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Informal meeting of ministers for agriculture and fisheries (AGRIFISH)

Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH)

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Informal meeting of ministers for agriculture and fisheries

The main discussion topic of the meeting is 'Empowering our farmers with effective tools to manage risks post-2020'.

The EU farming sector is facing increasing market and production risks, which is a result of increased price volatility on global markets and climate change. This affects farmers’ income and competitiveness, making long-term planning difficult and hampering incentives to invest.

Over the past few years our farming sector has experienced significant market tension. Although we have witnessed positive developments in most sectors, recovery is fragile. While different, exceptional measures taken have been of great help we have seen the shortcomings of current CAP and need to have proactive and effective risk management instruments in place to make our farming sector more resilient to different risks.

 In the Informal AGRIFISH Council we invite agricultural minister to discuss on the following questions: 

  • One of the main messages of the 2003 CAP reform was 'freedom to farm'. Have our farmers recognized their responsibility in managing the risks and has CAP provided them with efficient tools to do that? 
  • Should the amount of the crisis reserve be increased and should this amount be accumulated over the years to have a real impact in addressing market crises? Should this amount be accumulated on the EU or member state level? 
  • Do you consider direct payments as a risk management tool? Do you agree that further harmonisation of support levels is needed for direct payments to work as a real-risk cover? Should a certain part of direct payments be directed to the risk management fund and should it be voluntary or mandatory for farmers?

Videos related to the event are available on our videos page and photos of events can be accessed on our photos page or on our Flickr account.



Guided tour in Tallinn Old Town and a visit to Luscher and Matiesen Wine Museum


Welcome Reception, Tallinn Town Hall

Ministers' field trip day

  • 9.30-10.30 – 'Good Estonian Flavours', Kolgaküla Folk House (with journalists)
  • Visit to Viru Bog
  • Visit to Vihula Manor


Meeting of the Special Committee on Agriculture


Family photo


Field Trip

  • Visit to Kadarbiku Farm
  • Visit to Õllenaut Brewery


Gala dinner, Seaplane Harbour


Doorstep remarks by Minister

  • Welcome and handshake with the Minister for Rural Affairs
  • Welcome coffee


Family Photo


Tour de table


Informal meeting of ministers for agriculture and fisheries

  • Risk management: Empowering our farmers with effective tools to manage risks post-2020


Coffee break


Information from the Commission on fipronil contaminated eggs


Press conference

Attended by Estonian Rural Affairs Minister Tarmo Tamm, Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan and Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis.


Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia




Kertu Kärk

Kertu Kärk

Ministry of Rural Affairs / Spokesperson


Annikky Lamp

Annikky Lamp

Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU / Spokesperson (Coreper I)

+32 22273910 permrep.eu@mfa.ee


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