EU agriculture and fisheries ministers met in Brussels on Monday to discuss organic farming, fishing quotas for 2015 and the future of the dairy sector.
Cyprus was represented by Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Nicos Kouyialis.
The Cypriot Minister stressed in his intervention how important organic farming is for Cyprus and opposed exemptions and changes to control systems, noting that they could negatively affect the consumers’ trust in organic products.
The Council debated the future of the dairy sector after the abolition of milk quotas in 2015. Kouyialis emphasised the need to reach a mutually acceptable solution.
The ministers also discussed a communication preparing the ground for new EU fishing quotas for 2015, with the Cypriot minister noting that the management of fish stocks in the Mediterranean should concern all non-EU neighbouring countries of the Mediterranean. In this context, Kouyialis called on the European Commission to take advantage of the opportunities provided to it.