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News Informal Meeting of Agriculture Ministers

Agriculture Ministers from across the EU met on May 23 2017, together with representatives from major EU agriculture stakeholders, during the Maltese Informal Council of Agriculture Ministers to discuss the interrelationships between water as a scarce resource, climate change and their impact on agriculture. The roundtable session was addressed by both the EU Commissioner for Agriculture Mr. Phil Hogan, as well as the Maltese Commissioner responsible for the Environment, Mr. Karmenu Vella.

During the discussions it clearly emerged that vulnerability to scarce water resources and the onset of climate change adaptation are a main challenge to agriculture in the EU. It also emerged that increased resilience in the agricultural sector is key to sustainability and to increasing agricultural sector competitiveness, apart from the aspect of social contribution and sensitivity to the environment. EU Agriculture Ministers also debated how a robust water governance framework integrating all users of water, not least the farming sector, needs to be an important consideration in the EU’s efforts to adapt to climate change and protect natural resources.

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Geographical coverage Malta,
News date 31/05/2017
Working language(s) ENGLISH