The extraordinary meeting of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) took place in Strasbourg on Monday, 12 November 2018,.

Five reports were originally put to the vote, including Common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and financial rules for those and for the Asylum and Migration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Border Management and Visa Instrument for which I am shadow rapporteur in the shadow, but for which the vote has been postponed.

The AGRI opinion on the state of the debate on the future of Europe was adopted. It refers to the importance of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), especially when it comes to innovation, development and future problems at European level.

The second report put to the vote and adopted was the opinion on the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund. The AGRI opinion rapporteur insisted that this report should encourage a better balance between rural and urban areas and highlighted the need for education and job creation in rural areas.

The last two reports adopted on Monday referred to the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco. In general, trade is beneficial to both parties, but animal welfare and transport standards are concerned.

After the votes, a representative of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) presented the current situation on the sugar market. For white sugar, global prices in recent weeks have increased, but are returning to the level at which they were 10 months ago. European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, suggests that caution is needed in the sugar market in the coming period.

Finally, a representative of the European Commission made a presentation on the current situation of the Indica rice imports from Cambodia and Myanmar. Indica Rice is exempt from customs duties due to the Generalized System of Preferences and the investigation is designed to determine whether the price or volume of Indica rice imported from Cambodia and Myanmar is causing difficulties for European rice producers. The investigation will be completed in 12 months.

For more details, you can watch the registration of the meeting: