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Monday, 9 October 2017

EU Commission: Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture: Council conclusions

Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture: Council conclusions

On 9 October 2017 the Council adopted conclusions, setting out the EU's position for the seventh session of the governing body of the international treaty on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (ITPGRFA), which will take place in Kigali (Rwanda) from 30 October to 3 November 2017.

The conclusions focus on some of the key themes of the event, namely the role of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the review of the multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing and of the funding strategy established by the treaty.

In the conclusions, the Council calls on the governing body of ITPGRFA to enhance the functioning of the existing multilateral system, expand its scope and improve its funding. It also underlines the significant contribution of farmers and local communities to the conservation and development of plant genetic resources, and the importance of the treaty's provisions on 'farmers' rights'.


The international treaty on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture was adopted on 3 November 2001 by the 31st session of the Conference of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and entered into force on 29 June 2004.

The EU and its member states are contracting parties to the international treaty, which establishes a global system to provide farmers, plant breeders and scientists with access to plant genetic material for food and agriculture and aims to ensure, through a multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing, that recipients share the benefits they derive from the use of this genetic material with the countries in which the material originates.

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Indicative programme -Economic and Financial Affairs Council of 10 October 2017

Place:        European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL)
Chair:        Toomas Tõniste, Minister for Finance of Estonia 

All times are approximate and subject to change. 

from 08.00 
Arrivals (live streaming

+/- 08.40       
Doorstep by Minister Tõniste 

Ministerial breakfast (roundtable) 

Beginning of the Council meeting

Adoption of the agenda
Adoption of Legislative A items (public session)
Any other business:
- Current financial services legislative proposals (public session)
- Definative VAT system (public session)
Adoption of non-legislative A items
European Semester 2017
Preparation of the G20 meeting
Climate finance for the COP23
Any other business
- Digital taxation 
- Status of the implementation of financial services legislation

At the end of the meeting
Press conference
(live streaming)                    

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In the margins of the Council:

9 October

- Eurogroup meeting: 


At the end of the meeting
press conference
(live streaming)

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EU approves €200 million disbursement in Macro-Financial Assistance to Tunisia

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 9 October 2017 The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today approved the disbursement of a €200 million loan to Tunisia. This disbursement marks the launch of the second Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA-II) programme to Tunisia.

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Daily News 09 / 10 / 2017

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 09 / 10 / 2017 Brussels, 9 October 2017 Avenir des finances de l'UE: le nouveau rapport Cohésion alimente la discussion sur les fonds européens après 2020 Aujourd'hui, la Commission publie le 7e rapport Cohésion, qui prend le pouls des régions européennes et...

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