Cyprus Presidencyof the European Union Council 1st July -31st December 2012 17th SCAR Plenary meeting Brussels 12 December 2012 Dr Dora Chimonidou, Director of Agricultural Research Institute, Cyprus
Priorities of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment during the Cypriot EU Presidency• Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy with concrete proposals of new regulations• The Common Fisheries Policy and its Sustainability• The Environmental policies - Preservation of scarce water resources - Impact of Climate Change at its mitigation
Actions concerning Agriculture Policy• Significant progress has been achieved on the discussions for the CAP Reform: – Direct Payments Regulation – Rural Development Regulation – Single Common Market Organization Regulation – Horizontal Regulation A detailed progress report will be presented at the December AGRIFISH Council.
Actions concerning Fisheries• Cyprus Presidency managed to reach partial General Approach on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Proposal (October Council) • Total Allowable Catches (TAC) and Quotas – Baltic (October Council) – Deep sea (November Council) – TACs and Quotas Internal – TACs and Quotas subject to international On the agenda for December Council negotiations – Black Sea
Actions concerning EnvironmentCouncil Conclusions were adopted on the :• UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)• UN Conference on Climate Change• Blueprint to Safeguard European Waters (pending December 17Council)Progress towards first reading agreement:• Proposal for a Regulation on monitoring/ reporting greenhousegas emissions• Proposal for a Decision on greenhouse gas emissions/ removalsfrom land use, land use change and forestry• Proposed Regulation on Life+Orientation debates:• Draft Regulation on Ship Dismantling• 7th Environment Action Programme• “Greening” the European Semester/Annual Growth Survey 2013
Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU Research and InnovationResearch Priorities• Horizon 2020 – 4 legislative proposals• European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) – 2 legislative proposals• European Research Area (ERA)
Research and Innovation actions during the CY Presidency• The Cyprus Presidency has impulse, as main target of the Presidency, the negotiations of Horizon 2020 (H2020), the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2014-2020.• The main political achievements of the Cyprus Presidency regarding H2020 has been the following: – Partial Agreement on the Rules of Participation. – Amendment of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Regulation. – Partial Agreement of the Specific Programme Implementing H2020.
The main activities in R&I of the CyprusPresidency were: Conference on “Research and Innovation in Health”, 12-13 October Conference “People 2012 (Marie Curie actions in H2020)”, 5-6 November EIT Stakeholders Conference, 8-9 November ERA Conference, 14th November
EIT Stakeholders Conference – Addressing Societal Challenges through the EIT, 8 & 9 November 2012 (participants: 200)RECOMMENDATIONS: – The EIT 3 actual Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) (Climate, InnoEnergy and ICT Labs) as well as the new 6 being drafted, will participate as key stakeholders to tackling the societal challenges identified in H2020. – A Platform for sharing the setting-up and experiences gained from the first 3 KIC will be established. – The KICs should cover more ground and reach a wider audience to boost the EIT impact on Europe’s Innovation capacity and competitiveness. These recommendations will be presented in the next December Competitiveness Council.
The six new EIT KICs had been proposed from the perspective of all three sectors: higher education, research and businessThe future KICs can help address the major societal and economic challenges and will enhance EITs capacity• Innovation for healthy living and active ageing• Sustainable Exploration, Extraction, Processing, Recycling and Substitution of Raw Materials• Food4Future: Sustainable Food Supply Chain• Added Value Manufacturing• Smart Secure Societies• Urban Mobility EIT Stakeholders Conference – Addressing Societal Challenges through the EIT Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus
The double Conference “ Organic and Low Input Agriculture: Implementing Innovation to Respond to EU Challenges ” 24-26 September 2012 in Larnaca-Cyprus organized by the Cyprus EU presidency, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Directorate-General for Research of the EU Commission, the TP Organics, the IFOAM EU- Group in cooperation with the local organic association Pasybio (with 90 participant). It started with a visit to the experimental station of the Agricultural Research Institute of Cyprus and some organic agricultural projects. THE ISSUES: – Potential of organic research projects – Challenges of agriculture imposed by climate change and shortage of water resources PARTICIPANTS PROPOSALS:- Better networking of research proposals (over 50 projects financed by the EC in the period 2000-2012)- Setting priorities for the organic research in the future- Organic research as a tool to face the challenges of climate change and adaptation of agriculture to local conditions- Establishment of a scientific database on Organic Eprints, and launching of the Organic Data Network- Proposal of a Prize for Organic Research sponsored by DG Agriculture of the EC
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