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11 January, 2003
Greece's Agriculture Minister George Drys met on Friday with visiting EU Commissioners for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries Franz Fischler and Health and Consumer Protection David Byrne. The meeting was organized as part of the inauguration events of the Greek six-month rotating EU Presidency.
Drys' talk with Commissioner Fischler focused on the Greek Presidency's priorities on the areas of agriculture and fisheries. Specific emphasis was given to the recommendations the EU Commission is expected to make on the revision of the Common Agricultural Policy and the review process so that decisions can be taken before the end of the Greek EU Presidency.
Discussion between Drys and Byrne centered on priorities regarding animal welfare and food safety. According to Drys, the issue of Quality Agriculture will be discussed in detail during the informal Ministers Council, to be held on Corfu 12-14 May.
Source: Athens News Agency