At the invitation of the President of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Federal Minister Horst Seehofer, the EU Agriculture Ministers will be conducting an Informal Meeting in Mainz and
the Rheingau region from 20 to 22 May 2007. Almost 30 European agriculture ministers are expected in Mainz and the surrounding area over the next few days.

“I would like to continue the discussion on the future of rural regions which was conducted under the Austrian and Finnish presidencies, and have therefore made ‘Protecting the basis of life in
the regions of Europe – for diversity, quality and innovation’ a focal area of our talks”, says Federal Minister Horst Seehofer. “The traditional Informal Meeting of the EU Agriculture
Ministers is a highlight of my presidency of the EU Agriculture Council. I am also looking forward to showing my colleagues some special cultural sights in Mainz and the Rheingau region”,
continued Seehofer.

With “Wine and Culture” as the motto of the meeting, the ministers can expect a varied programme which begins this Sunday and will provide opportunities both for intensive technical discussions
and also for visiting a number of historical sights.

Germany has been conducting the official business of the EU Council Presidency since 1 January 2007. Traditionally, these meetings are held once during each Council Presidency, and take place
in the country which holds the Presidency at the time. They serve to establish fundamental policy at an informal level and to promote the “good relationships” between Member States. In addition
to the Member States, delegations from the candidate counties of Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey will also be participating in the meeting in Mainz.

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