Slovakia took over its first ever European Union (EU) Council Presidency on July 1, 2016. With Slovakia’s Presidency already overshadowed by broader EU crises (i.e. the United Kingdom’s (UK) referendum on EU membership, the migration crisis, and concerns about the future of the Eurozone), it is unclear how effective the Slovak Presidency will be over the next 6 months. highlights of Slovakia’s stated priorities relating to agriculture include the current farm crisis, simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and promoting biodiversity. The Slovak Presidency will also inherit the draft organic food regulation proposed by the European Commission in 2014. 

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