Ag & Fish Council meet today

12 Jun 2012

The Agriculture & Fisheries Council is meeting in Luxembourg today and is expected to reach political agreement on the two main proposals within the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy reform.

These are the proposal for a regulation on the basic provisions of the Common Fisheries Policy; and the proposal for a regulation on the Common Organisation of the Markets in Fishery and Aquaculture Products.

The Presidency will also present a progress report on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

CFP reform
The Council is expected to reach a political agreement on the following main proposals of the CFP reform:

Basic provisions of the CFP, which focus on fishing sustainably: To this end, all stocks should be rebuilt to maximum sustainable yield (MSY) levels through conservation and better management through multi-annual plans, and by ending the practice of discards. Transferable fishing concessions are proposed, to help adjust the fleet capacity. The proposal stresses the importance of reliable and complete data for decision-making. The decision-making process should be more decentralised and take account of the regional specifics, to avoid micro-management at the EU level. Measures to support the aquaculture industry are also proposed.

Common Organisation of the Markets in fishery and aquaculture products: This proposal aims to help achieve the goals of the CFP, to make the industry more competitive and the markets more transparent, and to ensure a level playing field for all products marketed in the EU. It also aims to better inform the consumers through improved labelling of fishery and aquaculture products.

The Presidency will present a progress report to the Council on the discussions so far on the proposal for a new financial instrument, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The new fund will help deliver the ambitious objectives of the reform. It will assist fishermen in the transition towards sustainable fishing, as well as coastal communities in the diversification of their economies. The fund will finance projects that create new jobs and improve quality of life along European coasts.

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