18 Jan 2015
AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES COUNCIL – 26 JANUARYBrussels Daily
Agriculture and Fisheries Council – Monday 26 January
The Latvian presidency will present its work programme on agriculture and fisheries for the six months to come.
For fisheries, the Council will be briefed by the Commission and will hold an exchange of views on a proposal for a regulation establishing a multiannual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks. The objective of this management plan is to ensure that the Baltic stocks of cod, herring and sprat are exploited in a sustainable way, according to the principles of maximum sustainable yield and of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management. To this end, these stocks should be harvested at levels which can produce the maximum sustainable yield.
In addition, the Commission will brief ministers on the state of play of the implementation of the landing obligation through the “omnibus” regulation. In order to make the landing obligation introduced by the reformed common fisheries policy (CFP) operational, changes in certain provisions for technical measures and control regulations were combined in a single text, an “omnibus” regulation proposed by the Commission.
As regards agricultural issues, the Commission will brief ministers on the consequences of the Russian ban on EU agricultural products in place since August last year and on the measures put in place to alleviate these consequences for the fruit and vegetables sector and the milk sector.