11 Nov 2014
AGRICULTURE COUNCIL RESULTSBrussels Daily
Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council 10 November
The Council reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities for 2015 and 2016 for deep-
sea stocks. The recently reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) provides that the quantities of
fish from specific stocks that can be caught take into account available scientific advice and
maximum sustainable yield (MSY).
The president of the Council, Mr Martina said: “Let me express my satisfaction about the political
agreement reached today, which marks a further step forward in the implementation of the new
CFP. The compromise text proposed by the Presidency in agreement with the Commission, goes in
the direction of greater protection of fish stocks, especially for the species particularly at risk.”
As regards agriculture the Council had an exchange of views on the financing of the European
agricultural guarantee fund (EAGF). The Commission amending letter to the draft EU budget
2015 proposes a reduction of the CAP budget. Most of the member states expressed concerns about
the potential consequences of this decision that will trigger the use of the crisis reserve for 2015
with a reduction of the direct payments.
“For a vast majority of member states, the Commission’s proposal does not meet the needs of the
agricultural sector, already under pressure due to the impact of the Russian ban. As the current
President of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, I will send a letter to the President of the
ECOFIN Council expressing the position of agriculture ministers in the context of the ongoing
conciliation process with the European Parliament”, Minister Martina said.
Finally, on young farmers, the President of the Council said. “I noted a large support from my
colleagues on the document that we presented for strengthening the policies towards young farmers,
in particular on the proposal to overcome the barriers in access to credit, land and knowledge. These
measures are essential to support the work of young farmers and to provide a future for European
agriculture. I am satisfied that the other member states have realized that youth unemployment must
be tackled fielding urgent and extraordinary measures.”
Without discussion, the Council laid down new rules to facilitate damage claims by victims of
antitrust violations. The Council today also adopted a regulation aimed at improving market
transparency for retail investors.