14 Oct 2014
RESULTS AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES COUNCIL 13 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
Main results of the Council
The Council reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities for 2015 for certain fish stocks in the Baltic Sea. The quantities of fish from specific stocks that can be caught take into account available scientific advice and, for the first time, provisions introduced by the recently reformed Common Fisheries Policy, such as the landing obligation and maximum sustainable yield (MSY).
The president of the Council, Mr Martina underscored that “The regulation on TACs and quotas for the Baltic is the first to be discussed after the entry into force of the new common fisheries policy (CFP). It thus becomes an important tool for its implementation, having regard to all the innovations introduced.“
Furthermore, ministers acknowledged that the Russian embargo on EU fishing products will have consequences on the management of certain of those fish stocks.
The Council also held an exchange of views on EU-Norway annual consultations and the ICCAT annual meeting.
The Council discussed the impact and implications of the Russian ban on imports of EU agricultural products. Most of the member states recognised the appropriateness of the emergency market measures on fruit and vegetables and the milk sector decided by the Commission. However, in the milk sector, some of the most affected countries called for additional measures to mitigate the strong fall of prices observed on their market.
The Council also:
– took stock of the situation regarding African Swine Fever (ASF) in the EU
– held a debate on the main elements of the contribution by the agricultural sector to the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy.
Ministers were also briefed on international agricultural trade issues.
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