15 Dec 2015
RESULTS AGRICULTURE-FISHERIES COUNCIL 14 -15 DECEMBERBrussels Daily
The Council reached agreement on the 2016 fishing opportunities for the stocks in the Atlantic, the North Sea, international fisheries in which EU vessels participate and in the Black Sea. The fishing opportunities are established under the form of yearly total allowable catches (TACs) by fish stocks in the different fishing zones. Those TACs are sub divided into fishing quotas by member state.
The President of the Council noted “We have reached a balanced compromise that allows the sustainable use of fisheries resources, in line with the key pillars of the new Common Fisheries Policy”.
Ministers had an exchange of views on a report developed by the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) on “Sustainable agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the bio-economy – A challenge for Europe” A large majority of member states supported the core priorities areas outlined in the report in the context of the preparation of an EU long-term strategy for agricultural research and innovation.
The Presidency reported to the Council on the progress achieved during the second half of 2015 on a legislative proposal on veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed.
Finally, the Presidency briefed the Council on a tentative agreement reached with the European Parliament on a proposal on school fruit, vegetable and milk scheme.
Difficulties in the pigmeat sector
At the request of the Polish delegation, the ministers took stock of the deteriorating situation in the pigmeat sector (14979/15).
Since the beginning of 2014, the pigmeat prices on the market are at a very low level. The Polish delegation supported by several member states welcomed in this respect the
exceptional support provided for temporary aid to farmers in the livestock and the planned launch of a private storage scheme. The member states feared however that those
measures would be insufficient to stabilise the pigmeat market and asked for further measures. Certain member states expressed views about
possible structural measures to overcome the crisis in the pigmeat sector.
The Commission confirmed that the private storage scheme will be launched at the beginning of next year and briefed ministers about possible market opportunities for
pigmeat negotiated with foreign countries.
The Council adopted a directive establishing new rules on insurance distribution, improving consumer protection for insurance products.
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