Agriculture and Fisheries Council
18/12/2012 - 20/12/2012
Justus Lipsius building, Brussels, Belgium
Agriculture, fisheries and food
Council of the EU
The Council will try to reach political agreement on:
- two regulations relating to fishing opportunities for 2013 for EU vessels in the waters of the Atlantic, the Channel and the North Sea. These regulations fix each year the total allowable catches (TAC) and member states' fishing quotas in order to keep the fishing stocks at sustainable levels, consistent with the overall objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy. One of the proposals concerns fish stocks which are not subject to international negotiations or agreement, and the second proposal concerns stocks which are;
- a regulation fixing for 2013 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks in the Black Sea, namely turbot and sprat, the only ones being managed at EU level. A recent scientific report concludes on sustainable exploitation levels for sprat and large overfishing of turbot in the Black Sea;
- a proposal for amending regulation 1342/2008 establishing a long-term plan for cod stocks and the fisheries exploiting those stocks (13745/12). The regulation called for an evaluation of the management measures three years after the implementation of the plan, which was done by the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) in 2011. The STECF report stated that the cod plan has not achieved its objectives and that they are unlikely to be achieved by 2015. This amendment to the regulation is therefore intended as an interim solution pending the development and implementation of a mixed-fishery plan for North Sea fisheries as anticipated in the reform.
As regards agriculture, the Presidency will present to ministers its progress report on the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP). The report highlights the progress achieved during the second half of 2012 on the CAP reform proposals. It has been drawn up under the responsibility of the Presidency on the basis of the positions expressed within the Council and its preparatory bodies during this semester.
A presidency briefing, agenda and background note will be published on the Council website closer to the date of the meeting.