Council of the EU, Agriculture, fisheries and food
The Council will hold an exchange of views on the Irish presidency's work programme for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and on the key issues requiring further discussion in this context, following the general approaches reached last year by the Council on the CFP reform proposals.
Ministers will also hold a debate on a proposal aimed at introducing a discard ban in the Skagerrak. The debate is expected to focus in particular on the monitoring of the implementation of such a ban and on the arrangements for the landing of catches.
Moreover, the Council will be briefed by the Commission about the state of play in the annual consultations between the EU and Norway under their bilateral fisheries agreement. The two main issues in these consultations are the establishment of the total allowable catches (TACs) for jointly managed stocks in the North Sea and the reciprocal exchanges of quotas.
The Council will also hold an exchange of views on the Irish presidency's work programme in the field of agriculture and in particular on the roadmap for the reform of the common agricultural policy.
A presidency briefing, agenda and background note will be published on the Council website closer to the date of the meeting.