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Preparation of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Luxembourg, 28 June 2011

European Commission - MEMO/11/461   27/06/2011

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MEMO/11/461

Brussels, 27 June 2011

Preparation of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Luxembourg, 28 June 2011

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will meet in Luxembourg on Tuesday 28 June, under the presidency of Mr Sandor Fazekas, Hungarian Minister of Rural Development. Maritime Affairs & Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki, Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli and Agriculture & Rural Development Commissioner Dacian Cioloş will represent the Commission at the meeting. The Fisheries points will be dealt with in the morning, followed by a press conference. In the afternoon, ministers will continue the meeting on the Agriculture points with a second press conference at the end of the meeting.

Fisheries

The fisheries-related items on the Council agenda are the Commission's Communication on the Consultation on Fishing Opportunities for 2012 as well as three points under Any Other Business.

Consultation on Fishing Opportunities for 2011

The Council will hold an exchange of views on the Commission's Communication on Fishing Opportunities for 2012, published on 25 May (IP/11/638). In parallel to the discussions at Council, a consultation of stakeholders and the public is running until 1 September on the Commission's website.

The Communication sets out how the Commission intends to act on the scientific advice it receives about the state of fish stocks when proposing catch limits and quotas for the next year fish stocks. The document outlines the state of the stocks, and highlights the Commission's continued commitment to long-term plans management and to fishing management in accordance with scientific advice.

The Communication also includes, for stocks for which no long-term plans have yet been proposed, the intention to base TAC (Total Allowable Catches) proposals on a new form of scientific advice developed by ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) in 2010. The aim is to achieve the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) by 2015, as agreed in World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.

Furthermore, the Communication indicates the Commission's intention to apply a 25% reduction in TAC when no or incomplete scientific advice is available.

Another new element introduced by the Communication is the intention to present two Commission proposals this year (splitting the current TAC and quotas proposal): one on internal stocks and another one on shared and international stocks. The first formal proposal will be submitted to Council in September, the second formal proposal in November. Commission proposals for the Baltic and the Black Sea will be submitted to Council in September and November, respectively.

Any other business

  • The Dutch delegation will report on a high-level conference on the future of the Common Fisheries Policy which was organized by the Netherlands in early March.

  • The Irish delegation will inform Council on the current state of play and possible options for the unrestricted fishing of mackerel by Iceland and Faroe Islands.

  • A number of Member States have requested a point on European funding for the fisheries sector post-2013. Commissioner Damanaki will make a brief intervention on the topic.

Agriculture

E-Coli outbreak

The Council will have a discussion on the follow-up of the E-Coli outbreak. Commissioner John Dalli will inform the Ministers on the health aspects and Commissioner Dacian Cioloş on the market implications of the E-Coli outbreak and the measures taken by the Commission.

Any other business

  • On request of the Italian delegation, supported by different other Member States, the Council will have a discussion on the future of the aid programme for the Most Deprived Persons of the Union. The Commission adopted recently the 2012 programme (see IP/11/756). Because of a ruling of the Court of Justice in April, only food from existing intervention stocks can be used for this programme. As a result, due to the limited stocks available, the value of the 2012 programme is limited to € 113 million, even if € 500 million are available in the budget.

  • Information of the Hungarian Presidency on the NGO conference "Creating coherence on trade, development and sustainability: The European animal sector in focus" (Debrecen, 26-28 May 2011)

  • Oral information from the French delegation on the outcome of the G20 Ministerial meeting in Paris on 22-23 June


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