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Brussels, 8 May 2013
Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 13-14 May 2013
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting of May will take place in Brussels on 13th and 14th May 2013, under the presidency of Mr Simon Coveney, Irish Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The Commission will be represented by Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloş and Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki. A press conference will be held for each session at the end of the discussions – at lunch on Monday (Agriculture) and at the end of Tuesday's discussions (Fisheries). The public debates and the press conferences can be followed by video streaming: http://video.consilium.europa.eu.
Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy
The Council will discuss the Proposal for a Regulation on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Ministers are expected to adopt a revised mandate to facilitate the next stage of negotiations between the Irish Presidency and the European Parliament on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council on the reform are on-going and there have to date been five trilogues between the two institutions and the Commission. These trilogues are predominantly dealing with the four main substantive issues of the Maximum Sustainable Yield objective, the discard ban, regionalisation and fleet capacity management.
Other issues being discussed include scope and detail of the landing obligation, the rules determining the fixing and distribution of fishing opportunities, the composition of Advisory Councils, Member States' obligation to create fish stock recovery areas and empowerment for the Commission to adopt delegated acts.
The objective of the reformed fisheries policy is to end overfishing and make fishing sustainable - environmentally, economically and socially. The new policy aims to:
Council will also be informed on the state of play of the Proposal for a Regulation on the Common Organisation of the Markets in Fishery and Aquaculture Products.
The Presidency will brief Member States on the state of play of negotiations on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy proposed by the Commission in October 2011. Following the adoption of their negotiating mandates by the Council and the European Parliament (respectively on 19 and 13 March), eleven trilogues have been held by the three institutions, out of more than 30 which are planned for this final phase of negotiations on CAP reform. The shared objective is to reach a political agreement by the end of June 2013, with the formal adoption of the definitive legislative texts as a 1st reading agreement to follow in the autumn.
The four proposals on the table are:
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