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COUNCIL OF
THE EUROPEAN UNION

EN

18708/11

PRESSE 501

PR CO 81

PRESS RELEASE

3137th Council meeting

Agriculture and Fisheries

Brussels, 15-16 December 2011

President Mr Marek SAWICKI
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland

Main results of the Council

Concerning Fisheries, the ministers reached a political agreement on 2012 fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks for EU vessels in Union and certain non-Union waters and on fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks in the Black Sea.

Still in Fisheries, the Council had an exchange of views on the European maritime and fisheries fund. Ministers were also briefed on a proposal on certain measures in relation to countries allowing non-sustainable fishing.

As regards Agriculture, proposals for decisions authorising the use of four genetically modified varieties in food, feed and for other uses were presented to the Council for adoption. No qualified majority was reached either for or against the authorisations.

In addition, ministers had an exchange of views on the CAP reform proposal for a regulation on rural development.

Without discussion, the Council adopted conclusions on the future of the promotion of agricultural promotion policy.

Finally, the Council was briefed on the protection of animals during transport, on Codex Alimentarius negotiations, progress and prospects, on aid for processed citrus fruit and on decisions authorising the placing on the market of genetically modified organisms.

Over lunch, ministers discussed on risk management toolkit and innovation in the framework of the CAP reform (second pillar).

CONTENTS1

PARTICIPANTS

ITEMS DEBATED

Total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas for 2012

Fishing opportunities for 2012 in the Black Sea

European maritime and fisheries fund

Authorisation of four genetically modified varieties

CAP reform - rural development

OTHER BUSINESS

Measures against countries allowing non-sustainable fishing

EU-Morocco fishery agreement

Aid for processed citrus fruit

Decisions authorising the placing on the market of genetically modified organisms

Welfare of animals during transport

Draft Codex strategic plan 2014-2019

OTHER ITEMS APPROVED

AGRICULTURE

  • Vaccination against bluetongue

  • Financial rural development measures for Member States with economic difficulties

  • Food for the most deprived persons

  • Future of agricultural promotion policy - Conclusions

  • Council conclusions - Report on the single payment scheme

FISHERIES

  • Access by Venezuelan fishing vessels to French Guiana

  • Community producer prices for 2012 for certain fishery products

ENVIRONMENT

  • Excess CO2 emissions from new cars

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Temporary reception of certain Palestinians

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY

  • Restrictive measures - Belarus

  • Restrictive measures - Democratic Republic of the Congo

TRADE POLICY

  • Anti-counterfeiting trade agreement

SOCIAL POLICY

  • Coordination of social security schemes - EU/Switzerland

PARTICIPANTS

Belgium:

Ms Sabine LARUELLE Minister for the Middle Class, SMEs, the Self-Employed, Agriculture

Mr Kris PEETERS Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for the Economy, Foreign Policy, Agriculture and Rural Policy

Bulgaria:

Mr Miroslav NAYDENOV Minister for Agriculture and Food

Mr Peter STEFANOV Deputy Permanent Representative

Czech Republic:

Mr Petr BENDL Minister for Agriculture

Mr Juraj CHMIEL Deputy Minister for Agriculture

Denmark:

Ms Mette GJERSKOV Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries

Germany:

Ms Ilse AIGNER Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

Mr Robert KLOOS State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

Estonia:

Mr Gert ANTSU Deputy Permanent Representative

Ireland:

Mr Simon COVENEY Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Greece:

Mr Konstantinos SKANDALIDIS Minister for Rural Development and Food

Mr Spyridon-Adonis GEORGIADIS Deputy Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping

Mr Andreas PAPASTAVROU Deputy Permanent Representative

Spain:

Ms Rosa AGUILAR RIVERO Minister for the Environment and the Rural and Marine Environment

Ms Ana Isabel MARIÑO Minister of Environment and Spatial planning of the Autonomous Community of Madrid

Ms Rosa María QUINTANA Minister of Sea of the Autonomous Community of Galicia

Mr Josep PUXEU ROCAMORA State Secretary for the Rural Environment and Water

France:

Mr Bruno LE MAIRE Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, the Countryside and Land Use Planning

Mr Philippe LEGLISE COSTA Deputy Permanent Representative

Italy

Mr Mario CATANIA Minister for Agriculture

Cyprus:

Mr Sofoclis ALETRARIS Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment

Latvia:

Ms Laimdota STRAUJUMA Minister for Agriculture

Lithuania:

Mr Mindaugas KUKLIERIUS Deputy Minister for Agriculture

Mr Arūnas VINČIŪNAS Deputy Permanent Representative

Luxembourg:

Mr Romain SCHNEIDER Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development, Minister for Sport, Minister with responsibility for Economic Solidarity

Ms Michèle EISENBARTH Deputy Permanent Representative

Hungary:

Mr Sándor FAZEKAS Minister for Rural Development

Malta:

Mr George PULLICINO Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs

Mr Patrick MIFSUD Deputy Permanent Representative

Netherlands:

Mr Henk BLEKER Minister for Agriculture and Foreign Trade

Mr Derk OLDENBURG Deputy Permanent Representative

Austria:

Mr Nikolaus BERLAKOVICH Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, the Environment and Water Management

Mr Harald GÜNTHER Deputy Permanent Representative

Poland:

Mr Marek SAWICKI Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development

Mr Kazimierz PLOCKE Deputy Minister for Agriculture

Mr Tadeusz NALEWAJK Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Mr Andrzej BUTRA Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Portugal:

Ms Assunção CRISTAS Minister for Agriculture, Maritime Affairs, Environment and Regional Planning

Mr José DIOGO ALBUQUERQUE State Secretary for Agriculture

Mr Manuel PINTO DE ABREU State Secretary for Maritime Affairs

Romania:

Mr Christian BĀDESCU Deputy Permanent Representative

Mr Achim IRIMESCU Minister Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Romania

Slovenia:

Ms Tanja STRNISA State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

Slovakia:

Mr Zsolt SIMON Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development

Mr Peter JAVORCÍK Deputy Permanent Representative

Finland:

Mr Jari KOSKINEN Minister for Agriculture and Forestry

Mr Risto ARTJOKI State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture

Sweden:

Mr Eskil ERLANDSSON Minister for Rural Affairs

United Kingdom:

Ms Caroline SPELMAN Secretary of State, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Mr Richard BENYON Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Fisheries

Commission:

Ms Maria DAMANAKI Member

Mr John DALLI Member

Mr Dacian CIOLOŞ Member

The Government of the Acceding State was represented as follows:

Croatia:

Mr Stjepan MIKOLČIĆ Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development

ITEMS DEBATED

Total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas for 2012

The Council reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities for 2012 for EU vessels in Union and certain non-Union waters on the basis of a Presidency compromise, drawn up in agreement with the Commission. This agreement concerns fish stocks which are not subject to international negotiations or agreements and stocks subject to international negotiations or agreements (14751/11; 16650/11).

The Council will adopt these regulations, following finalisation by the legal/linguistic experts, at one of its forthcoming meetings.

The following table sets out the indicative values of the principal TACs for 2012 compared with those for 2011 and the Commission proposal.

Fishing opportunities 2012 for EU vessels in Union waters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species Latin name

Species English name

Espèces nom français

ICES fishing zone

COUNCIL

COUNCIL

COUNCIL

COMMISSION Proposal

comparison

 

 

 

 

TACs 2012

TACs 2011

comparison 2012/2011

for 2012

Council TAC 2011 / Commis. Prop. 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

%

 

 

ANNEX IB KATTEGAT, ICES zones I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIV, EC waters of CECAF, French Guyana waters 

Argentina silus

Greater silver smelt

Grande argentine

I & II (EU and internat. waters) (ARU/1/2)

95

103

-8%

77

-25%

Argentina silus

Greater silver smelt

Grande argentine

III & IV (EU and internat. waters) (ARU/3/4)

1.082

1.176

-8%

882

-25%

Argentina silus

Greater silver smelt

Grande argentine

EU and internat. Waters of V, VI, VII (ARU/567)

4.316

4.691

-8%

3.518

-25%

Brosme brosme

Tusk

Brosmes

IIIa, EU waters of subdivisions 22-32 (USK/3A/BCD)

24

24

0%

20

-17%

Caproidae

Boarfish

Sanglier

Union and international waters of VI, VII and VIII (BOR/678)

82.000

33.000

148%

28050

-15%

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

VIaS, VIIb-c (HER/6AS7BC)

4.247

4.471

-5%

3.353

-25%

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

VIa Clyde (HER/06ACL)

To be established

 

 

To be established

 

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

VIIa (HER/07A/MM)

4.752

5.280

-10%

3.960

-25%

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

VIIe-f (HER/7EF)

980

980

0%

833

-15%

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

VIIg, h, j, k (HER/7G-K)

21.100

13.200

60%

21.100

60%

Engraulis encrasicolus

Anchovy

Anchois

IX, X; EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (ANE/9/3411)

8.360

7.600

10%

6.460

-15%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

Kattegat (COD/03AS)

133

190

-30%

0

-100%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

VIb; EU & internat. waters of Vb west of 12˚00'W and of XII & XIV (COD/5W6-14)

78

78

0%

59

-24%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

VIa, EU & internat. waters of Vb east of 12˚00'W (COD/5BE6A)

0

182

-100%

0

-100%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

VIIa (COD/07A)

380

506

-25%

0

-100%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

VIIb-c, VIIe-k, VIII, IX & X; EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (COD/7XAD34)

10.059

4.023

150%

9.679

141%

Lamna nasus

Porbeagle

Requin taupe commun

French Guyana waters, Kattegat; EU waters of Skagerrak, I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIV; EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1, 34.1.2 and 34.2 (POR/3-1234)

0

0

 

0

 

Lepidorhombus spp.

Megrims

Cardines

EU waters of IIa & IV (LEZ/2AC4-C)

1.845

1.845

0%

1.568

-15%

Lepidorhombus spp.

Megrims

Cardines

VI, EU and internat. waters of Vb; intern. Waters of XII & XIV (LEZ/56-14)

3.387

3.387

0%

2.879

-15%

Lepidorhombus spp.

Megrims

Cardines

VII (LEZ/07)

13.725

18.300

-25%

13.725

-25%

Lepidorhombus spp.

Megrims

Cardines

VIIIa, VIIIb, VIIId, VIIIe (LEZ/8ABDE)

1.716

1.806

-5%

1.355

-25%

Lepidorhombus spp.

Megrims

Cardines

VIIIc, IX & X; EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (LEZ/8C3411)

1.214

1.094

11%

1.182

8%

Lophiidae

Anglerfish

Baudroie

VI, EU & internat. waters of Vb, int. waters of XII & XIV (ANF/561214)

5.183

5.456

-5%

4.092

-25%

Lophiidae

Anglerfish

Baudroie

VII (ANF/07)

30.677

32.292

-5%

24.219

-25%

Lophiidae

Anglerfish

Baudroie

VIIIa,b,d,e (ANF/8ABDE)

8.220

8.653

-5%

6.490

-25%

Lophiidae

Anglerfish

Baudroie

VIIIc, IX, X, EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (ANF/8C3411)

3.300

1.571

110%

3.300

110%

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Haddock

Eglefin

EU and internat. waters of Vb, VIa (HAD/5BC6A)

6.015

2.005

200%

2.506

25%

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Haddock

Eglefin

VIIb-k, VIII, IX, X; EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (HAD/7X7A34)

16.645

13.316

25%

9.987

-25%

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Haddock

Eglefin

VIIa (HAD/07A)

1.251

1.317

-5%

988

-25%

Merlangius merlangus

Whiting

Merlan

VI, EU and internat. waters of Vb; internat. waters of XII and XIV (WHG/56-14)

307

323

-5%

242

-25%

Merlangius merlangus

Whiting

Merlan

VIIa (WHG/07A)

89

118

-25%

89

-25%

Merlangius merlangus

Whiting

Merlan

VIIb-h, and VIIj-k (WHG/7X7A-C)

19.053

16.568

15%

14.083

-15%

Merlangius merlangus

Whiting

Merlan

VIII (WHG/08)

3.175

3.175

0%

2.699

-15%

Merlangius merlangus

Whiting

Merlan

IX, X. EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (WHG/9/3411)

To be established

To be established

 

To be established

 

Merluccius merluccius

Hake

Merlu

IIIa; EU waters of subdivisions 22-32 (HKE/3A/BCD)

1.561

1.661

-6%

1.482

-11%

Merluccius merluccius

Hake

Merlu

EU waters of IIa and IV (HKE/2AC4-C)

1.819

1.935

-6%

1.726

-11%

Merluccius merluccius

Hake

Merlu

VI, VII; EU and internat. waters of Vb; internat. waters of XII, XIV (HKE/571214)

30. 9001

30.900

0%

27.575

-11%

Merluccius merluccius

Hake

Merlu

VIIIa-b, VIIId-e (HKE/8ABDE)

19.373

20.609

-6%

18.391

-11%

Merluccius merluccius

Hake

Merlu

VIIIc, IX, X, EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (HKE/8C3411)

12.299

10.695

15%

12.299

15%

Molva dypterigia

Blue ling

Lingue bleue

International waters of XII (BLI/12INT)

815

815

0%

611

-25%

Molva molva

Ling

Lingue

IIIa, EU waters of IIIb-d (LIN/3A/BCD)

92

92

0%

78

-15%

Nephrops norvegicus

Norway lobster

Langoustine

EU waters of IIa and IV (NEP/2AC4-C)

21.929

23.453

-6%

20.849

-11%

Nephrops norvegicus

Norway lobster

Langoustine

VI, EU and internat. waters of Vb (NEP/5BC6)

14.091

13.681

3%

13.950

2%

Nephrops norvegicus

Norway lobster

Langoustine

VII (NEP/07)

21.759

21.759

0%

17.551

-19%

Nephrops norvegicus

Norway lobster

Langoustine

VIII a, b, d, e (NEP/8ABDE)

3.899

3.899

0%

3.314

-15%

Nephrops norvegicus

Norway lobster

Langoustine

VIIIc (NEP/08C)

82

91

-10%

82

-10%

Nephrops norvegicus

Norway lobster

Langoustine

IX, X, EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (NEP/9/3411)

273

303

-10%

273

-10%

Penaeus spp.

'Penaeus' shrimps

Crevette royale

French Guyana (PEN/FGU)

To be established

To be established

 

To be established

 

Pleuronectes platessa

Plaice

Plie

VI; EU and internat. waters of Vb, internat. waters of XII and XIV (PLE/56-14)

693

693

0%

589

-15%

Pleuronectes platessa

Plaice

Plie

VIIa (PLE/07A)

1.627

1.627

0%

1.220

-25%

Pleuronectes platessa

Plaice

Plie

VII b, c (PLE/07BC)

78

78

0%

66

-15%

Pleuronectes platessa

Plaice

Plie

VII d, e (PLE/07DE)

5062

4665

9%

4179

-10%

Pleuronectes platessa

Plaice

Plie

VII f, g (PLE/7FG)

369

410

-10%

308

-25%

Pleuronectes platessa

Plaice

Plie

VII h, j, k (PLE/7HJK)

176

185

-5%

139

-25%

Pleuronectes platessa

Plaice

Plie

VIII, IX, X, EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (PLE/8/3411)

395

395

0%

336

-15%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

Lieu jaune

VI, EU and internat. waters of Vb, internat. waters of XII, XIV (POL/56-14)

397

397

0%

298

-25%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

Lieu jaune

VII (POL/07)

13.495

13.495

0%

10.121

-25%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

Lieu jaune

VIII a, b, d, e (POL/8ABDE)

1.482

1.482

0%

1.260

-15%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

Lieu jaune

VIIIc (POL/08C)

231

231

0%

196

-15%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

Lieu jaune

IX, X, EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (POL/9/3411)

282

282

0%

240

-15%

Pollachius virens

Saithe

Lieu noir

VII, VIII, IX, X, EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (POK/7/3411)

3.343

3.343

0%

2.842

-15%

Rajidae

Skates and rays

Requins et Raies

EU waters of IIa and IV (SRX/2AC4-C)

1.186

1.397

-15%

1.186

-15%

Rajidae

Skates and rays

Requins et Raies

EU waters of IIIa (SRX/03A-C)

58

58

0%

49

-16%

Rajidae

Skates and rays

Requins et Raies

EU waters of VIa-b, VIIa-c and VIIe-k (SRX/67AKXD)

9.915

11.379

-13%

8.548

-25%

Rajidae

Skates and rays

Requins et Raies

EU waters of VIId (SRX/07D)

887

887

0%

754

-15%

Rajidae

Skates and rays

Requins et Raies

EU waters of VIII and IX (SRX/89-C)

4.222

4.640

-9%

3.480

-25%

Solea solea

Common sole

Sole commune

IIIa; EU waters of Subdivisions 22-32 (SOL/3A/BCD)

610

840

-27%

520

-38%

Solea solea

Common sole

Sole commune

VI; EU and internat. waters of Vb; internat. waters of XII, XIV (SOL/56-14)

60

60

0%

51

-15%

Solea solea

Common sole

Sole commune

VIIa (SOL/07A)

300

390

-23%

220

-44%

Solea solea

Common sole

Sole commune

VIIb-c (SOL/7BC)

44

44

0%

37

-16%

Solea solea

Common sole

Sole commune

VIId (SOL/07D)

5.580

4.852

15%

5.300

9%

Solea solea

Common sole

Sole commune

VIIe (SOL/07E)

777

710

9%

777

9%

Solea solea

Common sole

Sole commune

VIIf, g (SOL/7FG)

1060

1.241

-15%

1060

-15%

Solea solea

Common sole

Sole commune

VIIh, j, k (SOL/7HJK)

423

423

0%

360

-15%

Solea solea

Common sole

Sole commune

VIIIa, b (SOL/8AB)

4.250

4.250

0%

3.755

-12%

Solea spp.

Sole

Sole

VIIIc, d, e, IX, X. EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (SOX/8CDE34)

1.072

1.072

0%

911

-15%

Sprattus sprattus

Sprat

Sprat

VIId-e (SPR/7DE)

5.150

5.421

-5%

4.066

-25%

Squalus acanthias

Spurdog/ dogfish

Aiguillat/ chien de mer

EU waters of IIIa (DGS/03A-C)

0

0

Not relevant

0

Not relevant

Squalus acanthias

Spurdog / dogfish

Aiguillat/ chien de mer

EU waters of IIa & IV (DGS/2AC4-C)

0

0

Not relevant

0

Not relevant

Squalus acanthias

Spurdog dogfish

Aiguillat chien de mer

EU and internat. waters of I, V, VI, VII, VIII, XII & XIV (DGS/15X14)

0

0

Not relevant

0

Not relevant

Trachurus spp.

Horse mackerel

Chinchard

VIIIc (JAX/08C)

25.011

25.137

-1%

25.011

-1%

Trachurus spp.

Horse mackerel

Chinchard

IX (JAX/09)

30.800

29.585

4%

30.800

4%

Trachurus spp.

Horse mackerel

Chinchard

X: EU waters of CECAF - Azores (JAX/X34PRT)

To be established

To be established

 

To be established

 

Trachurus spp.

Horse mackerel

Chinchard

EU waters of CECAF Madeira Islands (JAX/341PRT)

To be established

To be established

 

To be established

 

Trachurus spp.

Horse mackerel

Chinchard

EU waters of CECAF - Canary Islands (JAX/341SPN)

To be established

To be established

 

To be established

 

Fishing opportunities 2012 for EU vessels in certain non-Union waters

Species Latin name

Species English name

Espèces nom français

ICES fishing zone

COUNCIL

TACs 2012

COUNCIL

TACs 2011

COUNCIL

comparison 2012/2011

COMMISSION Proposal

for 2012

comparison

Council TAC 2011 / Commis. Prop. 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

%

 

 

ANNEX IB KATTEGAT, ICES zones I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIV, EC waters of CECAF, French Guyana waters 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ammodytidae

Sandeel

Lançon

Norwegian waters of IV (SAN/04-N)

Not relevant

0

Not relevant

0

Not relevant

Ammodytidae

Sandeel

Lançon

EU waters of IIa, IIIa and IV (SAN/2A3A4)

180000

354420

-49%

180000

-49%

Brosme brosme

Tusk

Brosmes

EU and internat. waters of I, II & XIV (USK/1214EI)

21

21

0%

18

-14%

Brosme brosme

Tusk

Brosmes

EU waters of IV (USK/04-C)

196

196

0%

167

-15%

Brosme brosme

Tusk

Brosmes

EU and internat. waters of V, VI, and VII (USK/567EI)

294

294

0%

294

0%

Brosme brosme

Tusk

Brosmes

Norwegian waters of IV (USK/04-N)

170

170

0%

170

0%

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

IIIa (HER/03A)

38.998

25.999

50%

38.998

50%

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

EU and Norwegian waters of IV north of 53°30' N (HER/4AB)

243.000

115.464

110%

241.565

109%

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

Norwegian waters south of 62° N (HER/04-N)

922

846

9%

922

9%

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

by-catches in IIIa (HER/03A-BC)

6.659

6.659

0%

6.659

0%

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

by-catches in IV, VIId and in EU waters of IIa (HER/2A47DX)

17.900

16.539

8%

17.900

8%

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

IVc, VIId (HER/4CXB7D)

44.550

26.536

68%

31.631

19%

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

EU and internat. waters of Vb and VIb and VIaN (HER/5B6ANB)

22.290

22.481

-1%

22.290

-1%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

Skagerrak (COD/03AN.)

3.660

3.711

-1%

3.660

-1%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

IV, EU waters of IIa, the part of IIIa not covered by the Skagerrak and Kattegat (COD/2A3AX4)

21.974

22.279

-1%

21.974

-1%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

Norwegian waters south of 62° N (COD/04-N)

382

382

0%

382

0%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

VIId (COD/07D)

1.543

1.564

-1%

1.543

-1%

Limanda limanda and Platichthys flesus

Dabe and Flounder

Dabé et Flet

EU waters of IIa and IV (D/F/2AC4-C)

18.434

18.434

0%

15.669

-15%

Lophiidae

Anglerfish

Baudroie

EU waters of IIa and IV (ANF/2AC4-C)

9.161

9.643

-5%

7.232

-25%

Lophiidae

Anglerfish

Baudroie

Norwegian waters of IV (ANF/04-N)

1.500

1.500

0%

1.500

0%

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Haddock

Eglefin

IIIa, EU waters of 22-32 (HAD/3A/BCD)

2.308

2.007

15%

2.308

15%

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Haddock

Eglefin

IV, EU waters of IIa (HAD/2AC4)

30.158

26.432

14%

30.158

14%

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Haddock

Eglefin

Norwegian waters south of 62° N (HAD/04-N)

707

707

pm

707

0%

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Haddock

Eglefin

VIb; XII and XIV (EU and internat. waters) (HAD/6B1214)

3.300

3.748

-12%

3.300

-12%

Merlangius merlangus

Whiting

Merlan

IIIa (WHG/03A)

1031

1.031

0%

1031

0%

Merlangius merlangus

Whiting

Merlan

IV; EU waters of IIa (WHG/2AC4)

15.750

13.349

18%

15.750

18%

Merlangius merlangus and Pollachius pollachius

Whiting and Pollack

Merlan et Lieu jaune

Norwegian waters south of 62° N (W/P/04-N)

190

190

0%

190

0%

Micromesistius poutassou

Blue whiting

Merlan bleu

Norwegian waters of II and IV (WHB/4AB-N)

0

0

Not relevant

0

Not relevant

Micromesistius poutassou

Blue whiting

Merlan bleu

EU and international waters of I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIIIa,b,d,e, XII and XIV (WHB/1X14)

63.421

10.042

532%

63.421

532%

Micromesistius poutassou

Blue whiting

Merlan bleu

VIIIc, IX and X; EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (WHB/8C3411)

10.043

1.030

875%

10.043

875%

Micromesistius poutassou

Blue whiting

Merlan bleu

EU waters of II, IVa, V, VI north of 56˚30N and VII west of 12˚W (WHB/24A567)

Not relevant

Not relevant

Not relevant

Not relevant

 

Microstomus kitt & Glyptocephalus cynoglossus

Lemon sole and Witch

Limande sole et plie grise

EU waters of IIa and IV (L/W/2AC4-C)

6.391

6.391

0%

5.432

-15%

Molva dypterigia

Blue ling

Lingue bleue

EU waters and internat. waters of Vb, VI, VII, XIIb (BLI/5BX12B)

1.882

1717

10%

1374

-20%

Molva molva

Ling

Lingue

EU and internat, waters of I, II (LIN/1/2)

36

36

0%

31

-14%

Molva molva

Ling

Lingue

EU waters of IV (LIN/04)

2.428

2.428

0%

2.064

-15%

Molva molva

Ling

Lingue

EU and internat. waters of V (LIN/05)

33

33

0%

28

-15%

Molva molva

Ling

Lingue

EU waters and internat. waters of VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII, XIV (LIN/6X14)

7.824

8.024

-2,5%

5.899

-26%

Molva molva

Ling

Lingue

Norvegian waters of IV (LIN/04-N)

850

850

0%

850

0%

Nephrops norvegicus

Norway lobster

Langoustine

IIIa; EU waters of IIIb-c and Subdivisions 22-32 (NEP/3A/BCD)

6.000

5.170

16%

6.000

16%

Nephrops norvegicus

Norway lobster

Langoustine

Norwegian waters of IV (NEP/4AB-N)

1.200

1.200

0%

1.200

0%

Pandalus borealis

Northern prawn

Crevette nordique

IIIa (PRA/03A)

3.780

4.448

-15%

3.780

-15%

Pandalus borealis

Northern prawn

Crevette nordique

EU waters of IIa and IV (PRA/2AC4-C)

3.058

3.598

-15%

3.058

-15%

Pandalus borealis

Northern prawn

Crevette nordique

Norwegian waters south of 62°00’ N (PRA/04-N)

480

480

0%

480

0%

Pleuronectes platessa

Plaice

Plie

Skagerrak (PLE/03AN)

7.791

7.791

0%

7.791

0%

Pleuronectes platessa

Plaice

Plie

Kattegat (PLE/03AS)

1.988

1.988

0%

1.988

0%

Pleuronectes platessa

Plaice

Plie

IV; EU waters of IIa; that part of IIIa not covered by the Skagerrak and Kattegat (PLE/2A3AX4)

79.201

68.862

15%

79.201

15%

Pollachius virens

Saithe

Lieu noir

IIIa and IV; EU waters of IIa,b,c,d (POK/2A34)

37.774

43.842

-14%

37.774

-14%

Pollachius virens

Saithe

Lieu noir

VI; EU and internat. waters of Vb, XII and XIV (POK/561214)

7.830

9.682

-19%

7.830

-19%

Pollachius virens

Saithe

Lieu noir

Norwegian waters south of 62° N (POK/04-N)

880

880

0%

880

0%

Psetta maxima & Scophthalmus rhombus

Turbot and brill

Turbot et barbue

EU waters of IIa and IV (T/B/2AC4-C)

4.642

4.642

0%

3.946

-15%

Reinhardtius hippoglossoides

Greenland halibut

Flétan du Groenland

EU waters of IIa and IV; EU and internat. waters Vb and VI (GHL/2A-C46)

169

169

0%

169

0%

Scomber scombrus

Mackerel

Maquereau

IIIa and IV; EU waters of IIa, IIIb-c and Subdivisions 22-32 (MAC/2A34)

19.855

20.002

-1%

19.855

-1%

Scomber scombrus

Mackerel

Maquereau

VI, VII, VIII a-b, VIIId-e; EU and internat. waters of Vb; Internat. waters of IIa, XII, XIV (MAC/2CX14)

259.129

325.245

-20%

259.129

-20%

Scomber scombrus

Mackerel

Maquereau

VIIIc, IX, X; EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1 (MAC/8C3411)

29.651

37.139

-20%

29.651

-20%

Scomber scombrus

Mackerel

Maquereau

Norvegian waters of Iia and IVa (MAC/xxxx)

10.176

13.018

-22%

10.176

-22%

Solea solea

Common sole

Sole commune

EU waters of II and IV (SOL/24)

16.150

14.050

15%

15.650

11%

Sprattus sprattus

Sprat

Sprat

IIIa (SPR/03A)

48.100

48.100

0%

48.100

0%

Sprattus sprattus

Sprat

Sprat

EU waters of IIa and IV (SPR/2AC4-C)

117.500

160.000

-27%

132.924

-17%

Trachurus spp.

Horse mackerel

Chinchard

EU waters of IVb, IVc, VIId (JAX/47D)

31.329

42.955

-27%

31.329

-27%

Trachurus spp.

Horse mackerel

Chinchard

EU waters of IIa, IVa, VI, VIIa-c, VIIe-k, VIIIa,b,d,e; Vb; EU and internat. waters of Vb; internat. Waters of XII & XIV (JAX/2A-14)

157.989

158.787

-1%

157.989

-1%

Trachurus spp.

Horse mackerel

Chinchard

X: EU waters of CECAF - Azores (JAX/X34PRT)

To be established

3.072

 

To be established

 

Trachurus spp.

Horse mackerel

Chinchard

EU waters of CECAF Madeira Islands (JAX/341PRT)

To be established

1.229

 

To be established

 

Trachurus spp.

Horse mackerel

Chinchard

EU waters of CECAF - Canary Islands (JAX/341SPN)

To be established

1.229

 

To be established

 

Trisopterus esmarki

Norway pout

Tacaud norvégien

IIIa; EU waters of IIa, IV (EC waters) (NOP/2A3A4)

0

0

 

0

 

Trisopterus esmarki

Norway pout

Tacaud norvégien

Norwegian water of IV (NOP/4AB-N)

0

0

 

0

 

 

 

Industrial fish

Norwegian waters of IV (I/F/4AB-N)

800

800

0%

800

na

 

 

Combined quota

EU waters of Vb; VI and VII (R/G/5B67-C)

Not relevant

Not relevant

 

Not relevant

 

 

 

Other species

Norwegian waters of IV (OTH/4AB-N)

5.000

5.000

 

5.000

 

 

 

Other species

EU waters of IIa, IV and VIa north of 56˚30N (OTH/2A46AN)

Not relevant

Not relevant

 

Not relevant

 

ANNEX IB NORTH EAST ATLANTIC AND GREENLAND AND ICES zones I, II, V, XII, XIV and Greenland waters of NAFO 0 and 1

Chionoecetes spp.

Snow crab

Crabe des neiges

Greenland waters of NAFO 0 and 1 (PCR/N01GRN)

500

499

0%

500

0%

Clupea harengus

Herring

Hareng

EU and Internat. waters of I and II (HER/1/2)

54.228

64.319

-16%

54.228

-16%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

Norwegian waters of I and II (COD/1N2AB)

16.309

14.127

15%

16.309

15%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

Greenland waters of NAFO 0 and 1, Greenland waters of V and XIV (COD/NO1514)

2.500

2.500

0%

2.500

0%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

Internat. waters of I and IIb (COD/1/2B)

27.785

25.575

9%

27.785

9%

Gadus morhua and Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Cod and haddock

Cabillaud et églefin

Faroese waters of Vb (C/H/05B-F)

0

0

 

0

 

Hippoglossus hippoglossus

Atlantic halibut

Flétan

Greenland waters of V, XIV (HAL/514GRN)

1.075

1.075

0%

1.200

12%

Hippoglossus hippoglossus

Atlantic halibut

Flétan

Greenland waters of NAFO 0 and 1 (HAL/N01GRN)

200

75

167%

200

167%

Mallotus villosus

Capelin

Capelan

IIb (CAP/02B)

0

0

 

0

 

Mallotus villosus

Capelin

Capelan

Greenland waters of V, XIV (CAP/514GRN)

56364

56364

0%

15400

 

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Haddock

Eglefin

Norwegian waters of I, II (HAD/1N2AB)

1.350

1.350

0%

1.350

0%

Micromesistius poutassou

Blue whiting

Merlan bleu

Faroese waters (WHB/2A4AXF)

0

0

 

0

 

Molva molva and Molva dypterigia

Ling and Blue ling

Lingue et lingue bleue

Faroese waters of Vb (B/L/05B-F)

0

0

 

0

 

Pandalus borealis

Northern prawn

Crevette nordique

Greenland waters of V and XIV (PRA/514GRN)

8.000

7.000

14%

8.000

14%

Pandalus borealis

Northern prawn

Crevette nordique

Greenland waters of NAFO 0 and 1 (PRA/N01GRN)

4.000

4.000

0%

4.000

0%

Pollachius virens

Saithe

Lieu noir

Norwegian waters I, II (POK/1N2AB)

2.550

2.550

0%

2.550

0%

Pollachius virens

Saithe

Lieu noir

International waters of I and II (POK/1/2INT)

0

0

 

0

 

Pollachius virens

Saithe

Lieu noir

Faroese waters of Vb (POK/05B-F)

0

0

 

0

 

Reinhardtius hippoglossoides

Greenland halibut

Flétan du Groenland

Norwegian waters of I and II (GHL/1N2AB)

50

50

0%

50

0%

Reinhardtius hippoglossoides

Greenland halibut

Flétan du Groenland

International waters of I and II (GHL/12/INT)

0

0

 

0

 

Reinhardtius hippoglossoides

Greenland halibut

Flétan du Groenland

Greenland waters of V and XIV (GHL/514GRN)

6.320

7.000

-10%

6.320

-10%

Reinhardtius hippoglossoides

Greenland halibut

Flétan du Groenland

Greenland waters of NAFO 0 and 1 (GHL/N01GRN)

2.650

2.650

0%

2.650

0%

Sebastes spp.

Redfish (shallow pelagic)

Sébaste

EU and internat. waters of V; internat. waters of XII and XIV (RED/51214S)

0

0

 

 

 

Sebastes spp.

Redfish (deep pelagic)

Sébaste

EU and internat. waters of V; internat. waters of XII and XIV (RED/51214D)

4944

5831

-15%

4944

-15%

Sebastes spp.

Redfish

Sébaste

Norwegian waters of I and II (RED/1N2AB)

1.500

1.500

0%

1.500

0%

Sebastes spp.

Redfish

Sébaste

Internat. Waters of I and II (RED/1/2INT)

Not relevant

Not relevant

 

Not relevant

 

Sebastes spp.

Redfish (pelagic)

Sébaste

Greenland waters of V, XIV (RED/514GRN)

6000

5227

15%

6000

15%

Sebastes spp.

Redfish

Sébaste

Icelandic waters of Va (RED/05A-IS)

0

0

 

0

 

Sebastes spp.

Redfish

Sébaste

Faroese waters of Vb (RED/05B-F)

0

0

 

0

 

 

By-catches

 

Greenland waters of NAFO 0, 1 (XBC/N01GRN)

2.300

2.300

0%

2.300

0%

 

Other species

 

Norwegian waters of I, II (OTH/1N2AB)

350

350

0%

350

0%

 

Other species

 

Faroese waters of Vb (OTH/05B-F)

0

0

 

0

 

 

Flatfish

 

Faroese waters of Vb (FLX/05B-F)

0

0

 

0

 

ANNEX IC NORTH WEST ATLANTIC Area of NAFO 

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

NAFO 2J3KL

0

0

0%

0

0%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

NAFO 3NO

0

0

0%

0

0%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Cabillaud

NAFO 3M (COD/N3M)

5292

5703

-7%

5292

-7%

Glyptocephalus cynoglossus

Witch flounder

Plie grise

NAFO 2J3KL

0

0

0%

0

0%

Glyptocephalus cynoglossus

Witch flounder

Plie grise

NAFO 3NO

0

0

0%

0

0%

Hippoglossoides platessoides

American Plaice

Faux Flétan

NAFO 3M

0

0

0%

0

0%

Hippoglossoides platessoides

American Plaice

Faux Flétan

NAFO 3LNO

0

0

0%

0

0%

Illex illecebrosus

Short fin squid

Calmar à nageoires courtes

NAFO sub-zones 3 and 4 (SQI/N34)

Not relevant

Not relevant

 

Not relevant

 

Limanda ferruginea

Yellowtail flounder

Limande à queue jaune

NAFO 3LNO (YEL/N3LNO)

0

0

0%

0

0%

Mallotus villosus

Capelin

Capelan

NAFO 3NO

0

0

0%

0

0%

Pandalus borealis

Northern prawn

Crevette nordique

NAFO 3L (PRA/N3L)

670

1069

-37%

670

-37%

Pandalus borealis

Nothern prawn

Crevette nordique

NAFO 3M (PRA/N3M)

Not relevant

Not relevant

 

Not relevant

 

Reinhardtius hippoglossoides

Greenland halibut

Flétan du Groenland

NAFO 3LMNO (GHL/N3LMNO)

7.093

7.466

-5%

7.093

-5%

Rajidae

Skate

Raie cendrée

NAFO 3LNO (SRX/N3LNO)

5.352

7.556

-29%

5.352

-29%

Sebastes spp.

Redfish

Sébaste

NAFO 3LN (RED/L3LN)

1094

1094

0%

1094

0%

Sebastes spp.

Redfish

Sébaste

NAFO 3M (RED/N3M)

7.813

7.813

0%

7.813

0%

Sebastes spp.

Redfish

Sébaste

NAFO 3O (RED/N3O)

7.000

7.000

0%

7.000

0%

Sebastes spp.

Redfish

Sébaste

NAFO Subarea 2, divisions 1F and 3K

0

0

 

0

 

Urophycis tenuis

White hake

Merluche blanche

NAFO 3NO (HKW/N3NO)

2.941

3.529

-17%

2.941

-17%

ANNEX ID HIGHLY MIGRATORY FISH - All AREAS

Thunnus thynnus

Bluefin tuna

Thon rouge

Atlantic Ocean, east of longitude 45°W and Mediterranean (BFT/AE045W)

5.756

5.756

0%

5.756

0%

Xiphias gladius

Swordfish

Espadon

Atlantic Ocean (north of latitude 5° N)

8.997

8.636

4%

8.997

4%

Xiphias gladius

Swordfish

Espadon

Atlantic Ocean (south of latitude 5° N)

5.379

5.318

1%

5.379

1%

Thunnus alalunga

Northern Albacore

Thon blanc

Atlantic Ocean (north of latitude 5° N)

26.939

27.917

-4%

26.939

-4%

Thunnus alalunga

Southern Albacore

Thon blanc

Atlantic Ocean (south of latitude 5° N)

1.540

1.915

-20%

1.540

-20%

Thunnus obesus

Bigeye tuna

Thon obèse

Atlantic Ocean

29.867

29.867

0%

29.867

0%

Makaira nigricans

Blue marlin

Makaire bleu

Atlantic Ocean

73

103

-29%

73

-29%

Tetrapturus alba

White marlin

Makaire blanc

Atlantic Ocean

56

47

19%

56

19%

ANNEX IE ANTARCTIC Area of CCAMLR

Champsocephalus gunnari

Antarctic icefish

Poisson des glaces antarctique

FAO 48.3 Anatarctic (ANI/F483)

3072

2305

33%

3072

33%

Champsocephalus gunnari

Antarctic icefish

Poisson des glaces antarctique

FAO 58.5.2 Antarctic (ANI/F5852)

0

78

-100%

0

-100%

Dissostichus eleginoides

Patagonian toothfish

Légines

FAO 48.3 Antarctic (TOP/F483)

2600

3000

-13%

2600

-13%

Dissostichus eleginoides

Patagonian toothfish

Légines

FAO 48.4 Antarctic north (TOP/F484N)

48

40

20%

40

0%

Dissostichus eleginoides

Patagonian toothfish

Légines

FAO 48.4 Antarctic south (TOP/F484)

33

30

10%

30

0%

Dissostichus spp.

Toothfish

Légines

FAO 58.5.2 Antarctic
TOP/F5852

2730

2550

7%

2730

7%

Euphausia superba

Krill

Krill

FAO 48
KRI/F48

5.610.000

5610000

0%

5.610.000

0%

Euphausia superba

Krill

Krill

FAO 58.4.1 Antarctic
KRI/F5841

440 000

440 000

0%

440 000

0%

Euphausia superba

Krill

Krill

FAO 58.4.2 Antarctic
KRI/F5842

2 645 000

2 645 000

0%

2 645 000

0%

Lepidonotothen squamifrons

Grey rockcod

Colin austral

FAO 58.5.2 Antarctic
NOS/F5852

80

80

0%

80

0%

Paralomis spp.

Crab

Crabe

FAO 48.3 Antarctic
PAI/F483

0

1600

-100%

0

-100%

Macrourus spp.

Grenadier

Grenadier

FAO 58.5.2 Antarctic
GRV/F5852

360

360

0%

360

0%

 

Other species

Autres espèces

FAO 58.5.2 Antarctic
OTH/F5852

50

50

0%

50

0%

Rajidae

Skates and rays

Requins et raies

FAO 58.5.2 Antarctic
SRX/F5852

120

120

0%

120

0%

Channichtyx rhinoceratus

Unicorn icefish

 

FAO 58.5.2 Antarctic
LIC/F5852

150

150

0%

150

0%

ANNEX IF SOUTH-EAST ATLANTIC OCEAN Area of SEAFO

Beryx spp.

Alfonsinos

Béryx

SEAFO

200

200

0%

200

0%

Chaceon spp.

Deep-sea Red crab

Gérion ouest-africain

SEAFO Sub Division B1

200

200

0%

200

0%

Chaceon spp.

Deep-sea Red crab

Gérion ouest-africain

SEAFO excluding Sub division B1

200

200

0%

200

0%

Dissostichus eleginoides

Patagonian Toothfish

Légine australe

SEAFO

230

230

0%

230

0%

Hoplostethus atlanticus

Orange roughy

Hoplosthète orange

SEAFO Sub Division B1
(ORY/F47NAM)

0

0

 

0

 

Hoplostethus atlanticus

Orange roughy

Hoplosthète orange

SEAFO, excluding Sub Division B1 (ORY/F47X)

50

50

 

50

 

ANNEX IG SOUTHERN BLUEFIN TUNA - All Areas

Thunnus maccoyii

Southern bluefin tuna

Thon rouge

By-catches in all areas (SBF/F41-81)

10

10

0%

10

0%

ANNEX IH WCFPC Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xiphias gladius

Swordfish

Espadon

WCPFC area south of 20˚ S

3.170

3.170

 

3170

 

ANNEX IJ SPFO Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trachurus murphyi

Jack mackerel

Chinchard du Chili

SPFO (CJM)

To be established

40.649

 

To be established

 

As regards data poor stocks, the Council and the Commission agreed that lack of reliable data impairs analytical advice for fish stocks. Member States should improve data availability to the relevant scientific bodies and to ensure that such data are consistent with the needs of the analytical assessments, in order to facilitate sustainable management of the relevant fisheries. For stocks where ICES has identified data deficiencies, the cause of these deficiencies and appropriate actions should be identified.

Concerning the long term plan for cod (regulation 1342/2008) the Council and the Commission agreed on a common interpretation of article 13 for the establishment of fishing effort.

In addition to the fishing opportunities 2012for the Black Sea on which the ministers reached a political agreement in this Council session (see below), the fishing opportunities 2012 for the Baltic Sea were already adopted on 30November 2011.

According to Article 43(3) of the Treaty, the Council adopts measures on a proposal from the Commission on the fixing and allocation of fishing opportunities.

As the existing provisions in the area of the proposal are applicable until 31 December 2011, with the exception of certain effort limitations which are applicable until 31 January 2012, the regulation will apply from 1 January 2012 on.

Fishing opportunities for 2012 in the Black Sea

Ministers reached a political agreement on a regulation fixing for 2012 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks applicable in the Black Sea (17396/11) on the basis of a Presidency compromise, drawn up in agreement with the Commission.

The Council will adopt this regulation, after finalisation by the legal/linguistic experts, through a written procedure.

The main element of the Presidency compromise endorsed by the Commission is a roll-over in the EU total allowable catches (TACs) in the Black Sea for turbot and sprat.

The following table sets out the indicative values of the TACs in the Black Sea for 2012 compared with those for 2011 and the Commission proposal.

Species Latin name

Species English name

Espèces nom français

ICES fishing
zone

COUNCIL

TACs 2012

COUNCIL

TACs 2011

COUNCIL

comparison 2012/2011

COMMISSION proposal

for 2012

comparison
Council TAC 2011 / Commission proposal
2012

Psetta maxima

Turbot

Turbot

Black Sea (TUR/F3742C)

86,4

86,4

0%

74

-15%

Sprattus sprattus

Sprat

Sprat

Black Sea (SPR/F3742C)

11.475

11.475

0%

11.475

0%

The Council, the Commission and the Member States concerned agreed that it was appropriate to establish adequate measures such as inspection schemes and benchmarks to address misreporting and illegal fishing for turbot in the Black Sea. Such measures should be developed jointly by Member States concerned and the Commission in 2012.

In addition, the Council and the Commission agreed that regional cooperation on fishing in the Black Sea should be established to promote sustainable stock management in this area and that they would each take actions in line with their competence.

According to Article 43(3) of the Treaty, the Council adopts measures on a proposal from the Commission on the fixing and allocation of fishing opportunities in the Black Sea.

As the existing provisions are applicable until 31 December 2011 the regulation will apply from 1 January 2012.

European maritime and fisheries fund

The Council heard the Commission’s presentation and hold an exchange of views on the proposal for a regulation on the European maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF) (17870/11).

The EMFF proposal must be seen in the context of Commission's proposal for a multiannual financial framework for 2014-2020, as well as the package for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

The general objective of the EMFF is to support the objectives of the CFP and to further develop the EU's integrated maritime policy (IMP). The common procedural provisions are laid down in this proposal for a horizontal regulation. With proposals for reforming the CFP currently being discussed in the Council and the launch of the IMP, it became necessary to adopt a long-term instrument for specific financial support. The Commission proposes that most of the current CFP and IMP instruments be integrated into one fund, with the exception of fisheries partnership agreements and the compulsory contribution to regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs).

The EMFF is proposed to be structured around 4 pillars:

  • Smart green fisheries (shared management);

  • Smart green aquaculture (shared management);

  • Sustainable and inclusive territorial development (shared management); and

  • Integrated maritime policy (direct centralised management).

Authorisation of four genetically modified varieties

Proposals for decisions authorising the use of four genetically modified varieties in food, feed and for other uses, but excluding cultivation, were presented to the Council for adoption. No agreement was reached either in favour of or against the authorisations.

Following the submission of initial applications for authorisation of these genetically modified varieties, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had initially been consulted, as provided for by Regulation 1829/2003, and had issued favourable scientific opinions. On that basis, the European Commission drew up proposals for authorising these varieties, which were presented to the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH). At its meeting on 9 February 2011, the SCoFCAH had been unable to achieve the qualified majority necessary to deliver an opinion for or against the authorisation measures proposed by the Commission. In the absence of an opinion it was up to the Council to act on the Commission proposals within a three-month period.

Today, the Council noted that there was not a qualified majority either in favour of or against the following four proposals:

  • proposal for a decision authorising the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of or produced from genetically modified cotton 281-24-236x3006-210-23 from Dow (15517/11)

  • proposal for a decision authorising the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of or produced from genetically modified maize Bt11xMIR604xGA21 from Syngenta (15518/11),

  • proposal for a decision authorising the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of or produced from genetically modified maize Bt11xMIR604 from Syngenta (15520/11), and

  • proposal for a decision authorising the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of or produced from genetically modified maize MIR604xGA21 from Syngenta (15521/11)

Now the Council has concluded its proceedings on this issue, the Commission is entitled to finalise the decision-making procedure in respect of all the proposals.

In this context, the Council acknowledged an information note by the Hungarian delegation whose examination at the current session had been foreseen to take place under "Any Other Business" (18417/11).

A standard article introduced since October 2007 in all decisions authorising the placing on the market of GMOs extends this authorisation beyond food and feed uses, i.e. to cover "any other uses", with the exception of cultivation. The Hungarian delegation, supported by Austria, Cyprus, Luxemburg, Slovenia and Greece expressed concerns about the fact that a risk assessment is carried out for food and feed purpose while no such assessment is specifically performed for “any other uses for GMOs.

In the light of preliminary clarifications provided by the Council Legal Service, the Commission reassured the Council that the concerns shared by Hungary and other delegations will be taken into account. It was also noted that after the entry into force of regulation 182/2011 on 1 March 2011, similar situations will no longer be examined by the Council. They will rather be dealt with by the competent "Appeal Committee" (chaired by the Commission).

CAP reform - rural development

Ministers held an exchange of views on the proposal for a regulation on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) (the rural development regulation) within the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP) (15425/11).

The debate concentrated on the actions envisaged to address new challenges within the second pillar as well as the instruments proposed under rural development and their definition. Most delegations noted that the content of the proposal could only be correctly assessed when the breakdown by Member States of the envelope for the second pillar is be known.

As regards how to address new challenges within the second pillar, a number of Member States considered the proposal went in the right direction. However several Member States wished the proposal focused more on innovation and competitiveness. A number of delegations also stressed the need for adequate support the modernisation and restructuring of the sector in order to improve the competitiveness. In addition, a vast majority of delegations stressed the need to ensure that the common strategic framework bringing the EAFRD into line with the structural funds would be consistent with the objective of the simplification of the CAP.

The instruments proposed were generally welcomed, although some Member States considered that a better clarification of some aspects would be useful. These instruments should support the construction of efficient, modern and competitive agricultural sector and rural economy. Flexibility to take into account the specificity of each country at national or regional level and simplification of the procedures would be essential. Most delegations considered that the risk management toolkit could be a useful instrument. Some countries felt that the definition of less favoured areas was not precise enough which meant that some areas normally covered could be excluded from this scheme.

The proposal on rural development is part of the CAP reform package which was presented by the Commission at the Agriculture Council meeting in October. On that occasion, the Council held a public debate on the whole package.

Together with the proposals on direct payments, on the single common market organisation (CMO) and on the financing of the CAP, the proposal for a regulation on rural development is one of the four main proposals to be adopted by the Council and the European Parliament (ordinary legislative procedure).

Concerning the CAP reform, the Council had already held a policy debate on direct payments at the last Agriculture Council meeting in November and will hold one more policy debate on the Single CMO proposal in January 2012.

OTHER BUSINESS

Measures against countries allowing non-sustainable fishing

Ministers were briefed by the Commission on a proposal for a regulation on certain measures in relation to countries allowing non-sustainable fishing for the purpose of the conservation of fish stocks

Several Member States supported this initiative, whilst stressing that the EU should always favour negotiations. However, if those negotiations failed, many Member States could see the need for a specific tool of this type that would allow the EU to act against third countries taking unilateral decisions on shared fish stocks.

The Commission was proposing to develop a specific instrument to tackle situations like the one that was currently threatening the stock of North-east Atlantic mackerel. That instrument was aimed at protecting fish stocks for under EU responsibility from the unsustainable fishing practices of countries that were resisting any joint management of those stocks.

The EU market for fish products could provide an incentive for some countries to engage in opportunistic and unsustainable fisheries. The EU should be allowed to restrict such trade as a means of protecting fish stocks. The Commission proposal sets out a mechanism that will:

  • ensure that the measures are proportionate;

  • guarantee respect of international law;

  • allow the third countries concerned to be heard and to have an opportunity to rectify their action;

  • empower the Commission to adopt measures;

  • provide for a rapid termination of the measures wherever appropriate corrective actions have been adopted.

EU-Morocco fishery agreement

As a matter of urgency, the Commission briefed the Council about the European Parliament's refusal to consent to the conclusion of the interim fisheries protocol which has been provisionally applied since February.

Several Member States raised the issue of the economic and financial consequences and attached great importance to seeing a new protocol in place. They pointed out that the European Parliament's rejection was a disappointment and leaves the sector in a situation for which is was unprepared: it will have considerable economic impact for operators who have already paid fees to have access to Moroccan waters and entered into contracts as well as result in unemployment because they can no more fish.

The Commission prepares a proposal for a decision in order to terminate the provisional application. Meanwhile she considers submitting a new recommendation for a negotiating mandate, based on sustainability, the use of the surplus only (i.e. the part of the fishing resources which are not used as local level), cost-effectiveness with regard to the need for and price of fishing opportunities, and compliance with international law.

Aid for processed citrus fruit

Ministers were briefed by the Cyprus delegation on its request for the extension until 2013 of the transitional period for the partially coupled aid for citrus fruit for processing (18494/11).

Citrus is an important sector in Cyprus. Following the decoupling in 2008 of all direct support to processed fruit and vegetables, Member States were given the possibility to provide partially coupled support for a transitional period ending in 2012. Cyprus made use of this possibility for areas of citrus fruit previously benefitting from the premium for processing.

In recent years Cyprus's citrus sector has faced numerous problems, mainly due to prolonged droughts and the resulting scarcity of water for irrigation. This has added to structural problems in this sector. Cyprus would like the partially coupled support to the sector to be extended by at least one year to include 2013.

The Commission noted that the modification of regulation 73/2009 in order to meet Cypriot request would, under the ordinary legislative procedure, take time. As a solution, the Commission invited this delegation to resort:

  • for 2013, to the rural development measures in order to face the economic and environmental problems encountered in this sector, and

  • as of 2014, the possibility given to the Member States, in the framework of the CAP Reform package proposals, to provide coupled support for specific types of farming or specific systems which are experiencing certain difficulties and which are particularly important for economic and/or social reasons.

Decisions authorising the placing on the market of genetically modified organisms

The Hungarian delegation briefed the Council on the scope of Article 2c in decisions authorising the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) (18417/11).

The standard Article 2c introduced since October 2007 in all decisions authorising the placing on the market of GMOs extends this authorisation beyond food and feed uses, i.e. to cover the same uses as any other relevant non-GMOs, with the exception of cultivation.

The Hungarian delegation, supported by Austria, Cyprus, Luxemburg, Slovenia and Greece expressed concerns about the authorisation of "any other uses" of GMOs which should be considered outside the scope of regulation 1829/2003 that was the legal basis for decisions on GMOs. While a risk assessment is carried out for food and feed purposes no such assessment is specifically performed for “any other uses”.

The Commission noted the Hungarian request and will check this legal aspect of the current wording of the regulation. The Council legal service will also analyse the Hungarian request.

Welfare of animals during transport

The Council was briefed by the Commission on a report on the impact of regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport (16798/11).

Several delegations welcomed the report, saying that they would look forward to the follow-up to this report. The future Danish Presidency indicated that this issue was one of its priorities.

The report describe progress on the application of the EU regulation on animal transport, and identifies several ways to address the problems that have arisen. However, the report is not accompanied by a legislative proposal. The Commission pointed out the need for a correct enforcement of certain measures and insisted on the harmonisation in the implementation of this regulation within the EU.

It was recalled that the Council had adopted regulation 1/2005 on protection of animal during transport in December 2004 after intense discussions over three consecutive Presidencies.

Article 32 of Regulation 1/2005 instructed the Commission to present a report by 2011"on the impact of the Regulation on the welfare of animals being transported and on the trade flows of live animals within the enlarged Community. […] This report may be accompanied if necessary by appropriate legislative proposals concerning long journeys, in particular as regards journey times, resting periods and space allowances."

Draft Codex strategic plan 2014-2019

The Presidency briefed the ministers on the report on progress and prospects of the Codex Alimentarius negotiations (18334/11).

Four different Codex Alimentarius committees meetings had been held during the Polish Presidency, the most important of which had been, the session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) itself in July 2011. The main outcomes of the CAC proceedings during the Polish Presidency were as follows:

  • The organisation of a vote against the adoption of the maximum residues limits (MRLs) for ractopamine (a chemical used for growth promotion in pigs and cattle in certain third countries). If the proposed MRLs were adopted this might possibly result in a trade dispute between the EU and other WTO members.

  • The election of a European vice-chair of the CAC;

  • Several other outcomes included:

  • the adoption of the list of acceptable previous cargoes for transport of edible fats and oils in bulk;

  • the adoption of the Guidelines for the control of Campylobacter and Salmonella spp in chicken meat

  • endorsement of the Compilation of the Codex texts relevant to labelling of foods derived from modern biotechnology (GM food)

In addition, the draft Codex strategic plan for 2014-2019 will be discussed at the forthcoming 66th session of the Executive Committee of the CAC in February 2012 in Geneva. The discussion on the role of science and other important factors in Codex proceedings are key elements of that document. The Commission and the Member States are currently preparing comments on the Draft Strategic Plan.

OTHER ITEMS APPROVED

AGRICULTURE

Vaccination against bluetongue

The Council adopted its position at first-reading on a draft directive amending directive 2000/75/EC as regards vaccination against bluetongue (16696/11). The Council's position was pre-negotiated with the European Parliament with a view to reaching an early second reading agreement to allow the entry into force of the new rules in time for the vaccination campaigns of 2012.

The directive is aimed at updating the current rules on vaccination against bluetongue set out in directive 2000/75/EC by making them more flexible. Bluetongue is a disease affecting ruminants (such as cattle, sheep and goats) and is transmitted by insect vectors that spread the virus from one animal to another. Vaccination is the preferred tool for bluetongue control and prevention of clinical disease in the EU. The use of vaccines is, however, limited by the current rules set out in directive 2000/75/EC based on the only available vaccines at that time. These vaccines may lead to undesired circulation of the vaccine virus in unvaccinated animals in the areas where the vaccine has been used. The new rules introduced by this text are based on the fact that inactivated vaccines that are now available eliminate this risk.

Financial rural development measures for Member States with economic difficulties

The Council adopted an amendment to regulation 1698/2005 as regards certain provisions relating to financial management for certain Member States experiencing or threatened with serious difficulties with respect to their financial stability (70/11).

The regulation will allow the Commission to approve higher contribution rates (up to 95%) from the EU (via the European agriculture fund for rural development (EAFRD)) for rural development measures benefiting Member States facing serious difficulties with respect to the financial stability, for as long as they are covered by financial support mechanisms.

The global financial and economic crisis is creating or threatening to create serious difficulties in certain Member States with respect to their economic growth and financial stability and their deteriorating deficit and debt position. These provisions cover five Member States which have been most affected by the crisis and have received financial assistance under a programme from the Balance of payments mechanism for non-euro area countries (Romania and Latvia) or from the European financial stabilisation mechanism (EFSM) for the euro area countries (Portugal, Greece and Ireland).

This regulation belongs to a package of three regulations covering the same five Member States and concerning on one hand the European fishery fund (EFF) and the structural and cohesion funds.

The regulation will not have a financial impact since the global envelope of commitment appropriations for rural development as well as its annual breakdown remain unchanged.

Food for the most deprived persons

The Council reached political agreement on the extension into 2012 and 2013 of the programme for the distribution of food to the most deprived persons in the Union (18586/11 + 18593/11 ADD 1).

For details see press release 18686/11.

Future of agricultural promotion policy - Conclusions

The Council adopted conclusions on the future of agricultural promotion policy.

Council conclusions - Report on the single payment scheme

The Council adopted conclusions on the special report No 5/2011 from the European Court of Auditors entitled "Single payment scheme (SPS): issues to be addressed to improve its sound financial management", set out in 17584/11.

FISHERIES

Access by Venezuelan fishing vessels to French Guiana

The Council adopted a decision on access by fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the exclusive economic zone off the coast of the French department of Guiana after consultation of the European Parliament (8202/11).

Fishing vessels from Venezuela have been authorised to operate in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the French overseas department of Guyana for several decades. However, in the absence of an international fisheries agreement with Venezuela, regulation 1006/2008 on fishing authorisation regulation1 considers that the current practice is not in line with the EU law.

Considering that in view of the economic and social importance of these fishing activities in this region a sudden discontinuation would be inappropriate, the situation concerning landings of Venezuelan vessels in the ports of French Guyana had to be regularised urgently.

However, due to the context, and given the limited scope of the fishery in question, a fully-fledged fisheries agreement between Venezuela and the EU appeared as disproportionate. Instead, a proposed unilateral declaration by the Council serves a purpose similar to that of a fisheries agreement by consenting to the granting of fishing authorisations to Venezuelan vessels.

Community producer prices for 2012 for certain fishery products

The Council fixed the guide prices and Community producer prices for certain fishery products for the 2012 fishing year (17089/11).

The objective of this regulation is to ensure the functioning of the price support and intervention mechanisms laid down in regulation 2000/104/EC2 during 2012 to attain a single market in fisheries products. The regulation concerns the guide prices for a specified number of fishery products as well as the Community producer price for specified tuna products. The guide prices form the reference for the subsequent fixing of the different technical parameters needed for the operation of the intervention mechanisms. In addition, the Community producer price is of relevance for the compensatory allowance for tuna delivered to the processing industry, which might be triggered when prices on the world markets fall below a specified trigger level.

Pursuant to regulation 104/2000, the relevant prices shall follow both the development of market prices during the three preceding fishing years as well as trends in production and demand. In line with that, the proposal is for increases between +1% and +3% for most whitefish species; for increases between +1.5% and +3% for pelagic species such as herring, mackerel, Spanish mackerel and whole albacore, as well as reductions between -0.5% and -2% for sardines, anchovies and gutted albacore; and for increases between +1% and +3% for most crustaceans. In the field of frozen species, the proposal reflects increases between +1% and +3% for a majority of products. Finally, the proposal is for increasing the EU producer price for tuna products by +2%.

Under article 43(3) of the Treaty, the Council adopts measures on a proposal from the Commission on the guide prices and Community producer prices for certain fishery products.

ENVIRONMENT

Excess CO2 emissions from new cars

The Council decided not to oppose the adoption of a Commission's decision on a method for the collection of premiums for excess CO2 emissions from new cars (16484/11).

The Commission decision is subject to the so called regulatory procedure with scrutiny. This means that now that the Council has given its consent, the Commission may adopt it, unless the European Parliament objects.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Temporary reception of certain Palestinians

The Council decided to prolong by one year the validity of the national permits for entry and stay granted to twelve Palestinians. Pursuant to common position 2002/400/CFSP, they are received on humanitarian grounds by Belgium, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Portugal.

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY

Restrictive measures - Belarus

In view of the gravity of the situation in Belarus, the Council reinforced the EU's restrictive measures on those responsible for the continuing repression of civil society, the political opposition and the independent media in Belarus. For details, see press release 18617/11.

Restrictive measures - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Following a decision by the United Nations, the Council implemented changes to the restrictive measures in force against the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The amendment adds two persons to the list of individuals and entities subject to the measures.

TRADE POLICY

Anti-counterfeiting trade agreement

The Council adopted a decision authorising the signing of an anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) with Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States.

ACTA is aimed at establishing an international framework to improve the enforcement of intellectual property right laws and create improved international standards for actions against large-scale infringements of intellectual property. Negotiations were concluded in November 2010.

SOCIAL POLICY

Coordination of social security schemes - EU/Switzerland

The Council adopted a decision on the position to be taken by the EU concerning an amendment to annex II of the EU/Switzerland agreement on the free movement of persons (16232/11).

Annex II concerns the co‑ordination of social security schemes and needs to be amended to integrate new legal acts of the EU into the agreement.

1 :

TAC for Northern Hake: 55.000 t (roll-over).

1 :

OJ L 286, 29.10.2008, p. 33.

2 :

OJ L 17, 21.1.2000, p. 22.


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