Informal meeting of European Ministers for Fisheries: extracts from the joint press conference by Michel Barnier, French Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries and President in office of the Council and Joe Borg
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 29/09/2008 First transmission: 29/09/2008
At the end of an informal meeting on the "health check" for the fisheries policy, Michel Barnier, French Minister for Fisheries and President in office of the Council of the EU, explained that there was a very controversial debate on the installation of an individual quota system as some countries see it as a way of making enterprises more responsible while others see there a risk of commercialization and of concentration. Joe Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, explained that Europe is in a vicious circle of overcapacity and overfishing and therefore the reform of the fishing policy must break this cycle. He also explained that the Mauritanian authorities have confirmed that they will strictly observe the terms of the fisheries agreement that was concluded and he will seek authorisation to affect payment.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference room
||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Michel Barnier, French Minister for Fisheries and President in office of the Council of the EU: There was a very controversial debate on the creation of an individual quota market at European level; some people see such idea as a way of making companies more responsible, and others as a risk of commercialization; there is also a risk to see a concentration of big companies purchasing quotas from small companies.
||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Michel Barnier: Regarding the fleet management, there are problems in terms of security and consumption of energy; some people feel that we should open a debate on using more powerful and modern boats which consume less fuel; this would also have an impact on the sector and we want to have a technical discussion on that.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Joe Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs: We still have a situation of significant overfishing; 18% of European fish stocks are still overfished; we have serious problems that we need to tackle; we find ourselves in a vicious circle of overcapacity and overfishing and therefore the reform of the fishing policy must break the cycle.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Joe Borg: We have received a letter from the Mauritanian government authorities confirming that they would strictly observe the terms of the fisheries partnership agreement, which was concluded and adopted by the Council; I will be reporting this to the Council and if the Council endorses the way forward then I would seek authorisation to affect payment.