Agriculture and Fisheries Council (12/06/2012): extracts from the press conference by Mette GJERSKOV, Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Maria DAMANAKI, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs
Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 12/06/2012 First transmission: 12/06/2012
After more than 18 hours of negotiations, the EU Fisheries Ministers reached an agreement on general principles for a ban on discard, for maximum sustainable yield (MSY) and for regionalisation of the decision making process.
The Council also reached general approach on the common market organisation for fisheries and aquaculture products. The key elements in the new organisation are an end to intervention for fish products, a greater role for the producer’s organization and more information for consumers such as an EU sustainability label.
Finally the Council endorsed a progress report on the negotiations with regard to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, EMFF, that is an important tool for obtaining the objectives of the fisheries reform.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival at the press conference
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Mette Gjerskov, Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, saying that, tonight after long and very tough negotiations, Member States took a very important step in the direction of a radical new common fisheries policy, a sustainable one. This was the aim of the Danish Presidency. Saying that she is extremely pleased to announce that the Council today reached a general approach on the basic regulation and the common market organisation.
||Cutaway of press
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Mette Gjerskov saying that the Council for the first time stated that the discard ban will be a reality. The Council took also a very positive approach to implementing maximum sustainable yield (MSY). This means that the EU is no longer discussing if fisheries are to be more sustainable, but when and how. Not easy negotiations. Some Member States may be disappointed that the EU did not go any further. Some others will think that it went too far. But this is a compromise showing how far the EU was able to go today.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, saying that after so many hours of negotiations, the Council reached an agreement and has now a general approach referring to the reform of EU common fisheries policy. This is an achievement because there were so many different opinions to tackle.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Maria Damanaki saying that this agreement is a compromise but also a step forward in the right direction. It is a workable compromise. The European Commission's proposal is more ambitious and is still the basis for further discussions with the European Parliament. The Commission will push to reach targets as ambitious as possible.