Agriculture and Fisheries Council (FISHERIES):
Extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 25/09/2012 First transmission: 25/09/2012
the ministers held a public debate on the European maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF) within the framework of the CFP reform.
Finally, the Council has been briefed on the the fisheries protocol between the EU and Mauritania, the North East Atlantic
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||SOUNDBITE by Sofoclis Aletraris, Cypriot Minister for Agriculture and President in office of the Council (In Greek) saying that: From the discussions it became clear that many member states want to include additional measures and actions with a view to achieving viable and sustainable fisheries sector like for example the temporary and permanent cessation of fishing activities and decommission of vessels. It's important that these measures be effective, that they protect the safety of the seafarers and also the environment and also contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the new CFP.
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||SOUNDBITE by Sofoclis Aletraris (In Greek) saying that: Also, many member states expressed the opinion that there should be the greatest possible simplification of management and effectiveness of the fund and also their preference for continuing the existing system and the existing structures where possible.
||SOUNDBITE by Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs (In English) saying that: We have an opt out clause which can ensure good value for money of the new protocol. So, we are going to pay only for the fish which is fished; this is something absolutely new and it is according to our reform in order to have agreements with third countries with good value for money security. Second, we have another clause giving us access to the cephalopods stocks if there is a margin there referring to the scientific advice.
||SOUNDBITE by Maria Damanaki (In English) saying that: Referring to the mackerel stock, we are very disappointed both in our region government and European Commission for the outcome of these last negotiations around. We were not successful to reach an agreement about mackerel stock. On the other hand we have scientific advice warning us that maybe next year or the year after we are going to have a collapse of these stocks so we need an agreement but an agreement will be based on mutual interest and we cannot go for an agreement at any cost as we can understand.
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