Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI-FISH): extracts from the doorsteps (Cyprus, Spain) and arrivals (Denmark, Holland, Germany, Italy)
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 29/11/2012 First transmission: 29/11/2012
The European Ministers in charge of Fisheries meet today in Brussels.
They will try to find a political agreement on fishing opportunities for certain deep-sea stocks for 2013 and 2014, and also have an exchange of views on the annual consultations between the EU and Norway.
Finally the Council will be briefed on the EU-Morocco agreement on agriculture, the error rate in rural development, the EU food model, the Norway pout stocks and the EU-Mauritania fisheries agreement. Earlier this week, the Spanish Minister for Agriculture, Food and Environment, Miguel Arias Cañete, requested the European Commission to "renegotiate the terms of the fishing agreement" with Mauritania. The new fishing agreement signed between the EU and Mauritania last July could mean lower weight of the fishing activity in the Spanish ports of La Luz and Las Palmas.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Mette Gjerskov, Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
||Arrival of Sofoklis Aletraris, Cyprus Minister for Agriculture, Natural Ressources and Environment, and President-in-office of the Council - SOUNDBITE (English) on the agenda of the meeting, saying that the Council will try to reach a political agreement on fishing opportunities for certain deep-sea stocks for 2013 and 2014. Ministers will also have an exchange of views on the EU/Norway annual consultations for 2013. As always, these discussions are very difficult every year in December, spending many hours of talks over night.
||Arrival of Co Verdaas, Dutch Minister for Agriculture
||Arrival of Robert Kloos, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
||Arrival of Mario Catania, Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
||Arrival of Miguel Arias Cañete, Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment - SOUNDBITE (Spanish) on the fisheries protocol EU-Mauritania