Agriculture and Fisheries Council (FISH): extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 18/12/2012 First transmission: 18/12/2012
On 18 December, Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be gathering unedr the presidency of Sofoclis Aletratis, Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment.
Concerning fisheries, the ministers will try to find a political agreement on 2013 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.
The Council could also reach a political agreement on an amendment to the regulation establishing a long-term plan for cod stocks.
As regards agriculture, the Presidency will present to the Council a progress report on the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP).
Finally, ministers will be briefed on vine planting rights, a common declaration on coupled support and a conference on the movements of exotic animals.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE (in German) Ilse Aigner, German Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, saying that: We are always concerned with sustainable fisheries for the longest time possible, we are going to be based on scientific foundations.
It is about scientific foundations and there is an institute that is helping us in this direction. Of course there are always difficult negotiations, the last fisheries Counci of the year will last until very late.
||Frederic Cuvillier, French Minister for transport and the maritime economy
||Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish Minister for fisheries
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Sofoklis Aletraris, Cyprus Minister for Agriculture, Natural Ressources and Environment: Today it is the last Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the Cyprus presidency. It will be a two-day meeting, today we will deal only with fisheries, we have very interesting subjects, such as the taxing quotas for Black Sea, the internal and external waters of Europe. I am very optimistic that we will manage to complete at least the Black Sea issue, but for the rest we are likely to spend tonight and tomorrow evening as well.
||Miroslav Naydenov, Bulgarian Minister for Agriculture and Forestry
||Miguel Arias Canate, Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment (On the proposals by the European Commission for fish quotas)
||SOUNDBITE (in Spanish) Miguel Arias Canate: