Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI): extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 19/12/2012 First transmission: 19/12/2012
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.
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.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish Minister for fisheries
||Arrival of Sofoklis Aletraris, Cyprus Minister for Agriculture, Natural Ressources and Environment
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Sofoklis Aletraris: Today it is the last council meeting under the Cyprus presidency. In the morning we will be dealing with agricultural issues. Primarily we will present the progress report of the presidency regarding the CAP reform. Right after lunch we will be dealing with internal and external taxing quotas and hopefully tonight we will try to reach an agreement.
||Arrival of Miguel Arias Cañete, Spainish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment
||SOUNDBITE (in Spanish) by Miguel Arias Cañete: Yesterday was a very hard day of negotiations because the European Commission and Commissioner specifically are installed in a very strict position of an application of the precautionary principle and in the absence of scientific data, they are supporters of generalized reductions of more than 20%. So we had to argue on scientific grounds. Spain is committed to achieving the goals of maximum sustainable yields by 2015. That can be done with a fisheries policy that takes into account the social and economic interests of the fleet and therefore in some cases increasing tracks or consolidating the one of the previous year in others. Our teams worked all afternoon to provide scientific data to the Commission to support the Spanish position. Today also presents complicated but will continue to defend the interests of the Spanish fleet from solid, social and scientists arguments.
||Arrival of Sabine Laruelle, Belgian Minister for SME's, the Self-employed, Agriculture and Science policy
||Arrival of Assunçao Cristas, Portuguese Minister of Agriculture, Marine, Environment
||SOUNDBITE (English) Ilse Aigner, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Germany:
We will continue discussions today, in general we are very close to the Commission's position for sustainable fisheries. We have been always supporting very strongly the discard ban. As far as a concrete definition of quotas is concerend, I expect discussions to go on until late this evening, we hope to reach an agreement later this night or tomorrow morning.