Agriculture and Fisheries Council (FISH):
Extracts from the press conference by Simon COVENEY, Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food of Ireland; and Maria DAMANAKI, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 28/01/2013 First transmission: 28/01/2013
The Council meeting has addressed fisheries and agricultural matters. As regards fisheries issues, the Presidency presented its work programme and priorities to the Council. Ministers also held an exchange of views on the common fisheries policy (CFP) reform "package" and an orientation debate on certain technical and control measures in the Skagerrak. The Council then was briefed on the state of play following the recent discussions on the EU/Norway fisheries arrangements. Concerning agriculture, the Presidency presented its work programme and a roadmap for CAP reform and the Council held an exchange of views on these priorities and plans. Finally the ministers have been briefed on group housing of sows, the European school fruit scheme, the trade agreements with Singapore and Canada, and the EFSA risk assessment of neonicotinoids with regard to bees. Over lunch, ministers will have a discussion on issues relating to fisheries multiannual management plans.
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||Arrival of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE by Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food and President in office of the Council (In English) saying that: The first thing that the Irish Presidency wanted to do was to outline some detail, our ambition for what's possible in terms of scheduling, how we can get from where we are now to finalizing the common fisheries policy by the end of this Presidency in June. And what is required to do that is to find agreement in Council first and foremost to finalize our position so that we can then move into a trialogue phase with the Commission and with the Parliament to agree a co decision, final political agreement in June.
||SOUNDBITE by Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (In English) saying that: If this schedule is going trough then at the end of the Irish Presidency we can have an agreement on a new fisheries policy which can be sustainable but also profitable for our sector creating more growth and jobs.
||SOUNDBITE by Maria Damanaki (In English) saying that: For the first time a discard ban will be a reality so I'm looking forward to finalize all the arrangements. We have realized that we need to go for, having in mind that regionalization has to be in progress here so we are giving our member states a possibility to chose their own ways to control the discard ban and also to go for new selectivity measures, very important avoidance measures; this is also very important for our policy.
||SOUNDBITE by Maria Damanaki (In English) saying that: To build a strong alliance with Norway is very important for the region; it can stabilize the fishery sector and the fishery policy in a sustainable way of doing things and also it gives us the power to bring everybody on the table of negotiations which is a preferable solution to have a real costal agreements by all concerned countries around including Iceland and Faroe Islands.
||Speakers leaving the press room