Agriculture and Fisheries Council (Fisheries): extracts from the press conference by Simon COVENEY, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food and Maria DAMANAKI, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 27/02/2013 First transmission: 27/02/2013
On 27 February, Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food and Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, held the final press conference of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council (Fisheries).
Concerning fisheries issues, ministers reached an agreement for a general approach on the basic provisions of the common fisheries policy (CFP). The Council was then briefed on the state of play of the negotiations on the EU/Morocco fisheries partnership agreement.
Finally ministers were briefed on mislabelling of beef products and a new European protein strategy.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of press conference
||SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, and President-in-office of the Council: The important think is that we have now agreed a common position involving all the necessary details on the general CFP regulation on behalf of Council. That was difficult and until the end, the negotiations were little tensed.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Coveney: But I am glad to say tat we have got an even a better result that I was hoping for. All the Ministers have supported with the exception of one, Sweden. The Swedish Ministers outlined clearly why he can not support the position. But everybody else, all the other countries have supported it And that gives me a very strong mandate to represent the Council in the trialogue process with the Commission and the EU Parliament to try to finalise the general position for the common fisheries policy which is going to transform the way the EU catch its fish.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE (English) Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs: So it was difficult to have a broad majority on board. But this was done. The Commission respect a lot this agreement; I think the Council is taking a further step forward referring to last June general approach. A step forward a major change, so at the end of the day, I hope we will have a very new fisheries policy for sustainability, for a discard ban with clear deadlines in order to be sure that at the end of the day our fish stock will be there for the next generations to come.