Agriculture and Fisheries Council:extracts from the joint press conference (Fisheries) by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission
Première transmission: 22/04/2013
Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
Fin de production: 22/04/2013
The Council held a public debate on the outcome of the first trilogue on the reform of the common fisheries policy (CFP) and on outstanding issues concerning the basic regulation of the CFP. The Council was then be briefed on an action plan for
reducing incidental catches of seabirds in fishing gears.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: We have a good and constructive discussion this afternoon, really today it was about updating Ministers on the trialogue process which is now well on their way and the progress has been made. We are as we stated since the start of the Irish presidency determined to conclude the general approach on the CFP reform by the end of this presidency and that means try to conclude it next month because we suspect that the Council meeting in June will be dominated by the CAP and so it is important that everybody is focused on making a progress quickly on finding compromises that both, the Council can leave with but of course the Parliament and the Commission can support as well.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs: I would like to underline that in our opinion a deal is very possible I think that the Parliament and the Council, both agree on the main issues, so everybody has to be constructive now and find workable compromises. I think that this can be done; we can do it in the framework of the Irish presidency.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Maria Damanaki: About the action plan for the birds, this is very important for the Commission. Since a lot of seabirds are facing a threat, a danger of real extinction, we need to take some measures. We have discussed with Member States. We have an European action plan now, also we have to rise this issue up in the regional fisheries management organisations where European Union is participating. Also what is promised is that we are going to find some solutions to give our fishermen the best founding in order to minimise the costs of all the measures that can be taken on order to have some good results on this action plan.