EU Council discusses reform of Common Fisheries Policy
EU Ministers had a first debate on different aspects of the proposal for reforming the Common Fisheries Policy. Commissioner Damanaki took part in the discussions, which ranged from the proposed discards ban to the role of Producers Organisations and labelling and the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
At the end of the works, Commissioner Damanaki stated: "What we have done today - and this is a great step forward - is that we have already agreed between ourselves that we need the discard ban. From now on, we are going to focus on how and when we're going to achieve it."
At the beginning of the meeting, the Council backed the Commission proposal on shark finning.