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The European Commission regrets that, despite substantial progress, Parliament and Council could not agree on the few outstanding issues at yesterday's trialogue on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

The recent agreement of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) cements the obligation to land all catches into EU law.
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting of December 2013 took place in Brussels on 16-17 December 2013. The Council discussed and reached agreement on fishing opportunities for 2014 for the main commercial fish stocks of the Atlantic, the North Sea and the Black Sea.

Organisation of the EU market in fisheries products

Imported fish products now account for almost 60 % of total consumption in the Community. © Lionel Flageul

The EU regime for managing the market in fisheries products (common organisation of the market) was established in 1970, originally as part of the common agricultural policy. It uses four tools to ensure stable prices for producers and stable supply for processors and consumers:

  • common marketing standards (prices and quality levels), including freshness, size and presentation
  • producer organisations, which help plan their members' production and develop joint marketing strategies
  • price-support scheme, which sets minimum prices for certain products and provides financial aid when products are withdrawn from the market
  • rules on trade with non-EU countries

Further reading:

  • Fact sheet on the common organisation of the market pdf - 187 KB [187 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)