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The European Commission has adopted investment packages for the maritime, fisheries and aquaculture sectors of Denmark (267.6m, including 208.4 m of EU funds), Estonia (129.6m, including 101m of EU funds), Germany (284.6 m, including 219.6 m of EU funds) and Sweden (172.9m, including 120.2 of EU funds). The investment is available for the period 2014-2020.

The EU Fisheries Council meets on 2012 fishing opportunities

Press release - 28/6/2011

Today, the EU Ministers met in the framework of the Fisheries Council, in Luxembourg to discuss the Commission's Communication on the Consultation on Fishing Opportunities for 2012, published on 25 May.

Commissioner Damanaki intervened to call for further efforts to reach Maximum Sustainable Yield and to point out that the exploitation of fisheries in data-poor circumstances is not responsible and we should no longer tolerate it as part of our policy.

The Communication sets out how the Commission intends to act on the scientific advice it receives about the state of fish stocks when proposing catch limits and quotas for the next year fish stocks. The document outlines the state of the stocks, and highlights the Commission's continued commitment to long-term plans management and to fishing management in accordance with scientific advice.

In parallel to the discussions at Council, a consultation of stakeholders and the public is running until 1 September on the Commission's website.

Under "Any other business" the Dutch delegation reported on a high-level conference on the future of the Common Fisheries Policy which was organized by the Netherlands in early March, the Irish delegation informed the Council on the current state of play and possible options for the unrestricted fishing of mackerel by Iceland and Faroe Islands. Finally, a number of Member States requested a point on European funding for the fisheries sector post-2013.

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