24 April 2013
The Fisheries Council met in Luxembourg on 22nd April, where an exchange of views took place on the Common Fisheries Policy's Basic Regulation. Discussions centred on three questions put by the Irish Presidency to Ministers:
(1) agreement on the time line to conclude negotiations with EP, with the aim to achieve political agreement by the summer;
(2) margins for flexibility on key issues (MSY, discard ban, regionalization, fleet capacity management);
(3) how to address the institutional issues related to multi-annual plans.