Ireland enters the scene at a crucial moment in the CFP reform process. The three regulation proposals which comprise the reform will soon enter the phase, in which Council and Parliament, with the help of the Commission, will try to reach agreement. Both the Council and the Parliament have made amendments in line with their respective positions and will soon have a clear position on all the proposals. Therefore representatives of the Parliament's Committee on Fisheries, of the Council's presidency and of the European Commission will begin tri-party discussions (so called 'trilogues') aimed at reaching a compromise.
At the beginning of the year, Ireland presented its political priorities and its working agenda. The main objective is to reach a political agreement in the Council on all items of the reform by the end of the presidency in June. The following steps will be taken on key issues:
For more information on the objectives and main features of the reforms and to better understand the challenges facing the new presidency, please refer to our press pack.