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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

CE: Agreement on CFP by June 2013

At the last Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on Monday 28 January 2013, there was a large support amongst member states reaching a political agreement on the common fisheries policy (CFP) reform package by the end of June 2013.
Moreover, many delegations favored a gradual approach for implementing the landing obligation and discards ban according to the specificities of the regions or the fisheries involved.
The majorities of the member states also pointed out a need for the simplification of the European maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF)
However, some members want to keep national historic rate of expenses in the European fisheries fund (EFF), while other would prefer to set up new criteria. There was also a call for a specific financing of aquaculture activities, and support for small-scale fisheries. A new fund, EMFF is aimed to finance projects that create new jobs and improve quality of life along European coasts. It will replace the existing European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and a number of other instruments. The proposed envelope amounts to € 6.5 billion for the period 2014 to 2020.
According to the European Commission, Europe’s fisheries policy is in urgent need of reform. Vessels are catching more fish than can be safely reproduced, thus exhausting individual fish stocks and threatening the marine ecosystem. Many stocks are overfished: 80% of Mediterranean stocks and 47 % of Atlantic stocks.
This first Council under Irish Presidency discussed the Common Fisheries Policy Reform Package, presented by the Commission in July 2011. In particular, the discussion focused on setting a calendar for the next steps. More
The objective of the reformed fisheries policy is to end overfishing and make fishing sustainable - environmentally, economically and socially.

Source: Council of the European Union