The last Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries, held in Brussels on 15 July 2013, adopted a decision authorising the European Commission to open negotiations on behalf of the EU for a fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) with the Cook Islands.
Among controversies on the economical viability of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) between the EU and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the last Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 15 July 2013 amended the allocation of the fishing opportunities provided for the FPA.
Reaching a final agreement on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to be allocated for the period 2014 to 2020 to the implementation of the new Common fisheries policy (CFP), and establishing long-term management plans under the CFP – these are some of the key priorities on the fisheries policy agenda for the new Lithuanian Presidency of the European Union (for the period July – December 2013).
At the last Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 15 July 201, ministers reached an agreement for a full general approach on a proposal for the European maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF) within the framework of the common fisheries policy (CFP) reform package. The new fund would have a total allocation of EUR 6.396 billion.
On 15 July, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the European Union confirmed the political agreement with the European Parliament (reached on 18 June 2013) on the Common fisheries policy (CFP) reform.
The development committee in the European Parliament on 24 June voted with a large majority for an opinion which calls on the Parliament to decline to give its consent to the extension of the EU’s fisheries agreement with the Pacific Ocean island nation Kiribati, an article by the MEP Isabella Lövin – member in the fisheries committee - informs.
While the global demand for fish is climbing faster than current resources can meet, fish farming or aquaculture remains a largely underdeveloped industry in African, Caribbean and Pacific regions – this was one of the main conclusions of the experts speaking at the 32nd Brussels Briefing on "Fish-farming", which took place on 3rd of July at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
Most of the 3,700 fishermen who ply their trade in Croatia's eastern Adriatic fear that the country's accession to the EU on 1 July, and strict new laws and regulations that come with it, may be the end of their jobs.
Fisheries sector in the Caribbean region: Priorities
The development of the aqua-culture sector is one of the key priorities for the fisheries sector in the Caribbean sector, Miton Haughton, executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), said in an interview with CTA Brussels.
‘Is fish-farming the new driver of the blue economy?’ – this is the question the next Brussels Development Briefing – organized by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), together with the DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Concord – will tackle.