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Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussed fishing quotas and agricultural policy reform package

Publication date 18.12.2019 9.00
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EU agriculture and fisheries ministers discussed next year’s fishing opportunities and assessed the progress of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package in Brussels on 16–17 December.

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppä chaired the meeting.

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council agreed on the 2020 fishing opportunities for the Atlantic and North Sea. The Council fixed total allowable catches (TACs) and allocated fishing opportunities. The decisions were taken based on proposals from the European Commission.

The Council reached a joint position about a new regulation on the Eastern Baltic cod, which will amend past regulations. The regulation is based on a proposal by the European Commission.

The ministers also discussed the progress made on the post-2020 CAP reform package. The package consists of three legislative proposals:

  • a regulation on the CAP strategic plans
  • a regulation on the single common market organisation (CMO)
  • a horizontal regulation on financing, managing and monitoring the CAP.

Over an informal lunch, the ministers discussed the Commission’s communication “Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests”.

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