The Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU has promised that fisheries will be a top priority during the duration of their term.
Czechia holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2022. A first series of hearings took place from 11 to 13 July. Czech ministers outlined their priorities for the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, during the series of meetings. A second set of hearings will happen during the first week of September.
In a press release yesterday, Tuesday 12 July, Zdeněk Nekula, Minister of Agriculture, said that the Presidency’s top priority will be to ensure food security in the EU and improve the competitiveness of the sector compared to third countries. Despite being a landlocked country, the Czech Presidency will also focus on fishing quotas, reaching agreements on EU fishing possibilities with third countries, as well as fisheries-relevant initiatives related to the Green Deal.
MEPs stressed the need to help fishers due to the impact of the war in Ukraine. They welcomed the intention to make fisheries more competitive but stressed the need to strike a balance between the socio-economic and environmental aspects of the initiative. Finally, some reaffirmed the idea of reforming the Common Fisheries Policy, even if the Commission is reluctant to do so.