The Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRIFISH) Council will on Monday 26 September, starting where fishing opportunities 2023 will be discussed

AGRIFISH Council will on Monday 26 September, starting where fishing opportunities 2023 will be discussed

The Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRIFISH) Council will be held on Monday 26 September, starting at 10.00am. in Brussels.

The session will be chaired by the Czech Minister for Agriculture, Zdeněk Nekula. The European Commission will be represented by the Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, and the Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski.

The session will start with the adoption of “A” items and will continue with a discussion on fishing opportunities for 2023, looking at EU-UK, Norway and Coastal States.

Fishing Opportunities for 2023

Ministers will exchange views on the management of the fish stocks shared with the United Kingdom in the context of the regular annual cycle of Fishing Opportunities consultations culminating in December. Following its withdrawal from the EU, the United Kingdom and the EU are to hold annual consultations to determine the total allowed catch limit for each fish species and their respective fishing rights. Ministers will moreover debate annual consultations with Norway, which have undergone major changes since Brexit. Finally, ministers will discuss annual consultations with Coastal states, with the discussion likely to focus on mackerel.

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Eel stock

Ministers will debate the current situation of eel stocks and the future management of the European eel stock, which has seen a critical decline and is considered as endangered species by different international entities. This debate will be public.

Vulnerable marine ecosystems

Ministers will, on behalf of the French, Irish and Spanish delegations, discuss the protection and conservation of vulnerable marine ecosystems and the European natural marine heritage. They are expected to express concerns on the impact of bottom gears, in the aim to reconcile the sustainable protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems and the sustainability of the fishing sector.

Industrial Emission Directive

Ministers will discuss the revised Commission’s proposal on the industrial emission directive and its impact to the agricultural sector in member states. Overall, ministers are expected to stress their concerns about the consideration of agricultural production at the same level of industrial production in terms of emissions, as well as the current livestock units threshold and the scope of the directive. This will be public.

Food labelling

Over an informal lunch, ministers will discuss the current food labelling rules in the union and the potential need for improvement. This comes ahead of the upcoming revision of the Regulation on Food Information to Consumers (FIC), expected later this year.

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