The Parliament, Council and Commission today met for the first trilogue negotiation on the main file in the CFP reform, the basic regulation.
The first trilogue dealt with the following articles:
- Art. 1-3 (Scope, Objectives, specific objectives) excluding 2(2) MSY-timetable
- Art. 4 (principles of good governance)
- Art. 6 (general rules on access to waters)
- Art. 26a-c / 52-54 and Annex III (Advisory Councils)
- Art. 37-38 (data collection and science)
Agreement was reached on some less controversial parts of these articles, but decisions on several articles were postponed to upcoming meetings. The most contentious issues – such as when and how to set catch levels in relation to the objective of Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) – were not discussed at all.
To compare the Commission’s proposal with the Parliament’s and Council’s positions, please refer to this three-column document.
Ireland’s permanent representation and fisheries attaché lauded the good atmosphere in the meeting:
— IrelandRepBrussels (@IrelandRepBru) March 19, 2013
Good positive start to trilogues on #CFPreform
— Colm O Suilleabhain (@baddiplomat) March 19, 2013