Dates of Agriculture and Fisheries Council meetings during the Lithuanian Presidency

During the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (July–December 2013), the Agriculture and Fisheries Council is scheduled to meet on the following dates:

15 July
23 September
17–18 October
19 November (Cancelled)
16–17 December

Links:
Lithuanian presidency website – www.eu2013.lt
Lithuanian Presidency calendar of meetings
Preliminary work programme

The priorities of the Presidency for fisheries policy will focus on:

  • Reaching an agreement with the European Parliament on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) that will be used in 2014 to 2020 to fund the implementation of the new Common fisheries policy (CFP) on which a provisional agreement has been reached in May this year;
  • Setting the total allowable catches (TACs) and the allocation of fishing quotas with keeping in mind a goal for an economically and environmentally balanced political agreement on fishing opportunities for 2014 in the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, and other EU and non-EU waters;
  • Establishing long-term management plans following the Council’s proposal to establish an inter-institutional Task Force to help find the most appropriate way forward on this issue, expressed in the CFP reform context in May 2013. The Presidency intends to go in this direction in order to find a solution, that would respect the legal views of both sides and facilitate the development and introduction of multi-annual plans under the new CFP;
  • Leading the preparation by the Council for sustainable fisheries partnership agreements with third countries, coastal states consultations and annual meetings of regional fisheries management organizations within the framework of the external dimension of the Common Fisheries Policy.

(Source Council document)

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