On Monday fisheries ministers agreed on a position on the management plan for fisheries in the Baltic Sea.
While it was reported last week that some countries wanted to postpone a decision on parts of the management plan, the Council on Monday adopted a position that covered the entire plan.
Environmental groups criticized the Council for adopting a position which allows for overfishing.
“From today’s debate it is clear that many Member States want to continue business as usual, ignore the depressing reality of the state of EU seas, and not follow scientific advice. Some countries, such as Sweden, did try to bring the EU’s marine environmental obligations into the plan, but were inexcusably disregarded” said Bruna Campos, EU Marine and Fisheries Policy Officer at BirdLife.
The Members of the European Parliament will debate the Baltic plan on Monday 27 April in Strasbourg, and vote on Tuesday.