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Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

My hon. Friend the Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs and I will represent the United Kingdom at this month’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Luxembourg. Richard Lochhead will also attend.

There will be the usual approval of the list of ‘A’ points, followed by fisheries items. The Council is due to agree proposals and discuss the following:

Fixing the fishing opportunities and associated conditions for fish stocks in the Baltic sea for 2009;

Fixing for 2009 and 2010 the fishing opportunities for community fishing vessels for certain deep-sea fish stocks;

Fixing the fishing opportunities and the conditions for certain fish stocks applicable in the Black sea for 2009;

Bilateral fisheries agreement with Norway;

Establishing the community position in the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.

On agriculture there will be discussions on the school fruit scheme, CAP health check, and the placing on the market of timber and timber products.

The following issues will be raised under any other business:

Crisis in the potato processing market in certain new MS;

Conclusions from the 23rd conference of EU paying agencies;

Information from the Commission on a green paper on agricultural product quality;

How to use unspent CAP funds.