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EU: Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Volume 715: debated on Thursday 19 November 2009


My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Hilary Benn) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

My honourable friend the Minister for Food, Farming and Environment (Jim Fitzpatrick) and the Minister for Marine and the Natural Environment (Huw Irranca-Davies), will represent the United Kingdom at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels on 19 and 20 November.

There are a number of items on the agenda relating to agriculture and fisheries which are of significant interest to the United Kingdom, including the adoption of the recent dairy proposals, on which the UK will abstain. Discussions will take place on the following:

conservation of fisheries resources through technical measures;

EU/Norway annual fisheries consultations for 2010;

2010 fishing opportunities for fish stocks in the Black Sea;

simplification of the common agricultural policy; and

future of the common agricultural policy: rural development.

There are currently two items under any other business—a statement on Community action reducing incidental catches of seabirds; and general conclusions from the 26th conference of EU paying agencies.

There is also a ministerial lunch scheduled to discuss the reform of the common fisheries policy.