Minister of Agriculture Kadis in Brussels for the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Costas Kadis, departs for Brussels on Sunday to take part in the Agriculture and Fisheries Council to be held from 16-17 December 2019.

Agenda highlights include, according to the Finish Presidency website, an agreement between the ministers on the 2020 fishing opportunities for the Atlantic and North Sea. The Council is responsible for fixing total allowable catches (TACs) and allocating fishing opportunities. Decisions are taken on the basis of proposals from the European Commission.

The Council also aims to reach a joint position about a new regulation on the Eastern Baltic cod which will amend past regulations. The regulation is based on a proposal by the European Commission.

The Council will take stock of and discuss the progress made on the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package which consists of three legislative proposals, the regulation on the CAP strategic plans, a regulation on the single common market organisation (CMO) and a horizontal regulation on financing, managing and monitoring the CAP.

Ministers will also be informed about budget flexibility within the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2014-2020, the conclusions by the Competitiveness Council on the EU bioeconomy strategy, the conclusions on sustainable economy, and minor use of pesticides and origin labelling.

Over an informal lunch, ministers will discuss the Commissions Communication Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests.

Source: Cyprus News Agency