EU: Agriculture and Fisheries Council

House of Lords written statement – made on 28th November 2012.

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Photo of Lord de Mauley Lord de Mauley Conservative

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Owen Paterson) has today made the following Statement.

The next Agriculture and Fisheries Council is on Wednesday 28 November and Thursday 29 November in Brussels. I will be representing the UK, accompanied by my honourable friends the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs (Richard Benyon) and the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food (David Heath). Richard Lochhead MSP, Alun Davies AM and Michelle O'Neill MLA will also attend.

The first day will cover agricultural issues. The discussion will cover CAP reform. Specifically the proposals on direct payments, the single CMO regulation, and rural development. There is an any other business point regarding increased error rates in rural development and corrective/preventive actions.

The second day will be dedicated to fisheries issues. The Council will discuss a proposal on the fixing for 2013 and 2014 fishing opportunities for EU vessels for certain deep sea stocks, and the EU/Norway 2013 negotiations. There is an any other business point about the fixing of the total allowable catch (TAC) for Norway pout.

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