The first day of the 2022 Agrifish Council is ongoing in Brussels
As is the case each year in December, Agriculture and Fisheries ministers have met to reach a political agreement on fishing rights for 2023 in EU and non-EU waters, in the Atlantic, North Sea, Mediterranean and Black Sea, as well as for certain deep-sea stocks.
The Council’s decision will be based on a proposal drawn up by the European Commission, taking into account the best available scientific advice, the aims of the common fisheries policy (CFP) and the EU’s multiannual plans for various sea basins.
Commenting on the negotiations so far in, Minister McConalogue said:
“Almost all our stocks are shared with the UK. We have had four rounds of negotiations and I have stayed very close to Commissioner Sinkevicius and made sure he is aware of all of Ireland’s key priorities. While the negotiations have been very difficult we are at an advanced stage and I am confident we will get an agreement that will meet all of our key concerns. Our positions have always been informed by the science.”