Early on Wednesday morning, EU Fisheries ministers have agreed on a revised mandate for the Irish Presidency to facilitate a compromise with the European Parliament in the ongoing negotiations on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The rapporteur for the CFP reform, Ulrike Rodust (S&D, DE), said: "Ministers have made certain concessions but I would have liked to see a more courageous decision."
Before this week's Council meeting, representatives of the Member States and the European Parliament negotiators have not been able to find an agreement on key issues of the reform, because MEPs insisted on stricter rules for sustainable fisheries and a rigorous discard ban.
Now the MEPs in the negotiating team have to analyse the new Council text before the negotiations continue. "I hope that we can come to an agreement on the basis of the Council's revised mandate in the next weeks, but I cannot guarantee that. This reform is too important for the environment and for the fishermen and therefore cannot be rushed", concluded Ms Rodust.
The forthcoming trilogue meetings (negotiations between the Council and the Parliament, with the European Commission) are scheduled for 28 and 29 May.