The last AGRIFISH video-conference under the Croatian Presidency

Source: Croatian presidency of the EU (Croatian presidency) i, published on Monday, June 29 2020, 8:00.

The Croatian presidency informed ministers about the progress achieved on legislative acts in relation to the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP). The work on these files has been summarised in a progress report, in which the presidency also identifies areas where it considers that further work is needed.

"The progress achieved on the CAP reform is considerable. That is even more true given the extremely difficult circumstances under which the Croatian presidency and member states had to work to ensure that no precious time is wasted. Further to that, we were able to quickly react to the COVID-19 related challenges and to adopt measures to ensure food availability across the EU and to provide support to farmers, fishers and aquaculture producers worst-hit by the crisis."

Marija Vučković, minister for Agriculture of Croatia

Public session - video conference of agriculture and fisheries ministers

Presidency progress report on CAP reform

Fishing opportunities for 2021

Ministers held a discussion on the Commission communication "Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2021". They shared views on the main orientations suggested by the Commission for the setting of the 2021 fishing opportunities. The discussion marked the beginning of the usual annual consultation process with member states, advisory councils, stakeholders and the public for setting the level of total allowable catches (TACs) and fish quotas.

Management of the EU's fish stocks

Setting catch limits and quotas

Commission communication on fishing opportunities 2021 (European Commisson)

Under any other business, the Croatian presidency will inform ministers on the state of play of the current legislative acts related to fisheries and agriculture.

The Croatian presidency will inform about progress achieved during its term on the legislative proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform.

Future of the CAP post 2020

In relation to fisheries, the Croatian presidency will inform on the state of play of the current legislative proposals, including the regulation on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund post 2020

Finally, the Commission will provide information to ministers about the bycatch of dolphins, porpoises and other protected species.