AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES COUNCILDECEMBER
Letter from the Chairman to Ben Bradshaw
MP, Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare,
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Thank you for your letter of 19 December 2005
in advance of the December Fisheries and Agriculture Council.
Sub Committee D (Environment and Agriculture) considered your
letter at its meeting on 18 January.
We very much appreciate the efforts which you
have made to aid the Committee in their scrutiny of EU fisheries
legislation. The Committee found your evidence to us on 7 December
particularly helpful in advance of the Council. It is still regrettable
however that the proposal 14919/05 regarding fishing TACs and
quotas for the Baltic was not deposited before the Council, resulting
in a scrutiny override.
You know that we are particularly keen to increase
the time available for the consideration of fisheries proposals
before each December Council in order to avoid overrides in the
future. We commend the United Kingdom Presidency's action in making
proposals to the Commission to change how the decision-making
process works. What representations have you made to the Austrian
Presidency regarding implementation of the revised timetable in
2006? We would be pleased to be informed of the Commission's response
to the United Kingdom's proposal.
19 January 2006
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