Agriculture and Fisheries Council configuration (AGRIFISH)

Council of the EU

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council adopts legislation in a number of areas relating to the production of food, rural development and the management of fisheries.

How does the Agriculture and Fisheries Council work?

The AGRIFISH Council brings together ministers from each EU member state. Most member states are represented by a single minister for both sectors, although some send two ministers - one for agriculture and another for fisheries.

The European Commissioner for agriculture and rural development or the European Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries also take part in meetings.

Meetings usually take place once a month.

About agriculture and fisheries policy

The Council adopts legislation, in most cases together with the European Parliament, in a number of areas relating to the production of food, rural development and the management of fisheries.

Areas under agricultural policy include the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), rules on the internal market for agriculture, forestry, organic production, quality of production and food and animal feed safety. Measures relating to CAP aim to increase agricultural productivity, ensure a fair standard of living for the agricultural community, stabilise markets, assure the availability of supplies and ensure that supplies reach consumers at reasonable prices.

The Council also adopts legislation on fisheries policy, the setting of annual Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas for each species, and on the allocation of fishing opportunities. A key challenge is to make fisheries more environmentally sustainable and more economically viable, while addressing issues such as over-fishing and fleet overcapacity.

Priorities of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council during the Slovak presidency

The Council will look at ways to strengthen the position of farmers in the food supply chain. It will also decide on measures to stabilise the agricultural markets, especially in the dairy and pigmeat sectors. Ministers will continue the discussion on the simplification of the common agricultural policy (CAP) and negotiations on organic farming and the labelling of organic products

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will also work on the implementation of the EU Forest Strategy and promote sustainable global forest management.

In the fisheries policy sector, the Council will focus on setting the catch limits for the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, deep-sea species and other stocks.