At the Fisheries Council on 11 June, Commissioner Fischler was strongly criticised by a number of Member States for the Commission’s far-reaching proposal to reform the EU’s common fisheries policy.
On 11 June, the Fisheries Council held a first debate on the new proposal. The aim of the proposal is to move towards a more sustainable fishery and stabilise the declining fish stocks. However, the opponents of the reform claimed that the proposal does not take enough consideration of the socio-economic problems it will cause. Spain and Portugal stated that abolishing the aid for modernisation of the fleets would be unacceptable, and that the measures would hit certain Member States unfairly.
Also countries that in general are in favour of a drastic reform, were critical to the multiannual programmes proposed by the Commission, which they believed would transfer power from the Council to the Commission.