Access to information regarding total allowable catches (TACs) of EU fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic discussed and adopted on 17 and 18 December 2018, and exemptions from the landing obligation
From: Anne Friel
Dear DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries,
In accordance with Article 2 of Regulation 1049/2001 and Article 3 of Regulation 1367/2001, ClientEarth would like to have access to the following documents related to the total allowable catches (TACs) for fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic for 2019:
1. Any records, minutes or notes of meetings/discussions that took place between the Commission and the Member State representatives on the TACs for 2019, including any minutes or notes of Council working party/ministerial meetings taken by Commission staff, and any internal Commission briefings on the subject. We do not seek access to the Commission's legislative proposals for the 2018 TACs, unless such documents are annotated and/or contain negotiation directives. We also do not seek access to the documents that are publicly available in the Council’s document register, filed under interinstitutional code 2018/0380 (NLE) at the date of this request.
2. A full table of all proposed and agreed quota adjustments (such as those previously referred to as quota top-ups or any deductions) to account for a) catches that could be discarded before the introduction of the landing obligation, but now will have to be landed and b) exemptions from the landing obligation (in tonnes and %), and TACs before the adjustments (top-ups or deductions) were applied;
3. A detailed description of the methodology used to calculate quota adjustments (top-ups or deductions);
4. The calculations that the proposed and agreed quota adjustments (top-ups or deductions) were based on, ideally in Excel spreadsheet format.
5. We would also like to have access to any documents relating to exemptions from the landing obligation within the period commencing with the STECF’s Expert Working Group 18-06 of June 2018 and ending with the Commission’s adoption of the draft discard plans for 2019 in October 2018, including any correspondence between the Commission and the Member States and any records, minutes or notes of meetings/discussions that took place between the Commission and the Member States regarding this matter.
In the interests of good administration, ClientEarth requests that the response clearly identifies the documents in the Commission’s possession in relation to each of these categories and clearly indicates to which category the disclosed documents relate.
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Ares(2019)785077 - RE: access to documents request - Access to
information regarding total allowable catches (TACs) of EU fish stocks in
the Northeast Atlantic discussed and adopted on 17 and 18 December 2018,
and exemptions from the landing obligation
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