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

Anne Friel made this access to documents request to Council of the EU

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From: Anne Friel


Dear Council of the EU,

In accordance with Regulation 1049/2001 and Regulation 1367/2006, we hereby request access to the minutes of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held on 17-18 of December 2018, insofar as they concern the total allowable catches (TACs) for EU fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic for 2019.

We would also like to have access to all preparative and supporting documents related to this issue, even those dated after the December Council, including any scientific or economic evidence or arguments used and/or referred to by the EU institutions and the Member States, and any correspondence exchanged.

For the sake of clarity, this request does not cover documents that are available on the consilium register under interinstitutional file code 2018/0380(NLE) at the date of this request, nor those documents already disclosed to ClientEarth in response to access to documents requests with reference numbers 18/2412, 18/2381, 18/2516, 18/2518.

We are particularly interested in obtaining the following:
1. any additional documents used by Member States to support deviation from the Commission’s proposal;
2. records, minutes or notes of the Council Working Party and COREPER discussions held in the lead-up to December Council, including those taken by members of the Council secretariat;
3. a full table of all proposed and agreed quota adjustments (such as those previously referred to as quota top-ups and/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 and/or deductions) were applied;
4. a detailed description of the methodology used to calculate quota adjustments (top-ups and/or deductions);
5. the calculations that the proposed and agreed quota adjustments (top-ups and/or deductions) were based on, ideally in Excel spreadsheet format.

In the interests of good administration, ClientEarth requests that the response clearly identifies the documents in the Council’s possession in relation to each of these categories and clearly indicates to which category the disclosed documents relate.

Yours faithfully,

Anne Friel

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Council of the EU

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