The Fisheries Council was in 1999 included among the list of Councils specifically asked to develop strategies. An initial report outlining progress to date was submitted to the Santa Maria de Feira Summit in June 2000. This was followed by a more prospective report agreed by the Fisheries Council on 25 April 2001. The 2001 report stopped short of developing a full strategy, including timetables and indicators. However, it did contain a set of general objectives, accompanied by short and medium term objectives. The Commission was also invited to come forward with concrete proposals on environmental integration within the framework of the CFP review.
In addition to the main CFP reform proposals, the Commission’s new Action Plan is a response to this request.