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Tuesday, 06 December 2011

Ranking priorities for EU Common Fisheries Policy

In the aftermath of the Commission‘s reform proposal, EU’s  Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) priorities come to debate. Lowi  Evans, Director General of the DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission, and Alain Cadec, Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee (MEP, EPP) detail the major goals of the CPF and exchange views on its priorities.

During the debate Citizen's Controversy, moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director of The Madariaga-College of Europe foundation, Evans stresses that the proposal is aiming  at reaching environmental sustainability,  integrating a local development agenda and evolving towards a policy more attentive to consumer demand as well as simplifying procedures.

Thought keen on remarking the importance of environmental sustainability and fisheries resources, Cadec  claims that the proposal forgets fishermen’s needs . Furthermore, he voiced criticism of treating fisheries as “adjustment variable” in trade agreements as he stresses  that these are as “sensitive “ as agricultural products.

Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), as Pierre Defraigne says, constitutes one of the most complex European policies as it implies both the internal and external dimensions of the EU where a wide range of actors are involved.

 

Source: The Madariaga-College of Europe foundation