Thursday, 22 October 2009

Common Fisheries Policy: Agreement on new control system

The 2966th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 19 October 2009 reached political agreement on a regulation establishing a modernised system for inspection, monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy throughout the market chain, "from net to plate". Decisions were made on Control and monitoring and sanctions, inspection powers (inspections of fishing vessels to take place outside the waters or territory of the inspecting Member State and independent inspections by Commission fishery inspectors will be possible without prior notice to the Member State concerned) and Cooperation among Member States and coordinating authority (system of mutual assistance and systematic exchange of control-related information between Member States together with a communication of control data via secure national websites with remote access for the Commission and the extension of the mandate of the Community Fisheries Control Agency - CFCA).

Source: EU Council