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Friday, 02 July 2010

Council conclusions: Reform of the CFP

The 3025th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 29 June 2010 had an exchange of views on the available policy options for the reform of the common fisheries policy (CFP) following a presentation by Commissioner Damanaki. In preparation of the reform of the CFP, the Commission issued a Green Paper on April 2009. This document analysed the outcome of the last CFP reform in 2002 and identified structural failings and main issues to be addressed in the future. It addresses issues such as: differentiated management regimes for industrial and small-scale coastal fleets, management tools, relative stability, trade and market, integration of the CFP in a broader maritime policy context, knowledge base of the policy, structural policy and public funding, the external dimension of the CFP and aquaculture. Commission's presentation to the Council underscored the necessity of an appropriate review of the CFP by explaining that in absence of a reform, the outlook for the future would be catastrophic for preservation of fish stocks and economic situation of fisheries affecting strongly the social situation of people living from this activity. Following the Commission's presentation, three delegations, while mentioning the importance of a sustainable fishery, proposed a common declaration highlighting their attachment to the fundamentals of the CFP, in particular the management by national quotas and their opposition to the introduction of individual tradable rights (ITR) at EU level. The results of the large consultation process initiated on the reform will be followed by legislative proposals to be addressed by the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament early in 2011.

Source: Council of the EU