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Monday, 03 June 2013

EU: Landmark agreement on Common Fisheries Policy reform

A landmark agreement between the Council of Ministers and European Parliament on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) was reached on 30th May, the European Commission informs.
The main achievements under this agreement are as follows:
•      Fishing quotas set will fully respects scientific advice. Officials said a deal to follow scientific advice more closely when setting quotas in the future could increase EU fish stocks by up to 15 million tonnes by the end of the decade.
•     The discard of fish stocks will no longer be allowed. Some limited exemptions have been included. The plan is to restore dwindling stocks by 2020.
•      Completely new regionalized decision making approach.
•    Biologically sensitive areas with spawning grounds and high populations of juvenile fish should be developed and strengthened.
As part of the deal, EU fishing nations will have to reduce the size of their fleets to reflect their overall quotas or face the loss of some subsidies.
The agreement follows a long series of talks between the Irish Presidency, and the European Parliament, with the Commission acting as facilitator throughout the discussions. Finalisation and formal adoption will follow in the next months. This will involve validation by the Council followed by a 2nd reading in the European Parliament. The last remaining issues to be solved are details related to the issues of the Maximum Sustainable Yield objective, the discard ban, regionalization, and fleet capacity management.
Once this process is complete, the new policy will enter into force by 1 January 2014 with a progressive implementation of the new rules.|

Source: European Commission, Council of the EU, Euractiv