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Next meeting and additional information

The next Committee meeting will take place on:
  • Wednesday 21 January from 15.00 to 18.30 and
  • Thursday 22 January from 9.00 to 12.30 in room Altiero Spinelli (ASP) 5 E2
Additional information:
Briefings on commitments made at the hearing of KARMENU VELLA, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime and Fisheries, are now published.

Hearing on the Fisheries in the outermost regions

The current economic and social crisis has some serious effects on the outermost regions of the EU, particularly in terms of competitiveness and employment. Urgent and appropriate actions should be taken in the next funding period and EMFF programming in order to meet the needs of economic growth and cope with the unemployment problem. On 4 December 2014 the Fisheries Committee listened to various presentations from scientific experts in the field in order to address these issues.

Committee responsible for:
1.    the operation and development of the common fisheries policy and its management;
2.    the conservation of fishery resources, the management of fisheries and fleets exploiting such resources and marine and applied fisheries research;
3.    the common organisation of the market in fishery and aquaculture products and the processing and marketing thereof;
4.    structural policy in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, including the financial instruments and funds for fisheries guidance to support these sectors;
5.    the integrated maritime policy as regards fishing activities;
6.    sustainable fisheries partnership agreements, regional fisheries organisations and the implementation of international obligations in the field of fisheries.
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This site contains a wealth of information about the work of the Committee on Fisheries, including agendas and other meeting documents, our monthly newsletter Trawler and details of the public hearings we hold.  Our home page also provides regular updates about significant events and developments involving the committee.
The focus of our work during the eighth parliamentary term will undoubtedly be the ongoing reform of the common fisheries policy, a process in which Parliament has played an important role over the past few months.  Fisheries policy has to reconcile the interests of a wide range of stakeholders, with a view to safeguarding the long-term viability of the marine environment and fish stocks, the livelihoods of fishermen and the future of fisheries-related industries and coastal communities. This new, ambitious policy brings with it many challenges, ones which the EU institutions are determined to meet.
We believe that keeping EU citizens properly informed about the policy-making process can only help us to make better decisions.  I am sure that this website will play its part by giving people a clearer insight into our day-to-day activities.
Alain Cadec
Chair of the Committee on Fisheries