Vote on controversial Fisheries Partnership Agreements with Mauritania
On 29 May, PECH Committee will vote on Fisheries Partnership Agreements with Mauritania 2012/0258(NLE) that has proved controversial. The Rapporteur MATO (PPE) takes the position that consent should not be given as it is not to the EU’s advantage being economically unviable and is not to Mauritania’s advantage either. Other members have taken the contrary position.
On 23 April at 10.50, PECH Members adopted two draft reports by Diane Dodds (NI) on Amendment of Council Regulation (EC) No 1342/2008 of 18 December 2008 establishing a long-term plan for cod stocks and the fisheries exploiting those stocks 2012/0013(COD) and 2012/0236(COD). One of the files is an alignment to the Lisbon Treaty, the other substantial changes to the management plan for the cod stocks. The substantial changes seek to adapt the current plan to developments regarding the sustainability of the stock since its adoption.
Prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
On 23 April at 10.40, PECH Members adopted the report by Raul ROMEVA (Greens) on amendments of Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 establishing a Community system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. The Commission proposal is part of the alignment to the Lisbon Treaty. The Regulation establishes a Community system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Community and international waters.
Hearing by EFCA : Tools to improve a culture of compliance in European Fisheries
On 22 April at 15.00, PECH Committee organised a hearing in collaboration with the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA): Tools to improve a culture of compliance in European Fisheries, in room PHS 7C050. The Chair of the Committee on Fisheries opened the hearing introducing the experts. Following an introduction by Holmquist, Chair of the Administrative Board of the EFCA, there were two panels of experts. The first panel presentéd the enforcement scheme, and the following one discussed about new opportunities and challenges for compliance provided with the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.
You can find additional information on the detailed programme in the events section on this website.
The PECH Committee is responsible for:
1. the operation and development of the common fisheries policy and its management;
2. the conservation of fishery resources;
3. the common organisation of the market in fishery products;
4. structural policy in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, including the financial instruments for fisheries guidance;
Welcome to the website of the Committee on Fisheries
On this website, you will find different information and documents related to the work of our committee, such as meeting agendas and documents, our monthly newsletter and contributions by stakeholders and experts to the committee's public hearings. Regularly updated highlights on our activities are also displayed on the front page of the site.
The core issue for our committee during this parliamentary term is undoubtedly the ongoing reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, in which the European Parliament is involved with codecision powers as a result of the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. Fisheries policy needs to reconcile a variety of interests with the aim of securing the long term sustainability of the marine environment, fish stocks, fishermen, related industries, and coastal communities. The current policy has many shortcomings which all three institutions involved in the reform are determined to address.
Keeping EU citizens properly informed on the shaping of the political decisions that will be taken on their behalf can only contribute positively to this process and I believe that this website can play a useful role by providing an insight to our daily activities.