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On Thursday 22 January PECH Members had two important exchanges of views with Minister of Agriculture Jānis Dūklavs, President of the Council of the EU for the Latvian Presidency and Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime and Fisheries.
During these discussions Members questioned the Latvian Presidency on their priorities during their 6 month term in the Council and discussed among other important issues the Commission proposal on driftnets with Commissioner Vella.
Fishermen will have two years to “adapt” before sanctions for failing to comply with the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) discard ban take effect, under a tentative deal struck by Parliament and Council on Thursday, with European Commission help. The agreement amends the “omnibus” regulation setting out detailed arrangements for enforcing the ban. (Read more)
The priorities of Latvia’s EU Council Presidency will be outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Latvian ministers in a series of meetings to be held during the last two weeks of January. (Read more)
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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.
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Chair of the Committee on Fisheries