Wednesday 5 November from 15:00 - 18:30 and Thursday 6 November from 9:00 - 12:30 and 15:00 - 18:30
in room Paul Henri Spaak - PHS 5B001
This meeting will mainly consist of exchange of views on various topics and the public hearing on The Oyster Industry in Europe: Challenges for Producers which will be the main item on the agenda of Thursday afternoon.
Hearing on the Oyster Industry in Europe: Challenges for producers
On 6 November 2014, the PECH Committee will hold a hearing with representatives of the oyster industry and scientific experts in the field. The hearing will focus on revisiting the current state of the oyster sector in Europe and the challenges that the producers face, specifically issues concerning oyster health and the actions which need to be taken to ensure a better future for the oyster industry.
Landing obligation - and ban on discards of catches that it entails - is one of the key elements resulting from the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The Commission proposal paves way for a speedy implementation of the ban on discards. The PECH Committee presented the draft report on landing obligation at its committee meeting on 16 October. Members have until the 21 October to table amendments to the draft report which will then be voted at the committee meeting of 3 December.
On Monday 29 September, the PECH and the ENVI committee jointly heard Karmenu Vella, the Commissioner-designate for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
The hearing began with a short speech of the Commissioner-designate outlining the main priorities in his prospective portfolio and the initiatives he considered putting forward during his mandate. Following his introductory remarks, Mr Vella replied to questions from Members of both PECH and ENVI Committees. The Transport committee Members also posed some questions. Following the hearing the committee coordinators met to evaluate the Commissioner-designate and sent their evaluation to the Conference of Committee Chairs. More details on the outcome of this hearing will be available later.
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