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Parliamentary questions
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12 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005727-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Linnéa Engström (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Norway-EU shared fish stocks
 Answer in writing 

The annual consultation on shared stocks between Norway and the EU is an important opportunity to ensure sustainable fishing that complies with the objectives outlined in the common fisheries policy (CFP). As highlighted by the Commission earlier this year(1), many shared stocks suffer considerable rates of overfishing. This is despite the commitments of the EU and Norway to achieve sustainable fishing limits by 2020 at the latest.

1. How does the Commission plan to achieve a negotiation outcome that is consistent with the relevant guidance from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) on establishing limits for shared fish stocks, and the objectives of the CFP, including the principles of good governance (Article 3 of the CFP regulation)?

2. How will the Commission specifically deal with the issue of cod and mackerel stocks, for which the ICES advised significant reductions?

The Commission represents the EU at the consultation. It is common practice to include representatives of the fishing sector in the EU delegation, which are proposed by the Member States.

3. How are interest groups included in the delegation and what efforts are made to ensure that both the interests of the fishing sector and civil society are represented?

(1)Communication of 11 June 2018 on the State of Play of the common fisheries policy and Consultation on the Fishing Opportunities for 2019 (COM(2018)0452).

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