Daily Notebook: 25-10-96(1)
On behalf of the Fisheries committee, Heinz Kindermann (D,PES) recommended a
Commission proposal for a change in the rules to allow EU funding to promote
sales of both locally caught fish and fish farmed product arguing that it could
act as a quality guarantee. The report was approved without amendment.
Gerard D'Aboville (F, UFE) recommended approval of a fisheries agreement with
the Seychelles to run from January 1996 to January 1999. He believes providing
access to Seychelles for 42 siners and 15 surface longliners will stimulate
employment for European and local fisherman but is keen to see proper
conservation measures in place. The report and amendments was approved.
Pat the Cope Gallagher (Connacht/Ulster, UFE) in his report demanded the
immediate implementation of the Commission's technical proposals (already in
place) to encourage conservation stating current measures were inadequate.
Amendments tabled by ELDR on technical netting measures were inadequate and the
socio-economic impact of equipment were all accepted. The proposal was approved
Paul Lannoye (B, V) presented in place of Patricia McKenna, (Dublin, Greens) the
Committee's reaction to the Commission's report on the Common Fisheries Policy.
The report said that monitoring of fishing activities was very poor with 9 out
of 13 states not achieving the lines of Multi-Annual Guidance Programme. In the
debate MEPs complained about the lack of the Fishing Commissioner and that
fishing was regulated to a Friday morning. The proposal was approved with no
A joint resolution was approved covering the crisis in the salmon market and
deplores Member states failure to propose constructive measure as salmon
production and processing especially in Scotland and Ireland is a vital source
Hyland proposed extension to rural development policy and the development of a
rural charter. MEPs in debate stressed the importance of protecting rural
areas. Needle said 1 in 4 of people in rural areas living in poverty. Hallam
said countryside was not a museum. An amendment tabled by UFE group on
preserving cultural and regional and identity along with the proposal approved.
Agricultural Products .
Mr Alan Gillis (Leinster, EPP) recommended the processing of agricultural
products and the technical measures required which was approved by MEPS. The
request of the Agricultural Commissioner was requested.
Olive Oil .
A joint resolution strongly calling on the Commission to submit a report on the
functioning of the system of aid for the production of olive oil and urging the
Commission to assess various alternatives was approved. Commissioner Edith
Cresson responding said evidence of fraud scans in the market sector and said
flexible measures would be adopted.