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Parliamentary questions
3 July 2017
P-003537/2017
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission

Independent observer schemes for the purposes of ensuring that no illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is taking place may be implemented by Member States on their own initiative or required by a Regional Fisheries Management Organisation.

To date, no Union control scheme has been established pursuant to Article 73 of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 establishing a Union control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the common fisheries policy(1).

Irrespective of whether or not an observer scheme is in place, the Member States remain responsible for the control of fishing vessels flying their flag, pursuant to the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 and its implementing rules.

(1)Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009 establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the common fisheries policy, amending Regulations (EC) No 847/96, (EC) No 2371/2002, (EC) No 811/2004, (EC) No 768/2005, (EC) No 2115/2005, (EC) No 2166/2005, (EC) No 388/2006, (EC) No 509/2007, (EC) No 676/2007, (EC) No 1098/2007, (EC) No 1300/2008, (EC) No 1342/2008 and repealing Regulations (EEC) No 2847/93, (EC) No 1627/94 and (EC) No 1966/2006, OJ L 343, 22.12.2009, p. 1‐50.

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