The European fishing industry is at the crossroads: Most fish stocks are being overfished, with catches declining every year. A thorough reform of EU fishing practices is essential to lay the foundation for an environmentally sustainable and socio-economically viable fishing industry.
The European Commission has in 2011 tabled reform proposals for the Common Fisheries Policy, which address key points such as respect for resources and the environment, sufficient supply of quality fisheries and aquaculture products, prosperity of coastal regions and fishing enterprises, as well as the improvement of working conditions in the sector.
This event gave members of national parliaments the opportunity to debate the three legislative reform proposals with Members of the European Parliament and Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Their views will now feed into the preparations for the draft reports of the EP committee on fisheries, expected for summer/early autumn. This is the first reform of the EU's fisheries policy where the European Parliament acts as co-legislator on an equal footing with the member states.