Hearings

A committee is permitted to organise a hearing with experts, where this is considered essential to its work on a particular subject. Hearings can also be held jointly by two or more committees. Most committees organise regular hearings, as they allow them to hear from experts and hold discussions on the key issues. On this page you will find all the available information relating to committee hearings, including programmes and contributions from speakers.

Paper ships made as European Union and British flags sailing side by side in the water

The UK has now become the EU’s most important partner in fisheries, with a large number of jointly managed fish stocks and a large EEZ in which a sizeable part of the EU fleet has been fishing. The TCA preserves the possibility for the EU fleet to access UK waters, while accepting a medium-term loss of 25% of the value of historic fishing rights held there.

Colourful fishing nets with floats

The objective of this hearing is to exchange experiences made and to trigger a debate on co-managing of fisheries at local level. The speakers are experts and stakeholders, who will present their views on fisheries co-management. The hearing will be focused on the impact of co-management on small scale fisheries, on partnership agreements between the government and the local community of resource users, and case studies/ examples on co-management of EU fisheries at local level will be presented.

Mediterranean fish

The scope of the hearing is to identify concrete steps and relevant tools on how to achieve, under the current fishing regime, a recovery of endangered stocks, while safeguarding stock productivity and fleet profitability.

Fish sea farm with floating circle cages

The objective of this hearing is to listen to different stakeholders about the current challenges facing the aquaculture sector, notably linked to production. The speakers include fish farmers from varied realities, ranging from sea-based aquaculture in the Atlantic and Mediterranean to the ponds of the Czech Republic. Other speakers include researchers and entrepreneurs involved in developing innovative practices, from Hungary, Belgium and Croatia.

Fisher with fresh fish on blue boat

The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) of 2013 foresaw the gradual elimination of the practice of discarding through the introduction an obligation to land all catches. It is one of the main features of the fisheries policy reform and as such requires continued committee attention.

Dutch fishing trawlers surrounded by seagulls on a calm sea

An effective fisheries control system is essential to ensure that EU fisheries are managed in a sustainable manner, which in turn ensures the long-term viability of the EU fisheries sector.

Fishing boat at sea with boxes of fresh fish just caught

Landing obligation is a long-standing policy goal of the EU Common Fisheries Policy that requires fishers to bring all catch ashore eliminating discards at sea. The policy has been phased in gradually over the years and is fully implemented starting this year, 2019. The speakers’ profiles combine first-hand industry expertise with scientific analysis. The audience would receive the most recent overview about the implementation of this important component of the fisheries policy.

Poster for the Public Hearing on the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries in the EU

On 26 September 2018, representatives from 18 Mediterranean and Black Sea countries as well as the EU signed in Malta a Ministerial Declaration aimed at implementing a Regional Action Plan for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.