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PE 575.272v04-00 A8-0068/2016

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 768/2005 establishing a Community Fisheries Control Agency

(COM(2015)0669 – C8-0406/2015 – 2015/0308(COD))

Committee on Fisheries

Rapporteur: Alain Cadec

(Simplified procedure – Rule 50(1) of the Rules of Procedure)



on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 768/2005 establishing a Community Fisheries Control Agency

(COM(2015)0669 – C8-0406/2015 – 2015/0308(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2015)0669),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 43(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C8-0406/2015),

–  having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rules 59 and 50(1) of its Rules of Procedure,

–  Having regard to the report of the Committee on Fisheries (A8-0068/2016),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading, taking over the Commission proposal;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.


National authorities that carry out coastguard functions are responsible for a large number of tasks in areas as wide-ranging as maritime safety, security, search and rescue, border controls, customs checks, environmental protection and law enforcement in general. There are currently 316 such national authorities across the European Union, which cooperate with one another using some 70 different structures. As a result, the current cooperation arrangements can be slow and fail to work correctly, in particular owing to a lack of information on the remits, powers and capabilities of other authorities, a limited number of operational assets, a lack of interoperability as regards both systems and assets, and limitations as regards joint planning and joint operations.

Under this proposal, maritime surveillance, prevention and control operations will be coordinated at EU level in order to improve maritime awareness and support operations that are consistent and cost-effective.

With that aim in mind, the Commission is proposing that an article on cooperation as regards coastguard functions be included in the mandate of the European Fisheries Control Agency. The same wording has been added to the mandates of the European Maritime Safety Agency (proposal for a regulation 2015/0313(COD)) and of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (proposal for a regulation 2015/0310(COD), Article 52). Adjusting the mandates of the three agencies in this way provides the legal basis required in order to shore up cooperation between the agencies and with national authorities carrying out coastguard functions.

Content of the proposal

The aim of the proposal is to enable the three European agencies whose duties include dealing with disasters at sea to coordinate their operations at sea and share information pertaining to their activities. The European Fisheries Control Agency, the European Maritime Safety Agency and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency must be able to cooperate by pooling their operational capacities and sharing surveillance information in order to enhance maritime safety and security.

The European Fisheries Control Agency helps direct fisheries-related operations but as things currently stand it is unable to take action in other maritime contexts. The aim of the proposal is to step up capacity-building with regard to responding to maritime threats and risks in the EU, in particular by improving cooperation among European agencies as well as among all civilian and military stakeholders. Cooperation will make it possible to prevent duplication of work by ensuring that all those involved, especially the European agencies, act coherently and effectively with a view to developing various forms of synergy.

The proposal is clear in establishing the tasks that the European Fisheries Control Agency will have:

•  sharing information and setting up systems to exchange information among agencies;

•  providing surveillance and communication services using state-of-the-art technology;

•  capacity-building at EU and national level with a view to raising awareness of issues relating to maritime safety and security, search and rescue, fisheries control and border control;

•  capacity-sharing, in particular as regards the sharing of assets across sectors and borders to make it possible to plan and implement multi-dimensional operations.

It is important to note that the proposal is a response to the pilot project on the coordination of the functions of European coastguards adopted by Parliament as part of the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2016. That pilot project makes it possible to test specific action conducted as part of joint operations by the three agencies mentioned above.

The rapporteur’s position

Under this proposal, the three agencies will support national authorities and be able to take effective joint action, in particular as regards conducting control, security and surveillance operations by providing the authorities with information, equipment and training, and by providing the required level of coordination for multi-dimensional operations. Such cooperation arrangements are essential given the current situation with regard to migration. Large flows of migrants require more solidarity from the EU, both materially and in human terms.

The rapporteur welcomes the proposal, which seeks to bring the powers and responsibilities of the European Fisheries Control Agency into line with those of the European Maritime Safety Agency and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency as regards cooperation on coastguard functions.

The rapporteur takes the view that with action being taken at national level, coastguard functions must be coordinated at EU level. For all the reasons set out above, the rapporteur recommends that the Commission proposal be adopted in line with the simplified procedure provided for under Rule 50 of Parliament’s Rules of Procedure.



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