Procedure : 2011/2899(RSP)
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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0579/2011

further to Questions for Oral Answer B7‑0038/2012 and B7‑0029/2012

pursuant to Rule 115(5) of the Rules of Procedure

on the contribution of the common fisheries policy to the production of public goods (2011/2899(RSP))

Pat the Cope Gallagher, Giommaria Uggias, Filiz Hakaeva Hyusmenova on behalf of the ALDE Group

European Parliament resolution on the contribution of the common fisheries policy to the production of public goods (2011/2899(RSP))  

The European Parliament,


–   having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002 of 20 December 2002 on the conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources under the Common Fisheries Policy(1),

–   having regard to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982,

–   having regard to the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries adopted on 31 October 1995,

–   having regard to the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions entitled ‘Rio+20: towards the green economy and better governance’ (COM(2011)363),

–   having regard to the Communication entitled ‘Europe 2020’ (COM(2010)2020),

–   having regard to Rules 115(5) and 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas the fishing sector is contributing to the economic growth of Europe through catches, processing and marketing;

B.  whereas the European fishing sector is a multi-functional sector which includes besides its core activity also recreational fishing and aquaculture;

C. whereas recreational fishing contributes to the creation of jobs, promotes tourism and preserves our cultural heritage; moreover, it can contribute to a more sustainable fishing within Europe and therefore serves the Rio+20 objectives as well as it is in line with the Europe 2020 strategy;

D. whereas the multi-functional level of fisheries should be acknowledged and supported within the common fisheries policy (CFP) reform;

E.  whereas recreational fishing is a core element of activity also of the coastal communities;

F.  whereas coastal communities have been hard hit by the decline in the fisheries sector as a whole which has severely affected small fishing ports throughout the EU;

G. whereas the regeneration of small fishing ports should be prioritised under the reform of the common fisheries policy;

1.  Calls on the Commission to acknowledge the diversification of the fishing sector and the importance of recreational fishing and aquaculture as two main pillars besides the fishing activity itself;

2.  Calls on the Commission to acknowledge that recreational fishing is in line with the Europe 2020 strategy and serves the objectives of the Communication on Rio+20: towards the green economy and better governance;

3.  As recreational fishing has not been tackled in the Commission’s proposals presented on 13 July 2011, stresses that it should be distinctly addressed within the CFP reform process;

4.  Urges the Commission to elaborate on the different possibilities to financially support the recreational fishing sector and other water related activities under the future European Fisheries Fund and/or the Cohesion Fund as part of structural support for this European fishing sector;

5.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council and the parliaments of the Member States.


OJ L 358, 31.12.2002. p. 59.

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