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Parliamentary questions
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25 November 2019
E-002933/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Vella
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002933/2019

Pursuant to Annex V Part D Point 1 Regulation (EU) 2019/1241(1), fishing with pulse trawl is prohibited as of 1 July 2021. According to Article 25 of this regulation, there is a possibility to derogate from the technical measures provided for in the regulation in order to conduct scientific research, subject to strict conditions stipulated in the same article.

Following the entry into force of this regulation on 14 August 2019, the Commission has requested all Member States to submit information about the measures taken by them on how they intend to adjust their scientific research programs or projects in line with these new conditions as set in Article 25.

In addition, further information was requested on scientific research being conducted on electric pulse trawl. This concerns the timing and content of the specific scientific protocol as part of a scientific research plan to be reviewed or validated by the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) or the Scientific Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF), in line with Article 25(1)(f) or the system for monitoring, control and evaluation in line with Article 25(1) (f).

The Commission is currently in the process of assessing the replies received. Subject to the results of this assessment, the Commission will consider the measures needed to ensure the compliance with the regulation.

(1)Regulation (EU) 2019/1241 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on the conservation of fisheries resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures, amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1967/2006, (EC) No 1224/2009 and Regulations (EU) No 1380/2013, (EU) 2016/1139, (EU) 2018/973, (EU) 2019/472 and (EU) 2019/1022 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 894/97, (EC) No 850/98, (EC) No 2549/2000, (EC) No 254/2002, (EC) No 812/2004 and (EC) No 2187/2005 — Annex V Part D Point 2 (a)
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