Clear rules on all fishing authorisations outside EU waters 

A new law to streamline fishing authorisations for the EU’s external fishing fleet will be put to the vote on Tuesday.

The new regime - already agreed with Council in June - would set out strict, transparent and harmonised rules for issuing and managing fishing authorisations to EU vessels fishing outside EU waters and to foreign vessels operating in EU waters.

Every EU vessel fishing beyond EU waters would be required to obtain an authorisation by its flag member state, based on a set of common eligibility criteria, including administrative information on the vessel and its owner. The new rules would also include special provisions on reflagging operations and the creation of an EU electronic fishing authorisation register - partly accessible to the public.

Procedure:  ordinary legislative procedure, second reading agreement


Debate: Monday 11 December 

Vote: Tuesday 12 December