Fisheries Committee members elected their new Chair on Wednesday, following the departure of the former Chair due to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
Pierre Karleskind (Renew Europe, FR) was elected Chair of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee by acclamation.
“I would like to thank my colleagues for their trust. This mandate will be particularly heavy when it comes to fisheries. First of all, we have to negotiate a new fisheries agreement with the United Kingdom before 1 July this year. We request reciprocal access to waters, meaning the same situation as we have now - nothing more, nothing less. With this being one condition for concluding the economic partnership”, declared Pierre Karleskind following his election. “Moreover, the oceans, the seas and their resources are in a critical state. We have to ensure the sustainable management of fisheries in Europe and across the world. The works of our Fisheries Committee, carried out in cooperation with the fishing sector, NGO’s and researchers, must drive the transformation of our Common Fisheries Policy”, he added.
Main responsibilities of the Chair
In addition to presiding over committee and coordinators’ meetings, the Chair represents the committee both within and outside Parliament and presides over legislative negotiations led by the committee. The Chair has authority over voting procedures and rules on the admissibility of amendments.
Committee Chair and Vice-Chairs form the bureau, which is responsible for their respective committee’s smooth functioning. The committee bureau holds office for two and a half years.
Rules on the composition of the bureau
The process for the election of committee bureaus is defined in Rule 213 of the Rules of Procedure, according to which the 28 PECH full members can vote by acclamation or by secret ballot. The distribution of seats and the composition of Parliament’s permanent committees have changed after Brexit. The updated list of members of the Fisheries Committee is available here. You can consult our background note to find out more about the changes to the European Parliament after Brexit.