Fisheries Committee sets timetable for CFP reports & approves IUU report

Here is a summary of some of the discussions and votes in the Fisheries Committee in the European Parliament 10–11 October.

CFP Reports Timetable
The Commission made presentations on four of the reports in the CFP – the overarching communication, the basic regulation, the market regulation and the communication on the external dimension.

MEPs had the opportunity to comment on the proposals, and the brief discussions covered many different topics within the frame of the CFP reform. Several MEPs from many political groups expressed scepticism about mandatory transferable fishing concessions (TFCs). Many MEPs also asked the Commission to deliver more detail on how a regionalisation of the CFP is planned to be implemented on a practical level.

Ulrike Rodust (S&D), rapporteur for the main legislative proposal, the basic regulation, suggested a preliminary timetable for the work with her report:

  • Presentation of working document, early next year.
  • Hearing with national parliaments, February 2012.
  • Hearing on regionalisation, March 2012.
  • Presentation of draft report, May 2012.
  • Committee vote, July 2012.
  • Plenary vote, September 2012.

Struan Stevenson (ECR), rapporteur for the market regulation, also proposed a preliminary timetable for his report:

  • Presentation of working document, December 2011.
  • Hearing on the Common Market Organisation (CMO), January 2012.
  • Hearing with national parliaments, February 2012.
  • Presentation of draft report, March 2012.
  • Vote in Committee, May 2012.
  • Vote in Plenary, July 2012.

It may be noted that in the Council working group on fisheries, the Commission makes presentations and participates in discussions on each article in the CFP proposals. The Commission’s presentation and the following discussion in the European Parliament today – covering four of the six CFP reports – lasted less than a couple of hours.

IUU report
A unanimous Committee adopted a report by Green MEP Isabella Lövin on combating illegal fishing at the global level – the role of the EU.

Fisheries Fund Study
The Committee discussed a new report on the future of the European Fisheries Fund. The study evaluates the current implementation of the EFF and identifies challenges and issues, and based on the results of the evaluation, develops proposals for a future EFF.
Download the report: Perspective for the new European Fisheries Fund.

The Committee discussed the recommendation by liberal MEP Carl Haglund to decline to consent to the conclusion of the one-year extension of the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement.

Dates for votes were decided: Fisheries Committee will vote in November. The plenary vote will take place in December or January.

Hearing on small-scale fisheries
A hearing on Socio-economic viability and solutions for small-scale and coastal
fisheries in the EU in the context of CFP reform
was held Tuesday afternoon.

Axel Naver

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