INVITATION – PRESS BRIEFING
Do EU measures contribute to adapting the capacity of EU fishing fleets to available fishing opportunities?
The EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) aims to promote sustainable fishing by achieving a balance between fish resources and fishing fleets in order to avoid overexploitation of fish stocks. The European Fisheries Fund (EFF) provides € 4,3 billion for the programming period 2007 – 2013 to support the CFP.
This European Court of Auditors’ (ECA) performance audit assessed whether EU measures effectively contributed to adapting the capacity of the fleets to available fishing opportunities . The Court examined two main questions: Is the framework for the reduction of fleet capacity clear; and are specific measures well defined and implemented? The audit was carried out at the Commission and in seven Member States (Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the UK) selected on the basis of the size of their fishing fleets and the resources available for adapting their fishing fleets under the EFF.
The main conclusions and recommendations of the report will be presented to the press by Mr Lazaros Lazarou, Member of the Court.
DATE AND TIME Monday, 12 December 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
VENUE The RESIDENCE PALACE – International Press Centre, MAELBEEK ROOM
155, rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels – Belgium
A PRESS KIT, consisting of the Special Report and a press release, will be made available for the press briefing. The Special Report will be published on the Court’s website, www.eca.europa.eu, in 22 official languages.
INTERPRETATION will be available in English and French.