THE BIG FISHERIES QUESTION TIME AND DEBATE
Organised by the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh
On Friday 30th March, three leading Members of the European Parliament will be taking part in a public Question Time on EU Fisheries policy debate in Peterhead.
Struan Stevenson MEP (Conservative), Ian Hudghton MEP (SNP) and Chris Davies MEP (Liberal Democrat) will be taking part in a new European Parliament scheme to take discussion of topical EU issues on the road to hear the views of local people.
The European Commission’s proposals for CFP reform are currently under discussion in the European Parliament and by EU Governments, but 2012 will be the first time that the the European Parliament has had decision-making rights in this area, under the Lisbon Treaty. Previously MEPs were consulted, but national governments had the final say. The European Parliament Fisheries Committee is preparing to vote on some of its key reports and amendments on these reform proposals in the coming weeks and months.
At the debate, the MEPs will set out their views on the current state of play on CFP reform and how they see the situation developing. The floor will then be open for Q&A and debate. The event will be chaired by Colin Wight of BBC Scotland. Industry representatives, local councillors and other stakeholders, including environmental NGOs, will also be present and contributing to the debate.
This event will take place at the Waterside Inn near Peterhead: http://www.swallow-hotels.com/hotels/waterside-inn.aspx on Friday 30th March, 18.00-19.30. It is free to attend and open to all, but advance registration is required. To register, or with any queries, please email email@example.com or call: 0131 557 78 66.