Fisheries Committee adopts reports on market organisation & reporting obligations

The Fisheries Committee in the European Parliament Wednesday 20 June adopted two reports in the CFP reform: Struan Stevenson’s report on the common market organisation and Carl Haglund’s report on reporting obligations.

Date of catch
MEPs in the Fisheries Committee from all political groups often speak about the importance of special protection for the small scale fleets, but when it came to one measure that would in practice give the small scale fleet a relative advantage, they went for a compromise solution during the vote on the Common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products (CMO report).

The Commission had proposed that the ‘date of catch’ should be mandatory information on labels, giving an advantage on the consumer market to those fishermen who land their fish the same day that it is caught – generally, small scale fishermen. But the Fisheries Committee agreed that the ‘date of catch’ should only be voluntary information on labels, the reason mentioned being that mandatory date of catch labels “would discriminate against vessels that keep fish fresh, on ice, but are at sea for a longer period of time,” i.e. generally the industrial fleet segment.

Ulrike Rodust (S&D) said the decision “goes against the EU consumers’ interests and their right to transparent information.”

Eco-label
Another result of the vote was that MEPs call on the Commission to table a legislative proposal by 1 January 2015 to introduce a new EU eco-labelling system for fisheries products.

After the vote the rapporteur, Struan Stevenson, compared the committee vote with the General approach adopted by the Council last week and said he was surprised to see that there is a lot in common between the two positions. “In Council they see some merit in an EU eco-label. I didn’t think we would get such rapid support for that,” he said and added that there are nonetheless several outstanding issues to be solved with the Council.

Read a statement by Struan Stevenson on the ECR Group website.

Details on the CMO vote
> Download the consolidated report, as voted (update 27 June)

Adopted amendments:
75, 77, 78, 83, 86, 88, 95, 115, 121, 130, 132, 135, 133, 13, 162, 168, 165, 172, 175, 187, 188, 190, 192, 15, 199, 201, 202, 204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 214, 215, 219, 220, 221, 222, 224, 226, 241, 16, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, oral AM (Cadec), 251, 252, 253, 255, 257, 260, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, ENVI 28, ENVI29, 274, 282, 285, 288, 290, 19, 294, 20, 21, 313, 327, 330, 334, 337, 338, 341, 350, 351, 361, 366, ENVI38, 386, 399, 27, 407, 413, 414, 416, 417, 419, 420, 422, 423, 424, 425, 430, 431, 433, 435, 31, 443, 446, 447, 448, 454, 32, 457, 460, 461, 463, 464, 466, 34, ENVI1, 1, 35, 36, 37, 39, 4, ENVI4, 52, 179, 54, 6, 7, 8, 63, 67, 68, 70, 71.

Final Vote: 24 (in favour)/ 1 (against)/ 0 (abstentions)

All the compromise amendmens were adopted (but in case of CA9 only the second part -excluding word “organic”, in case of CA13 only first part adopted, for CA15 only second part adopted).

Related documents: Original Commission proposal. Draft report (AM1-33). PECH amendments (AM34-467). ENVI amendments.

The plenary vote on the Stevenson and Haglund reports are scheduled to take place in September.

Axel Naver

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