Crucial fisheries vote postponed – again

The Committee vote on the main file in the fisheries reform, the Basic Regulation, has been rescheduled to 18 December 2012.

After more than 2500 amendments were tabled to the basic regulation proposal by Members of the European Parliament, intense negotiations have been going on between the political groups to find compromises which a majority of MEPs can agree on.

These discussions have proven to take longer than initially planned, and the date for the vote in the Fisheries Committee has once again been postponed. It was announced today at the meeting with the Fisheries Committee coordinators (one MEP from each group) that the vote is now scheduled for 18 December 2012.

The new plenary vote date has not yet been announced.

The basic regulation is the cornerstone of the fisheries policy reform. The proposal deals with issues such as limits for fishing quotas and a ban on discards.

Axel Naver

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