Here is a quick update on what is going on in the reform of the common fisheries policy right now.
Negotiations between the European Parliament and Council – so-called trilogues – start 19 March. A series of meetings are set up between now and mid-May. See our new trilogue page for calendar and more information.
A 3-column document compares the Commission’s proposal and the Parliament’s and Council’s positions. Update: A working document that revealed the Irish presidency’s first proposals for compromises was inadvertently published by the European Parliament 13 March, but was removed 18 March.
Common Market Organisation (CMO)
The first trilogue took place 27 February and the second is scheduled for 27 March. The difficult issues to solve include labelling and storage aid. Also for the CMO there is a 3-column document comparing the Commission, Parliament and Council positions.
European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
MEPs from the political groups (the shadow rapporteurs) are now meeting regularly to negotiate compromise amendments ahead of the committee vote. The committee vote has been moved to 29 May, and the aim is to have compromise amendments ready by 24 April.
Fisheries Committee this week
The fisheries committee in the European Parliament meets 20–21 March. The committee is scheduled to vote on the Mauritius, Mauritania & Madagascar Fisheries Partnership Agreements, as well as reports on the conservation of cod stocks. Agenda and more information available here.