Internal Commission documents on CFP reform made public – after more than two years

A set of documents that were recently released shows what went on in the European Commission before they presented their proposal on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in 2011.

In 2011 political scientist Ronny Patz requested five documents from the European Commission. Only now, after 26 months, the Commission has released four of these documents:

– Interservice Consultation draft of the Commission proposal for a new Basic Regulation of the Common Fisheries Policy;
– Post-Interservice Consultation draft of the Commission proposal for a new Basic Regulation of the Common Fisheries Policy;
– DG Environment position (plus annex) in the interservice consultation;
– DG Consumer & Health position in the interservice consultation;

Ronny Patz writes on his blog:

“It’s quite ironic that the Ombudsman took almost two years, until after I finished my PhD thesis to close my case and that I got those documents only short before the new Basic Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy will enter into force. […] I hope they will be [of use] at least for those who do research on EU fisheries policy in the future.”

Read the blog post and find the documents:
The EU Common Fisheries Policy reform: Getting my documents at last!

Axel Naver

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