Fisheries Committee meeting 3-4 December 2014

The Fisheries Committee will meet on
Wednesday 3 December 2014, 15.00 – 18.30 &
Thursday 4 December 2014, 9.00 – 12.30 and 15.00 – 18.30
in room PHS 4B001, European Parliament, Brussels.

Agenda & meeting documents available here.

Watch the committee meeting live on the Committee website.

Highlights on the agenda:

Votes (Wednesday from 15:00)

– Common Fisheries Policy: Landing obligation (discard ban implementation)

Alignment of a number of existing regulations which are in contradiction to the new Common Fisheries Policy’s basic regulation with regards to the new discard ban (central element of the new CFP).

– EU- São Tomé and Príncipe Fisheries Partnership Agreement

Vote on the new protocol to the EU-São Tomé and Príncipe FPA: Under the agreement, fishing vessels from Spain, France and Portugal are allowed to fish tuna in the waters of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe in return for an EU payment of €2.805 million for four years, of which an annual amount of €325,000 is allocated to support the fishing sector of São Tomé and Príncipe.

– Provisions for fishing in the GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean) Agreement area

The area covered by the GFCM agreement comprises the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and connecting waters. The Commission proposal aims to amend EU Law to include measures adopted by the GFCM in 2011 and 2012 for the sustainable exploitation of red coral and other recommendations.

Other

– Multiannual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks: Exchange of views with the Commission

– Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Senegal: Consideration of draft report

– European Fisheries Control Agency: Exchange of views with Pascal Savouret, Director of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) & Exchange of views with the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) on the discharge 2013

– Hearing on the Fisheries in the outermost regions
The current economic and social crisis has some serious effects on the outermost regions of the EU, particularly in terms of competitiveness and employment. Urgent and appropriate actions should be taken in the next funding period and EMFF programming in order to meet the needs of economic growth and cope with the unemployment problem. On 4 December 2014 the Fisheries Committee will listen to various presentations from scientific experts in the field in order to address these issues.

Download the programme here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/pech/events.html#menuzone

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