The European Commission’s reform proposal

The proposed CFP reform package consists of the following six documents. On 13 July 2011 the European Commission adopted five of the documents, while the proposal for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund was adopted 2 December 2011.

Legislative acts

COM(2011) 425 - Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the common fisheries policy (Basic regulation)
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COM(2011) 416 – Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products (CMO / Common market organisation)
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COM(2011) 804 – Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
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Non-legislative acts

COM(2011) 417 – Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions; Reform of the common fisheries policy (Overarching communication)
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COM(2011) 424 – Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on external dimension of the common fisheries policy (External dimension)
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COM(2011) 418 – Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions; On reporting obligations under Council Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002 of 20 December 2002 on the conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources under the common fisheries policy (Reporting obligations)
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Impact assessments

Together with the CFP reform proposal, the Commission has produced a number of impact assessments, analysing the outcomes of different reform scenarios. The impact assessments can be found here.

Non-papers

The European Commission has published Q&A documents on four of the main topics in the CFP reform: discard ban, maximum sustainable yield (MSY), Regionalisation and transferable fishing concessions (TFCs) These documents are also referred to as ‘non-papers‘, i.e. they are not official legal documents but rather meant to spark discussion.

Download the Q&A papers:
> Discard ban
> Maximum sustainable yield (MSY)
> Regionalisation
> Transferable fishing concessions (TFC)
> The Social Dimension of the CFP reform

What’s next?

During 2012 and 2013 the proposals are treated by the European Parliament and the Council. See our page on how decision making works.

Please refer to the Commission’s website for more information on the proposal documents and the impact assessments.

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