In its adoption of an overarching communication on the CFP reform, the Parliament’s Fisheries Committee has encouragingly supported the objective of keeping EU fish stocks above levels that are capable of producing MSY, again signalling the Parliament’s intent to achieve a more sustainable CFP.

In its adoption of an overarching communication on the CFP reform, the Parliament’s Fisheries Committee has encouragingly supported the objective of keeping EU fish stocks above levels that are capable of producing MSY, again signalling the Parliament’s intent to achieve a more sustainable CFP.

The Parliament's Fisheries Committee approach is more ambitious than the Council's proposal that wants stock levels to be kept at least to levels that can produce MSY.

The report by MEP Nikolaos Salavrakos that was adopted today (July 11) also calls for a clear timetable for the MSY objective in the basic regulation; the need to resolve the impasse between the Council and the Parliament with respect to decision powers of the two institutions on long-term management plans, and calls for sanctions against member states that “do not fulfil their data collection and transmission obligation”.

Less sustainably, the communication includes amendments that call for funding through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to go towards the renewal and modernisation of fishing fleets – a measure that would potentially enable maintenance or even an increase of current overcapacity.

On a positive note in relation to the EMFF, the report does encourage the use of such funds to go towards scientific research and data collection – areas where improved financing is much needed.

Despite being a non-legislative act, the overarching communication can set the course for the legislative acts to be voted next in the PECH committee, the basic regulation and the EMFF.

Earlier this year, members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted to significantly strengthen the Commission’s proposal for the basic regulation of the new Common Fisheries Policy. For more information, see the link on the right hand side of this page.

The overarching communication is scheduled to be voted in plenary in September, according to the current schedule.

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