The EU Commission adopts a €1.12 billion from the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund 2021-2027 programme for Spain Spanish MEP Gabriel Mato says Fisheries must gain its position as a strategic sector in producing healthy and high-quality food

Spanish MEP Gabriel Mato says Fisheries must gain its position as a strategic sector in producing healthy and high-quality food. Photo: Cepesca

Implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy and future perspectives. 

EPP Group Fisheries Committee coordinator, Mr Gabriel Mato, in the debate on the presentation of his draft report on “The state of play in the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy and future perspectives” that took place yesterday, Yesterday 24 January, in the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament.

In his presentation, the Spanish MEP said: 

“The future Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) needs a paradigm shift from rigid and unrealistic targets to pragmatic and achievable objectives. The objectives of the current CFP are too focused on environmental considerations. It is equally vital to ensure food security, much needed especially now in times of geopolitical crisis, and a positive social and economic return for fishermen and coastal communities. Therefore, the CFP reform must aim to achieve a rebalancing of its objectives by strengthening the socio-economic and food security dimensions. 

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“Fisheries must gain its position as a strategic sector in producing healthy and high-quality food.

“We must promote the CFP as a policy model for ocean governance and defend the interests of the EU fisheries sector in international fora. It is vital to maintain the EU operators’ competitiveness, by guaranteeing a level-playing field for all operators at global level. Imported seafood products must be subject to high environmental and social standards, similar to those applied in the Union. 

“We need to develop specific measures for fisheries and aquaculture for the outermost regions and give them the possibility to renew their artisanal fleets.

“I hope that this report will set solid foundations for an ambitious and fair reform, where fishermen, aquaculture producers and all related industries will be in the centre of the policy.”

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Mato calls for fisheries to gain position as strategic sector

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