Director-General, Charlina Vitcheva made it clear at the delegation meeting that there is no appetite amongst the under nine coastal states to change anything as they benefit hugely under the current set-up of ‘relative stability’.
Previously, in September 2021, on his visit to Ireland, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius told those attending a meeting in Killybegs that there will be no review of the CFP; a meeting attended by the Minister McConalogue who hosted the Commissioner.
The IFSA Chair has taken issue with the Minister who keeps telling the industry that “he has set up a CFP review group and that when the CFP renewal comes then it will be “a chance for Ireland to get something back”.
He writes, “Now either the Minister simply doesn’t understand the facts of the situation, or he is being led down the garden path by his own advisors — but that doesn’t mean that the industry, and the more savvy members of the public in the coastal regions, are similarly going to be also led down the same path by this line of BS.
“Instead of this time-wasting exercise of trying to fool people that his Department is working hard (on something that we’ve all been clearly told will not be happening), Mr McConalogue could spend his time in a more productive manner in (a) instructing his Department to examine ways to ‘box clever’ in dealings with the EU and seek solutions in gaining small additional amounts of quota, as the recent delegation proved, that can gain benefits without entanglement in the EU red tape such as CFP, and (b) start representing the urgent needs of this industry to the Department and not the other way around.
“And, if the Minister finds himself unable to do either of the above, then should he at the very least not be asking the EU Commission the question that if they are saying that there will be no review of the CFP, then why not?
“Is it not enshrined in the EU’s own rules that such a policy has only a certain shelf life and will be reviewed every time the agreed set period expires?