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The President of EAPO says his organisation is disappointed with the European Commission on not considering to reform the CFP

The President of the European Association Fish Producers Organisations (EAPO) Esben Sverdrup-Jensen has said that his association is disappointed with the European Commission’s stance on reforming the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Writing in the EAPOs annual review, he said that after a series of years dominated by global challenges, 2023 was “in some ways a more stable year”. But he did warn that the after-effects of Brexit still haunts international relations and continues to hollow out fishing opportunities. He also expressed disappointment with the Commission over the revision on the Control Regulation. He said:

He says, “Early in the year unambitious communications from the European Commission orientated towards preparing the future of fisheries were published and after more than five years of debacle the trialogues on the revision of the Control Regulation came to an end. To our disappointment the end result lies from from the promised simplifications, that had created a bit of hope with fishermen struggling in a jungle of paperwork and contradictory legislation.”

On the reform of the CFP, the EAPO President was also highly critical of the Commission. He writes:

“The European commission’s communications were disappointing: no form of the Common Fisheries Policy, new concrete actions on how to encourage the energy transition and a shy attempt to ban bottom contacting gears in Marine Protected Areas by 2023.”

The EAPO President said that Producer Organisations (Pos) are set to play a more important role in the EU as the future develops. He says:

“In the report of the Common Market Organisation, the key role of POs have had in successfully implementing the Common Fisheries Policy is highlighted. I expect that the role of the POs will be even more important in the future, both in Europe and at the national and local levels. As technologies, politics and environment rapidly change, the unique position of the POs acting as the linkage between legislators and those who catch the fish will need further strengthening.”

On the issues of the spatial squeeze on the EU’s fishing sector. Sverdrup-Jensen writes:

“Fishers from across the EU are heavily impacted by the increase of pressure on maritime space: the increase in Renewable Energy plans, the 30X30 agreement and the recently discussed Nature Restoration law. As such, EAPO has taken the stance, asking for coherence between these objectives to give fishers visibility on the remaining, accessible fishing areas. Protecting the rights of fishers, including the access to fishing grounds remains a priority for EAPO.”

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