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The EPP Group has called for a reform of the Common Fisheries Policy to ensure Europe’s fisheries are fit for the future. Photo: European Union

The EPP Group wants the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to be reformed and adapted to address current challenges such as decarbonisation and generational renewal.

Today, the European Parliament will vote on a report on the future of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The text highlights the necessity to reach a re-equilibration between the different objectives of the CFP by strengthening the CFP’s socio-economic and food security dimensions and ensuring that European fishermen remain internationally competitive.

“The Fisheries and aquaculture sectors have a strategic role in ensuring food security, the European Green Deal and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet, the current CFP does not give sufficient consideration to the socio-economic and food supply aspects,” says the EPP Group MEP Gabriel Mato, who drafted the Parliament’s report. 

The report calls for an assessment and reform of the CFP where needed to adapt to the new challenges. “The fishing sector and the whole seafood value chain have gone through several unprecedented challenges since the adoption of the CFP in 2013, including Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the energy crisis. The current CFP does not provide sufficient tools to ensure the resilience and competitiveness of the sectors and, therefore, needs to be reformed to adapt to the new challenges”, states Mato.

The text also stresses the importance for the CFP of incorporating regional traditions while collaborating closely with stakeholders such as guilds and cofradias, and calls on the next European Commission to have a Commissioner dedicated exclusively to fisheries.

Ahead of the debate and vote today in the European Parliament plenary on the report EU Action Plan: protecting and restoring marine ecosystems for sustainable and resilient fisheries, Niclas Herbst, (EPP Group) stated:

“The Commission Action Plan lacks balance between the protection of biodiversity and the fishing industry. Stakeholders were not consulted and it was just a too restrictive and simplistic approach. It called for bluntly ban bottom trawling in one third of the EU oceans without any prior impact assessment or solid scientific basics. This is not good legislation as it is not balanced, nor proportionate to the objective of achieving sustainable and viable fisheries. It also lacks of clear legal effects, as the Commission is imposing measures and obligations to Member States “from the back door” and not through the “ordinary” procedure.

“In addition, this Action Plan comes at a time when the fishing sector, key to EU food security and strategic autonomy, is burdened by the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the rise and unpredictability of oil prices, and Brexit.”

“We send a signal to our regions and coasts: We recognize the importance of fisheries for the EU! We take fishermen seriously, and we value their experiences!”

The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 179 Members from all EU Member States.


Source: Press Release

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