Dec 01, 2016 at 01:01

Europeche position on the proposal for a Regulation on the sustainable management of external fishing fleets

The European Commission (EC) has proposed a new Regulation on Fishing Authorisation Rights (FAR) as part of the REFIT programme. While the purpose of this proposal is to align the text with the Lisbon Treaty as well as the Control and IUU Regulations; it also aims to modernise, harmonise and simplify the current system. In this sense, the responsibilities of the EU, Member States (MS) and operators will be properly defined avoiding duplication of effort and resources. The proposal has also extended the scope of applicability in order to guarantee a comprehensive legal framework regulating the EU's long distance fleet activities. In view of the general approach agreed by the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 28th June 2016 and the Draft Report from the European Parliament dated 1st August 2016, Europêche is pleased to provide hereafter some comments and amendments to improve the content of the EC proposal.

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