Proposal for a Regulation amending amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009, and amending Council Regulations (EC) No 768/2005, (EC) No 1967/2006, (EC) No 1005/2008, and Regulation (EU) No 2016/1139 as regards fisheries control

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Series Details COM (2018) 368
Publication Date 30/05/2018
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 30 May 2018, introducing a number of amendments aimed at improving, modernising and simplifying the way fishing rules are monitored and complied with in the European Union (EU).

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Council Regulation (EC) No 1124/2009 - also known as Control Regulation - establishes a system for the control, inspection and enforcement by national authorities of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). This proposal is aimed primarily at amending those rules. It also introduces amendments to Council Regulation No 768/2005, Council Regulation No 1967/2006, Council Regulation No 1005/2008 and Regulation (EU) No 2016/1139.

The existing Regulation was seen as an important step in ensuring compliance by EU Member states with the commonly agreed CFP rules. However, it was adopted before the latest CFP reform. A REFIT evaluation, a special report of the European Court of Auditors and a Resolution by the European Parliament all pointed out to deficiencies which needed to be addressed. This initiative aims to bridge the gaps with the CFP and with other EU policies, to simplify the legislative framework and reduce unnecessary administrative burden, to improve availability, reliability and completeness of fisheries data and information, and to remove obstacles that hinder the development of a culture of compliance and the equitable treatment of operators within and across Member States.

It was adopted by the European Commission on 30 May 2018. The relevant committee of the European Parliament adopted a report comprising a preliminary position on 5 February 2021.

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Commentary and Analysis
WWF: News, 30/05/2018: Lack of public debate jeopardises new rules to control fishing activities and seafood traceability in EU
Oceana: Press Release, 30/05/2018: EU proposal does not ensure ambitious control system to tackle illegal fishing
ClientEarth: News, 30/05/2018: Enforcement must be part of new EU proposal to target illegal fishing
EPRS: Briefing, October 2018: Revision of the Fisheries Control System - Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
Joint NGO priorities on the revision of the EU Fisheries Control System (November 2019 - via Our Fish)
Euronews: Opinion, 22/04/2020: Closing holes in the net: How the EU needs to remove secrecy from European fishing
CFFA: News, 20/01/2021: Control regulation: More transparency needed to oversee EU external fishing fleets
EPRS: Briefing, March 2021: Revising the fisheries control system

EurActiv, 04/06/2018: Brussels calls for closer monitoring of fishing rules… on paper
SeafoodSource, 14/09/2020: Move to increase EU’s seafood supply-chain transparency welcomed by environmental groups

EUR-LEX: SWD(2018)279: Staff Working Document accompanying this Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Fisheries control (2018/0193(COD))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Revision of the Fisheries Control System
European Commission: The EU's fisheries control system
European Commission: Press Release, 30/05/2018: Commission proposes new rules to step up enforcement
European Commission: DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries: Questions and answers – revision of the EU fisheries control system (30 May 2018)

EUR-LEX: SWD(2018)280: Staff Working Document accompanying this Proposal - Impact Assessment accompanying the document
European Anglers Alliance: News, 14/02/2020: The revision of the fisheries control system ongoing in Brussels

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