Proposal for a Regulation on the conservation of fishery resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures

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Series Details COM (2016) 134
Publication Date 11/03/2016
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Summary:

Legislative initiative - published by the European Commission in March 2016 - which restructures the framework for fisheries technical measures, and also amends and repeals a set of other Regulations.

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Technical measures are rules governing how and where fishermen may fish. They aim to control the catch that can be taken with a given amount of fishing effort and also to minimise the impacts of fishing on the ecosystem. They form an integral part of the regulatory framework of most fisheries management systems including within Union waters.

European fisheries legislation was populated with numerous regulations, amendments, implementing rules and temporary technical measures throughout the years, aimed at closing gaps and resolving emerging problems. The regulatory structure became highly complex and somewhat disjointed. A retrospective evaluation carried out to support this proposal showed the existing technical measures did not largely deliver on the laid out objectives.

Despite the general consensus among Member States that the existing technical measures were sub-optimal, there was no political agreement for a new package of measures and previous legislative proposals from the European Commission (2002 and 2008) failed to be adopted. These repeated failures highlighted the need for a fresh approach.

This proposal lays down technical measures concerning the taking and landing of fisheries resources, as well as the operation of fishing gears and the interaction of fishing activities with marine ecosystems. It aims at optimising the contribution of technical measures to achieving the key objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), in order to make them more flexible by facilitating regionalised approaches and to simplify the existing rules. The draft law principally changes the governance structure of technical measures rather than making wholesale changes to the measures themselves.

The proposed Regulation amends Council Regulations (EC) No 1967/2006, (EC) No 1098/2007, (EC) No 1224/2009 and Regulations (EU) No 1343/2011 and (EU) No 1380/2013, and repeals Council Regulations (EC) No 894/97, (EC) No 850/98, (EC) No 2549/2000, (EC) No 254/2002, (EC) No 812/2004 and (EC) No 2187/2005. It was published by the European Commission on 11 March 2016. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 11 May 2017, and the European Parliament adopted its negotiating position on 16 January 2018. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text was reached on 13 February 2019, following a lengthy period of trilogue negotiations. The Parliament formally endorsed it on 16 April, followed by the Council on 13 June.

Source Link http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/HIS/?uri=COM:2016:134:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
EPRS: Briefing, June 2016: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2016/581390/EPRS_BRI(2016)581390_EN.pdf
European Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, No.71, June 2016: Less is more http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/maritimeaffairs_fisheries/magazine/en/policy/less-more
EPRS: At a Glance, January 2018: New framework for fisheries technical measures http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2018)614649
EPRS: EU Legislation in Progress: Overhauling fisheries technical measures https://epthinktank.eu/2017/02/21/overhauling-fisheries-technical-measures-eu-legislation-in-progress/
EPRS: Briefing, April 2019: Overhauling fisheries technical measures http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2019)637926

News
Euronews, 16/01/2018: EU Parliament votes to ban electric pulse fishing http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/16/eu-parliament-votes-to-ban-electric-pulse-fishing
Dutchnews.nl, 16/01/2018: Dutch trawlers may face pulse fishing ban as EU parliament says no http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2018/01/dutch-trawlers-may-face-pulse-fishing-ban-as-eu-parliament-says-no/
France24, 16/01/2018: Defying Brussels, EU parliament calls for ban on electric pulse fishing http://www.france24.com/en/20180116-eu-fishing-electric-pulse-parliament-ban
The Guardian, 17/01/2018: European parliament votes to end electric pulse fishing https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/16/european-parliament-votes-to-end-electric-pulse-fishing
EurActiv, 14/02/2019: EU approves ban on electric pulse fishing from 2021 https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/eu-approves-ban-on-electric-pulse-fishing-from-2021/

Official
EUR-Lex: SWD(2016)56: Executive summary of the impact assessment http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=SWD:2016:056:FIN
EUR-Lex: SWD(2016)57: Impact assessment http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=SWD:2016:057:FIN
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on conservation of fishery resources and protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2016/0074(COD)
EP: Legislative Train: Fisheries technical measures http://www.europarl.europa.eu/legislative-train/theme-fisheries/file-fisheries-technical-measures
European Commission: Fisheries: Technical measures https://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/fishing_rules/technical_measures
European Commission: Press Release, 11/03/2016: Commission decentralises and simplifies technical conservation measures http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-721_en.htm
European Commission: Fact Sheet, 11/03/2016: Questions and answers: Commission decentralises and simplifies technical conservation measures in fisheries http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-16-722_en.htm
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 11/05/2017: Conservation of fisheries through technical measures: deal on Council negotiating position http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/05/11-conservation-fisheries-technical-measures/
European Parliament: Press Release, 16/01/2018: New fisheries rules: add a ban on electric pulse fishing, say MEPs http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20180112IPR91630/
European Commission: Press Release, 13/02/2019: Fisheries: Commission welcomes provisional political agreement on new technical conservation measures http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-1150_en.htm
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 22/02/2019: Technical measures in fisheries: Council confirms deal with the EP https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/02/22/technical-measures-in-fisheries-council-confirms-provisional-deal-with-the-ep/
European Commission: Fisheries: Press, 16/04/2019: Fisheries: Commission welcomes adoption of new technical conservation measures https://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/press/fisheries-commission-welcomes-adoption-new-technical-conservation-measures
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 13/06/2019: Final greenlight on new technical and conservation measures in fisheries https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/06/13/final-greenlight-on-new-technical-and-conservation-measures-in-fisheries/

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