|Author (Corporate)||European Commission|
|Series Details||COM (2016) 134|
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.
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.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry, Environment|
|Subject Tags||Common Fisheries Policy [CFP], Fisheries | Aquaculture|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|