Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2021

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Series Details COM (2020) 248
Publication Date 16/06/2020
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Communication published by the European Commission on 16 June 2020, which reports on progress in the management of fishing stocks across the European Union (EU) in the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and sets out orientations for the fishing opportunities in 2021.

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This Communication gives an overview of the progress made in achieving sustainable fishing by EU fleets and reviews the socio-economic performance of the EU fleet, the balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities, and the implementation of the landing obligation. It also includes the main orientations that are to shape forthcoming proposals on fishing opportunities for 2021. The Document should be read in conjunction with information provided in the accompanying staff working document.

The European Commission launched a public consultation for feedback from Member States, stakeholders and the public on the policy orientations by 31 August 2020.

The Council of the European Union held a discussion on this Communication during a meeting on 29 June 2020, based on a background note prepared by the Council Presidency.

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EUR-LEX: SWD(2020)112: Staff Working Document accompanying the Communication
European Commission: Public Consultation on Fishing opportunities for 2021 under the common fisheries policy
European Commission: Press Release, 17/06/2020: Sustainable fisheries: Commission takes stock of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy and launches consultation on the fishing opportunities for 2021
European Commission: Questions and Answers on the Commission's evaluation of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy and Fishing Opportunities for 2021 (17 June 2020)
Council of the European Union: Presidency Background Note on the Commission Communication on sustainable fishing (29 June 2020)

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