EU Fisheries ministers launch debate on future of Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) during Council meeting in Luxembourg on 25 April
In its Green Paper, the Commission recommends a radical overhaul of the EU fisheries regime in an attempt to deal with problems of vulnerability of valuable fish stocks as a result of overfishing.
Main elements of the Green Paper are:
- current annual national fishing quotas (Total Allowable Catches – TACs) will be replaced by a system of multi-annual and multi-species quotas
- EU-wide sanctions for fishermen breaking the rules on allowable quotas
- greater involvement of stakeholders
- initiatives to create alternative sources of employment for job losses as a result of fleet reductions.
France, Spain and Portugal criticised the lack of a social dimension in the Commission’s plans. The UK, Denmark and Germany on the other hand praised the Commission for having introduced a strong environmental dimension into the proposals.