Fabian Demicoli

Fisheries Reform

 The Common Fisheries' Policy was under scrutiny on Tuesday, 10th February 2009 at a public hearing in Parliament about its future shape.Commissioner Dr. Borg said, "A new policy must be effective, simple and easy to administer" and have a "regional dimension." "We need a common policy where all European fisheries are based on the same principles of ecological, economical and social sustainability. Only then can we be sure that fisher's throughout the EU, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean operate on a level playing field. But at the same time, we have to acknowledge that our seas and fisheries are so rich because they are so diverse."

Some MEP'S were even concerned about the input if Iceland joins the EU and if they would ask for an opt out of the fisheries policy, However, Commissioner Dr. Borg said that since fisheries is a ‘common' EU policy, it would not be able to opt out.

The hearing was aimed at drawing opinions on reforming fisheries policy. Eventually the Parliament and Council of Ministers will ultimately vote on the future shape of any fisheries policy.

Source: MEUSAC Agriculture and Fisheries Committee

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