Towards a new EU fisheries Control System: How to deliver fully documented fisheries
Thursday 7 March 2019, 12:30-14:30
Room A3H1, European Parliament, Brussels
Hosted by Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP
Chair of the “Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management” Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development”
& Isabelle Thomas MEP
Chair of the “Fisheries, Aquaculture and Integrated Maritime Policy” Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development”
The European Commission’s proposal for the Revision of the fisheries control system puts forward measures to make the system more effective and efficient, and to address the identified loopholes that undermine harmonised fisheries controls across EU Member States. It is now in the hands of the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to increase the ambition of the control system to ensure a true level playing field across the EU for fishers and everyone who depends on our marine environment.
Following the exchange on the Rapporteur’s report, Ms Isabelle Thomas (S&D), in the Fisheries Committee (PECH) at the end of January 2019 and the tabling of amendments in early February, we are pleased to offer the opportunity to MEPs, representatives from Member States and industry stakeholders to have an open debate about the future EU fisheries control system ahead of the vote in March / April 2019 in the PECH Committee.
The event “How to deliver fully documented fisheries” will focus on the tracking and reporting of small scale vessels, the traceability of the fishery products, and improved data sharing and transparency. Through an introductory short film and hearing directly from small-scale fishers and industry representatives, we aim to give the voice to the sectors that will have to comply with the future control rules, as well as experts from the National authorities and the European Fisheries Control Agency.
Our event is kindly supported by a coalition of NGOs, including the Environmental Justice Foundation, Oceana, The Pew Charitable Trusts and WWF, on behalf of a wider NGOs coalition, including, ClientEarth, The Fisheries Secretariat, Our Fish and Seas At Risk.