Today, the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted to postpone by an overwhelming majority and for the second time, a report by Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fáil, Ireland) on Technical Conservation Measures. The purpose of deferring the vote is to once again highlight the difficulty the European Parliament is experiencing with the Council on the issue of Long Term Management Plans.
Pat the Cope Gallagher explained “This report was postponed already in November in order to put political pressure on the Council to move forward with the issue of Long Term Management Plans which are currently blocked. Despite several attempts last year to solve this inter-institutional deadlock nothing has changed. These Plans are vitally important in terms of protecting fisheries resources and ensuring the livelihood of communities dependent on fisheries. No progress has been made on these important plans since the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 by successive Council Presidencies.”
By continuing to refuse to acknowledge the additional powers of the European Parliament under the Lisbon Treaty, the Council risks derailing the CFP reform completely by leaving the European Parliament with no other choice but to delay the adoption of future CFP reports.
He continued “We are now calling on the Irish Presidency to deal with this issue in a pragmatic and realistic manner. Unfortunately, if the Irish Presidency is unable to map an acceptable way forward, this Parliament may have no alternative but to delay the adoption of future reports including the Basic Regulation of the Common Fisheries Policy and the Regulation on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.”