MEP Gallagher achieves significant success with key amendments to the Report on the Common Organisation of the Market in fishery products

  • Key principle on how to deal with the problem of discards accepted by the Committee on Fisheries

 

  • First major report on the Common Fisheries Policy adopted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries

 

Today (20 June 2012) the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries adopted a major report on the Common Organisation of the Market in fishery and aquaculture products, which is a key component of the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

 

The report was drafted by Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson and contains the following:

 

  • The principle of minimisation and avoidance in the first instance and then the landing of discarded fish;
  • Producer organisations will be able to apply for funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund for storage aid and production and marketing plans;
  • Clear and understandable labelling on fishery products for consumers;

 

In reaction to today’s vote, Mr. Gallagher stated “I am pleased with the outcome of the report, which will act as a negotiating position for the European Parliament in the forthcoming talks on CFP reform with the Council and the Commission.”

 

“I am particularly pleased that my amendments dealing with the discarding of fish, whereby all efforts will be made in the first instance to avoid and to minimise the catching of unwanted fish will be made. This is both a common sense and sustainable approach to the problem of discards as opposed to the flawed approach proposed by the Council of Ministers.”