EP vote on the reform of the common fisheries policy: extracts from the vote and statement by Ulrike RODUST (S&D), rapporteur
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 18/12/2012 First transmission: 18/12/2012
EP Members of the Committee on Fisheries voted on the draft report by Ulrike Rodust (S&D, DE) to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) Basic Regulation, the cornerstone of the CFP reform package. The 3000 amendments submitted highlight the huge political importance attached to the CFP reform process. Following this voting session, the final vote in the EP plenary could take place in March 2013.
The Green Paper on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy concluded that despite progress since the 2002 reform, the objectives to achieve sustainable fisheries in all its dimensions (environmental, economic and social) have not been met. The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers supported this conclusion.
The proposal for the new CFP ‘basic Regulation’ foresees to aim at maximum sustainable yield by 2015. It would ban the discarding of catch back into the sea, and introduce transferable fishing concessions in the management of large, and possibly also of small-scale fisheries.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament
||Extracts from the vote at the EP on the reform of the common fisheries policy with Ulrike RODUST (S&D), rapporteur (29 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (German) Ulrike RODUST (S&D), rapporteur: I believe we are offering a great Christmas gift to fish and fishermen. By 2015, we will end overfishing, there will be no possible way back. We will make sure the external dimension of the fisheries policy is actually implemented, with no possibility to overfish in the waters of developing countries. Thus we are breaking the rules about the way to give money out. I think this proposal we voted on today is very good.
||SOUNDBITE (German) Ulrike RODUST: The most important point of this reform is that we will not let fishermen overfish when the fish do not breed enough. We need to have a decent number of fish. Every year we have exceeded quotas and broken many fish stocks. We will not go back on this issue. Last year 1.8 million tons of fish were discarded at sea, which is immoral and unethical. Fishermen have done it because the laws allowed them to do so. This is now over.
||Ulrike Rodust leaving the room