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New framework for technical measures in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy

Public consultation

In January 2014 the European Commission launched a consultation on a new framework for technical measures in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.

The consultation closed on 14 May 2014.

Objective of the consultation

Development of a new technical measures framework in the context of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

The main policy objective of this initiative is to support the objectives of the reformed CFP. Technical measures are a key tool to achieve these objectives.

The new framework will also contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy by simplifying the fisheries policy, which has been criticised as being overly complex and difficult to enforce.

This overarching policy objective will be achieved through the following specific objectives:

  • Creation of a simplified regulatory framework that allows for regionalisation of technical measures.
  • Reduction and avoidance of unwanted catches through improvements to fishing gears and effective spatial and temporal measures.
  • Minimisation of the ecosystem impact of fishing gears through the mitigation of incidental bycatch of endangered, threatened or protected species and reduction of fishing pressure on sensitive habitats.

This consultation should ascertain the views of the main stakeholders on how to achieve these objectives considering both the measures themselves and the governance structure within which they operate.

More on this consultation

Consultation document pdf - 67 KB [67 KB] български (bg) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)  

Reference documents

Contact details

Responsible department
European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Directorate MARE.A "Policy development and co-ordination"

E-mail
MARE-TECHNICAL-MEASURES@ec.europa.eu

Postal address
European Commission
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
MARE A2 "Policy Development and co-ordination"
B-1049 Brussels
Belgium

Number of responses received 

59

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Contributions received

Results of consultation and next steps

The public consultation offers citizens and stakeholders the opportunity to provide input to the Commission at an early stage of policy making. The Commission services plan to make the comments accessible on this website.

In the light of the comments received and taking into account the outcome of the on-going impact assessment, the Commission will propose revised versions of the applicable rules.

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