Reform of the common fisheries policy
A new Common Fisheries Policy from 1 January 2014
A new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has been agreed by Council and Parliament and is effective from 1 January 2014. The new CFP seeks to bring fish stocks back to sustainable levels, put an end to wasteful fishing practices, and create new opportunities for jobs and growth in coastal areas. To achieve this it focuses on banning discards, empowering the sector and decentralising decision making, prioritising aquaculture, supporting small scale fisheries, improving the scientific knowledge on the state of stocks, and taking responsibility in foreign waters through the EU's international agreements.
The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund is the funding instrument that will support the implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and help boost Europe's Blue Economy. On January 25, political agreement was reached between the European Parliament and the Council on the 2014-2020 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The agreement is a crucial step towards the EMFF coming into force later this year once the European Parliament adopts the texts in April 2014.
The EMFF will support the rebuilding of fish stocks, reduce the impact of fisheries on the marine environment, and the progressive elimination of wasteful discarding practices. Support will given to small-scale fisheries, young fishermen and local fisheries. It will boost innovation, help communities to diversify their economies, finance projects that create new jobs and improve quality of life along European coasts. The fund will also support European Aquaculture so that it can fully develop its potential.Key stages of the reform
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Commissioner Damanaki welcomes EMFF agreement
The European Commission has today welcomed the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council on the 2014-2020 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Read more
Commissioner Damanaki to launch new campaign to promote sustainable fishing
On Monday 27 January, Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will launch the European Commission's 'Inseparable' campaign to promote sustainable fishing across Europe at an event in Hamburg's International Maritime Museum, co-hosted by the city's mayor, Olaf Scholz. The event builds on the momentum of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy which came into force in January 2014. Read more
Reform in Europe is possible! – The Lesson of EU fisheries
Speech by Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, at the Pan-European Conference for EU reform, London, UK Read more