The Commission has published an evaluation of the implementation of the eel regulation, 12 years after its entry into force.
The European eel is a fascinating species. Born at sea, it then migrates into inland waters to eat and grow. In the course of its life, it travels many thousands of miles, and passes through a number of very different stages, marked by changes in its colour.
The European eel stock has been in critical condition for over a decade.
In 2007, the EU adopted the ‘eel regulation’ which provided a framework for the recovery of the stock in the long-term. In an effort to protect the stock and ensure its sustainable use, EU countries established eel management plans (EMPs) for the river basins with significant eel habitats. The plans provided various measures to:
The European Commission has carried out an evaluation of the implementation of the eel regulation and found that:
Staff working document (in English)
Executive summary (in English, French, German)
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