Fisheries

Statement by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Fisheries and Environment after political agreement on the Commission’s proposal on the Sustainable Management of the External Fishing Fleets

Statement by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Fisheries and Environment after political agreement on the Commission’s proposal on the Sustainable Management of the External Fishing Fleets

Statement by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Fisheries and Environment after political agreement on the Commission’s proposal on the Sustainable Management of the External Fishing Fleets

20/06/2017

"Following intensive discussions and negotiations in trilogues over the last three months, the European Parliament and the Council have today reached a political agreement on the Commission’s proposal on the Sustainable Management of the External Fishing Fleets. Today's agreement shows that the European Union is a responsible and major global actor ensuring sustainable fishing by EU fleets beyond EU waters.

This new Regulation sets strict eligibility criteria to fish outside Union waters and puts in place a comprehensive system of fishing authorisations. The new rules also tackle abusive reflagging, chartering and transhipment activities. They will significantly increase transparency by creating a public register for fishing authorisations.

The newly adopted rules will help improve international ocean governance and the fight against IUU fishing. This development is a positive signpost on the way towards the Our Ocean conference in Malta on 5-6 October, underlining, as it does, the EU's capacity to deliver."