| CFP reform package to be published in July
Brussels, 4th April 2011. Commissioner Damanaki has announced that the long awaited Commission proposal for a reformed Common Fisheries Policy will be ready on the 13th of July. Parliament and Council will then decide on the contents through the ordinary legislative procedure.
While it had been initially expected that the proposal would be published by the end of 2010, several delays have pushed the publication date forward. It is now clear that a publication date in mid-summer will mean that the legislative process will not be finalised in 2012 and that a reformed CFP will only be agreed in 2013.
The Commissioner, addressing the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee, recalled that the package will consist of an overarching Communication, a new basic regulation, a new Common Market regulation, a Communication on the external dimension of our policy and a report on access to waters.
The proposal for a new financial regulation will only be published towards the end of 2011. At the meeting, Commissioner Maria Damanaki made it very clear that there will be no new funding instrument to support fuel costs, which are already exempt from fuel tax, and that the Commission will propose that no more money be spent on increasing the fishing capacity of vessels.
Maria Damanaki also announced that she has called a meeting with the Commission, Council and Parliament on the 19th of April to unblock the current deadlock experienced concerning two long term management plans, one for anchovy in the Bay of Biscay and one for herring in the West of Scotland, which have been delayed for months. The issue is the interpretation of the Lisbon Treaty which gives co-decision powers between the Parliament and Council for fisheries matters. However, certain decisions such as setting fishing opportunities for a stock have remained of the exclusive competence of the Council.
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