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In July 2011, the European Commission published proposals to reform the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. The Committee has been engaged with the reform process since 2008, when it published a report assessing the previous reform and making recommendations for the future, several of which were reflected in the Commission’s legislative proposals.
The Committee has set out its views following evidence sessions on Common Fisheries Policy reform in letters to the Government and Commission on 29 July 2013. The transcripts from the evidence session and letters are available below:
Since publication of the proposals, the Committee has been scrutinising the Government position. It has conducted its scrutiny through: an informal meeting with stakeholders; correspondence with the Government and EU institutions; and meetings with the Government, Commission and other National Parliaments.
The UK Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon MP, appeared before the Committee on 5 June 2013. At this evidence session, Members questioned the Minister on the May Fisheries Council, the implementation and enforcement of a discards ban and whether any lessons could be learnt from the Norwegian approach.
The Committee pursued similar issues, particularly the implementation of the discard ban, with the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations and Seafish on 10 July and with two scientists, Professor Chris Frid and Professor Jesper Raakjær, on 17 July.
The House of Lords EU Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Enviroment and Energy has written to Environment Minister Richard Benyon and the European Commission to warn
Lords Sub-Committee questions academics on the fish discards ban
Lords Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy EU Sub-Committee will take evidence from the NFFO and Seafish on Wednesday 10 July
EU Sub-Committee D takes evidence from Defra Minister at 11am
The Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon, will be quizzed by the Lords EU Fisheries Sub-Committee on Thursday 12 July
Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Fisheries, John Robbs, Director, Marine and Fisheries and Andrew Clayton, Head of CFP Reform Policy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)