Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) Reform

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:

Scrutiny work update

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. 



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