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SW MEP welcomes ‘historic deal’ reached on reformed EU Common Fisheries Policy

Tuesday, 10 December 2013
South West Conservative MEP Julie Girling has welcomed the ‘historic deal’ to reform the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which today has been agreed by the EU Parliament and will become law on 1 January 2014.

The final deal follows more than three years of difficult negotiations, in which the UK took the lead to secure significant reform of the fundamentally flawed current CFP.

The reforms include:

  • A ban on the wasteful practice of discarding edible fish
  • A legally binding commitment to fishing at sustainable levels
  • Decentralised decision making, allowing Member States to locally agree the measures appropriate to their fisheries

Mrs Girling, who sits on the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee, said; "The vote today is hugely significant for the future of our seas and for the livelihoods of our fishermen. For too long the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has adopted a one size fits all approach and, when the reformed law comes into force on Jan 1st 2014, this will change for good.

Over the last four years I have spoken with fishermen from across the South West and one of their key concerns was ineffective micro management from Brussels. I have taken this message back and can proudly say that centralised control is out and regional control is in. The new laws will also allow member states to work together regionally to implement measures appropriate to their shared fisheries,she said.

MEPs in the European Parliament have been instrumental in making these changes happen. It is thanks to the Parliament that strong targets on maximum sustainable yield and the discard ban were maintained, as the Council had sought to water these down. Today is a proud day."


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