Fisheries reform vote: proposal still falls short of the mark
"This is far from the type of fisheries reform that is needed for a sector facing such serious difficulties."
GUE/NGL MEP João Ferreira has described the outcome of a major European Parliament committee vote on Commission proposals for reforming the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) as "insufficient".
Commenting on today's vote, he said: "While the rejection of the introduction of private property rights to access fisheries resources, which would lead an effective privatisation of the sea, is a very important step, it is far from the type of fisheries reform that is needed for a sector facing such serious difficulties.
"I'm disappointed that amendments which advocated for greater decentralisation of the CFP and sought to introduce special conservation measures were rejected."
The vote comes on the same day as Fisheries Ministers meet in Council to take part in annual negotiations on how much fish can be caught over the coming year.
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