European Commission urged to add South Korea to the blacklist.
The European Parliament's fisheries committee voted today
(23 January) to approve a new blacklist of countries improperly managing their
fisheries, proposed by the European Commission.
The proposal would set up a new rapid procedure for listing
countries not co-operating with international rules on illegal, unregulated and
unreported fishing. It would enable the Commission to add new countries to the
existing list and to publish a list of the countries involved.
Räul Romeva, spokesperson for fisheries for the Green group,
said that the Commission should use the new powers to add South Korea to the
list. “With repeated allegations of illegal fishing and related human rights
abuses, notably in West African waters, the European Commission must add South
Korea to the blacklist,” he said. “If the countries on the list do not make
swift improvements, the Commission must propose sanctions, including – but not
limited to – trade sanctions.”
The committee also voted on a long-term plan for cod stocks.
MEPs want the European Union to adopt quotas
in line with the scientific recommendations for allowing these stocks to
MEPs and green groups reacted angrily to a decision by
fisheries ministers taken yesterday (22 April) at a meeting in Luxembourg to
speed up trilogue negotiations on reform of the Common Fisheries Policy
(CFP). The time frame of talks was
shortened with a view to getting compromises agreed by the next fisheries
council on 13-14 May.
Green groups complained that shortening the time frame, while
giving no indication that the Council intends to compromise with the European
Parliament on the two most sensitive issues – the date for a discard ban and
the date by which to restore fisheries to sustainable levels – signals that
member states intend to pressure the Parliament into giving in by citing time
“The conclusions of this Agri-Fish council on EU fisheries
reform are a contradiction in terms,” said Tony Long, director of the European
policy office for campaign group WWF. “On the one hand member states agreed to
step up the pace of the negotiations to reach a good deal by the next Council
in May, but on the other hand they remain firmly rooted in their position
despite the trilogues. They have not moved closer to the position of the
European Parliament regarding the cornerstone issues.”
Trilogue talks continue next week.
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