The Commission aims to have its proposals for a new Common Fisheries Policy
(CFP) ready for scrutiny on Wednesday 13th July
, Maria Damanaki
, the European Commissioner for Fisheries told the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee
in a special session in Strasbourg last night.
Convened to discuss the Commission’s political and legislative priorities for 2012, Ms Damanaki said the CFP reform package will go to inter-service consultation within the Commission next week, with the intention to have it ready for a decision when the college meets in mid-July.
Only then will the proposal go to the Council and the Parliament for its first reading, with MEPs set to receive the proposals just days
before the Parliament’s rises for its summer recess.
Of particular interest will be how Ms Damanaki’s intends to radically reform the EU’s policy on fish discards which she recently described as a ‘nightmare’ and has been dubbed by campaigners as ‘no longer fit for purpose’