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Adapting EU fisheries legislation to the landing obligation [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Irina Popescu (final edition)
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The landing obligation, designed to end the practice of ‘discarding’ fish, is a central component of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy adopted in December 2013. In order to review the specific measures in current legislation which conflict with the landing obligation, the Commission has put forward an ‘omnibus proposal’ which provides a package of amendments to eight existing regulations.

The changes proposed in the omnibus regulation concern fisheries technical measures and control rules. On technical measures, the proposal removes the existing provisions which forbid landing of fish of a certain size or species, and requires that these catches are landed and counted against quotas. The proposal would also modify the current control system with respect to the application of the landing obligation.

On 28 April 2015, the Parliament adopted the legislative resolution on the omnibus proposal in first reading by 573 votes to 96, with 21 abstentions. The Council approved the legislative act on 11 May 2015.


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulations (EC) No 850/98, (EC) No 2187/2005, (EC) No 1967/2006, (EC) No 1098/2007, No 254/2002, (EC) No 2347/2002 and (EC) No 1224/2009 and repealing (EC) No 1434/98 as regards the landing obligation
Committee responsible:
Fisheries (PECH)
Alain Cadec (EPP, France)

COM(2013) 889 of 17.12.2013

procedure ref.: 2013/0436(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure

Procedure completed: Regulation (EU) 2015/812 of 20 May 2015; OJ L 133 of 29.5.2015, p. 1

Stage: Committee Vote


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