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Transposing international measures for Atlantic tuna fisheries into EU law [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Jean Weissenberger (1st edition),

Transposing international measures for Atlantic tuna fisheries into EU law

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On 17 June 2016, the European Commission tabled a proposal for a regulation to cover the conservation of tuna and tuna-like species as well as the management and control of fisheries targeting these stocks in the Atlantic Ocean (including adjacent seas such as the Mediterranean). This proposal aims to transpose into European Union (EU) law a number of binding recommendations adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), some dating back to 2008. As a contracting party to this regional fisheries management organisation, the European Union prepares and participates in the adoption of these recommendations. To become applicable, notably to operators such as the masters of fishing vessels, these measures must be enacted in EU law. The European Commission is also proposing that future ICCAT recommendations for some fisheries management measures should become part of EU law through delegated acts. The European Parliament has begun examining this legislative proposal, which is not accompanied by any impact assessment and was not the subject of a public consultation, owing to its background and purpose.



Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down management, conservation and control measures applicable in the Convention Area of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1936/2001, (EC) No 1984/2003 and (EC) No 520/2007)
Committee responsible:
Rapporteur:Shadow rapporteurs:
Fisheries (PECH)

Gabiel Mato Adrover (EPP, Spain)

Isabelle Thomas (S&D, France)

Ruža Tomašić (ECR, Croatia)

Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE, Spain)

João Ferreira (GUE/NGL, Portugal)

Linnéa Engström (Greens/EFA, Sweden)

COM(2016) 401
of 17.6.20162016/0187(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Presentation of draft report to the PECH Committee: 27-28 February 2017

Stage: EESC

ICCAT convention area

ICCAT convention area

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