Call for EU to ensure produce meets high standards

09 Oct 2017
Linnéa Engström

Linnéa Engström, Member of the European Parliament, and Europêche, have called for the European Commission to ensure that only fish meeting high social and environmental standards enters the EU market

The EU Commission needs to make commitments on control and imports of fish, Europêche has stated.

Europêche, alongside Linnéa Engström, Member of the European Parliament, said that the Commission needs to work out "more effective EU-wide rules to ensure that only fish meeting high social and environmental standards can enter the EU market, as well as a better implementation of the EU control regime in general."

Ms Engström and Europêche outlined the joint call for action last week at the Our Ocean conference in Malta, which aimed to inspire joint solutions and ambitious commitments in managing seas and oceans.

Legal framework

They stressed it will be of future importance to build a coherent and consistent legal framework, based on high environmental and social standards equally applicable to both fish products originating from the EU and fish products imported from third countries to the EU market, including under free trade agreements.

The EU has fulfilled its commitment from the 2015 Our Ocean conference by concluding an agreement on a new legislative framework for the sustainable management of its external fishing fleet. It is expected that this new law will enter into force in 2018.

The law sets out strict rules for issuing and managing fishing authorisations to EU vessels fishing outside Community waters and to foreign vessels operating in EU waters. All EU vessels operating under charter or under private agreements in third countries (direct authorisations) have to apply for authorisation under strict supervision.

The Commission will gather all authorisations in an electronic register and part of the register will be publically available.

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