The public debate and consultation on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) launched by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG Mare) is over.
In parallel, the Commission has been organizing specific consultations on issues arising in the reform process (organized as part of the regular consultations with stakeholders through the Advisory Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (ACFA), or through specific consultations and workshops), such as Rights Based Management and Small-scale Fisheries. For more information on these consultations, see the "Events" page.
Building on these consultations, the Commission has carried out a broader assessment of the impact of the reform (finalized in July 2010), in line with the Commission's methodology for impact assessments. The Commission has developed different scenarios for the future policy to evaluate the outcomes of different choices, with a focus on the environmental, the economic and the social aspects. This impact analysis has been used in preparation of the legal proposals "package" for the reformed policy, launched in July 2011.
Although the official consultation is over, it’s important for the stakeholders in the small-scale artisanal fishing sector, the men and women workers, entrepreneurs and organizational representatives, to keep a close watch on events over the next few months, and to ensure that they and/or their representatives engage in the reform process.
It’s also important for them to form alliances with their counterparts in other parts of Europe, and to lobby their representatives in the European Parliament. Law makers in the national and European parliaments will be reviewing the Commission’s reform proposals and responding. Particularly important in this regard is the Hearing on Small Scale Fisheries and the CFP Reform being convened in the European Parliament on 11 October 2011.
Over this phase of the reform process, ICSF plans to facilitate the participation of small-scale fisheries representatives. This will build on the consensus achieved at the Brussels Workshop and take forward the issues raised in the Brussels Declaration. This will also build on the momentum of the La Coruña Declaration, which was developed by fishing, environment and development organizations in order to draw the attention of EU decision-makers to the challenges and opportunities of sustainable coastal and artisanal fishing.