Conservation and enforcement measures – NAFO

EESC opinion: Conservation and enforcement measures – NAFO

Key points

  • The EESC believes that the conservation and enforcement measures adopted by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) should be transposed into EU law, with a view to achieving their uniform and effective implementation within the EU.
  • However, the Committee is of the view that the proposal presented does not establish an efficient mechanism for transposing the measures adopted by NAFO and does not resolve the issue of having to update these measures each year.
  • The Committee is in favour of a more efficient, simpler mechanism  and therefore proposes drafting a regulation that contains a single article stipulating that the European Union must without fail apply NAFO measures to its fleet.
  • The EESC stresses the risks involved in introducing a system of delegated acts, granting the Commission the power to legislate without following ordinary procedures.