Conservation and control measures applicable in the Regulatory Area of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation

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Key points

The EESC considers it necessary to transpose into EU law the conservation and enforcement measures adopted by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO), with the aim of achieving their effective, uniform implementation within the EU.

However, bearing in mind the fact that NAFO amends its conservation and enforcement measures every year, the Committee is of the view that the proposal presented does not provide an efficient mechanism for transposing measures adopted by NAFO or for updating them each year.

The Committee is in favour of a more efficient, simpler mechanism and therefore proposes drafting a regulation containing a single article establishing that the European Union must necessarily apply NAFO measures to its fleet.