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CFP Reform

Last updated: 17/06/2014

The framework for how fisheries are regulated in the European Union is staked out in its Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The current CFP was concluded in 2002, and a new CFP is to be decided during 2012, to be enforced in 2013.

Today, more than eight years after the previous reform, many parts of the Community fishing fleet are in economic difficulties and efficiency is generally low. The status of European fish stocks is also a cause for concern: it is estimated that about 80 per cent of stocks are over-fished and the situation has not improved greatly since the reform in 2002.

The European Commission highlights these facts as reasons for seriously examining a new approach.

  • History

    The seed of the EU Common Fisheries Policy was contained already in the Rome Treaty from 1957, but he policy we know today, consisting of four main sections dealing with resource management, markets, structural policy and external aspects, did not materialise until 1983.
    The Union is now preparing its third reform of the policy, preceded by the 1992 and 2002 reforms. Read more »
  • The Road Ahead

    More than eight years after the previous reform, the status of European fish stocks is a cause for concern: some 80 percent of stocks are overfished, many parts of the Union fishing fleet are in economic difficulties and efficiency is generally low.
    The publication of the Commission proposal for a New CFP, scheduled for July 2011, will be followed by discussions and negotiations in the European Council and the European Parliament. The new legislation will hopefully be adopted in late 2012. Read more »
  • OCEAN2012 Alliance

    In early 2009, FISH and four other organisations came together to form an alliance – OCEAN2012 – with the purpose of transforming European fisheries.
    Today it counts more than 120 organisations across Europe and abroad among its members, bringing together extensive expertise, skills and experience. Read more »