Actions urged to enforce EU fisheries rules

The European Commission has proposed actions to strengthen enforcement of fishing rules following ministerial agreement on a reform of the EU's common fisheries policy last December (EED 03/01/03). A communication issued yesterday sets out details of a future EU fisheries control agency and urges greater cooperation between governments to make surveillance and inspections more effective. "Patchy enforcement and poor compliance have for too long undermined" EU fisheries policies, commented commissioner Franz Fischler. See press release.

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