Stevenson welcomes fish-talks result

30-May-2013 @ 10:0

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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Years of negotiation over the future of European fishing reached a successful conclusion in the early hours today.
Three-way talks between the EU Parliament, Commission and Council eventually reached final agreement on reform of the controversial Common Fisheries Policy, subject to only a few formalities.
Struan Stevenson, Conservative fisheries spokesman in the Parliament, welcomed the deal as one which finally offered British fishing a future.
The Scots MEP, who is senior vice-president of the Fisheries Committee, said: "It is fantastic news that after many years, months, weeks and finally late-night hours of dedicated work, we have arrived at a sensible compromise on the future reform of the Common Fisheries Policy which will enable us to deliver a better future for our fishermen and fishing communities.
"The final compromise thrashed out in the wee small hours has delivered a meaningful element of regionalisation, devolving day to day management of fisheries back to the member states and to the fishermen themselves and wresting control away from the micro-managers in Brussels who have done so much damage to the industry over decades."
"We have also reached a reasonable compromise on the controversial issue of discards, which will see this wasteful practice phased out over the next few years in a way that is both practical and achievable by our fleet."
"Against the background of improving fish stocks in UK waters, I believe that this agreement can now provide our fishing sector with a good future."
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