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EU bans fish imports from Belize, Cambodia, and Guinea

24.03.14 @ 18:48

Belize, Cambodia, and Guinea are banned from selling fish to the EU. The blacklist, first proposed by the European Commission and then rubber stamped by the member states on Monday (24 March), is a first for the EU ...

Euro-deputies reject ban on bottom-sea trawling

10.12.13 @ 20:03

Euro-deputies on Tuesday (10 December) in Strasbourg rejected a proposal to ban bottom-sea trawling and bottom gillnetting. The proposal, tabled by the European Commission around two years ago, would have phased out a ...

AgendaBanking union tops agenda for ministers this WEEK

09.12.13 @ 09:29

Eurozone finance ministers will meet on Monday (9 December) in Brussels with progress on the latest stage of banking union topping the agenda. With Ireland and Spain exiting their programmes in the coming days and weeks ...

OpinionFragile depths

30.10.13 @ 08:58

The deep seas are among the oceans’ least suitable areas for industrial fishing. In the dark waters below 400m, species typically live for many years, grow slowly, and have limited productivity. They can sustain only ...

EU under pressure to avoid 'mackerel war'

18.10.13 @ 10:21

The European Commission is under pressure to avoid a 'mackerel war' with Iceland and the Faroe Islands, with EU ministers still undecided on whether to back a compromise proposal. Talks between EU fisheries ministers in ...

Madrid and London in new Gibraltar row

05.08.13 @ 09:18

Spain has said it is considering imposing a €50 fee on those entering and leaving Gibraltar amid an escalating row with the UK over fishing rights. Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo told ABC Sunday (4 August) ...

OpinionFaroese face illegal EU fishing sanctions

30.07.13 @ 16:26

The EU on 31 July will decide whether to adopt coercive economic measures against the Faroe Islands, over a dispute about the quota allocation of Atlanto-Scandian herring. Not only does the proposed EU action contravene ...

EU blacklist fails to name fish pirates

16.07.13 @ 20:52

The European Commission has updated its list of fishing vessels banned from selling their catches in the EU, but pro-environment critics say it is not enough. Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso on Monday (15 July) ...

'EU clock is ticking,' Iceland told

16.07.13 @ 15:30

The EU Tuesday (16 July) told Iceland it is not going to wait around forever while the island weighs up whether it is worth joining the bloc. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that the decision to ...

OpinionFisheries reform: Time to draw in the net

10.07.13 @ 09:30

Achieving healthy fish stocks globally was a key challenge flowing from Rio+20 and will be a central litmus test for realizing an inclusive Green economy. So it is good news that Europe recently reached an historic ...

EU agrees overhaul of fisheries policy

30.05.13 @ 20:26

The controversial 'discard' practice of throwing dead fish back into the sea faces an effective ban as part of an overhaul of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Under a deal struck by MEPs and member states in the ...

OpinionInching towards a fisheries deal

13.05.13 @ 07:59

As EU fish ministers meet in Brussels today and tomorrow (13-14 May) the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is on the brink of a crucial step in its reform process. This is where things stand: on 6 February, an overwhelming ...

Ministers agree 'new dawn' on EU fisheries

27.02.13 @ 09:41

The EU's controversial practice on discarding fish will come to an end in 2017 under a deal brokered by the Irish presidency. After talks that lasted into the small hours of Tuesday morning (27 February), EU fisheries ...

MEPs back end to fish discard 'madness'

07.02.13 @ 09:47

MEPs have voted in more eco-friendly rules on fish discards as part of a package to reform the EU's much-maligned common fisheries policy (CFP). The Strasbourg Parliament voted on Wednesday (6 February) by 502 to 137 in ...

AgendaEU budget talks to dominate this WEEK

01.02.13 @ 16:45

EU leaders gather in Brussels at the end of the week (4-10 February) for a second attempt to agree the bloc's budget framework for 2014-2020. At stake is how to spend the around 1 trillion euro over the seven year ...

MEPs vote to end fish discards

19.12.12 @ 09:28

As EU fishery ministers launched negotiations on annual fish quotas amid protests from activists on Tuesday (18 December), euro-deputies voted on some 3,000 amendments to help recover dwindling stocks. “The vote today ...

Study: EU-accredited ships plundering African fish

11.10.12 @ 09:27

Fish caught illegally off the coast of West Africa end up for sale in the European Union, according to a study by the UK-base charity Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). “The EU is relying too heavily on the ...

OpinionSea of subsidies

08.10.12 @ 12:34

This week, European Parliament members of the Regional Development, Employment and Environment Committees will cast their votes on the financial mechanism for European fisheries, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund ...

OpinionEU fisheries reform losing momentum

20.08.12 @ 09:41

The final stage of the 2012 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is nearing completion. After a promising start with the publication of an enlightened Green Paper in 2009, commitment to fundamental reform has ...

EU accused of hypocrisy over weak fish deal

13.06.12 @ 19:28

A leading pro-green NGO has said the EU's latest fisheries agreement should be a source of embarrassment at the Rio summit next week. EU environment commissioner Janez Potocnik, speaking of the upcoming summit on ...

OpinionEU fisheries: little learned 20 years later

11.06.12 @ 09:25

EU ministers will gather in Brussels on Tuesday (12 June) for a crucial vote on the general approach for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The developments of these last few weeks indicate that the ...

Cyprus gets set to referee EU budget talks

25.04.12 @ 17:58

The incoming Cypriot presidency is getting ready to tackle the biggest and ugliest dossier in the EU - the money - amid problems in its own backyard. "It's the big bang in the EU because everything gets put on the table ...

OpinionJoint responsiblities in mackerel fishing

16.01.12 @ 09:19

At the end of this month, a final attempt will be made to reach an agreement on the management of mackerel fishing in the Northeast-Atlantic for this year at a meeting in Bergen between the four coastal States, Iceland, ...

Morocco expels EU fishing boats

15.12.11 @ 09:30

Morocco has told all EU fishing boats to immediately get out of its waters after MEPs scotched a bilateral aid agreement in a row over Western Sahara. "No fishing activity from the European fleet will be tolerated and ...

OpinionThe fishy bail-out

02.12.11 @ 18:08

The recent financial hardship has brought to light numerous economic blunders, from easily obtained loans to financial management schemes that bear more resemblance to Russian roulette than sane policy making. Many ...

EU bans practice of chopping off shark fins

21.11.11 @ 18:15

The European Commission on Monday (21 November) announced a full ban on "shark finning" - the practice in which fishermen cut off the dorsal fin of a shark and throw it back into the water, often while it is still alive ...

FeatureEU subsidies fuel Spain’s ravenous fleet

03.10.11 @ 09:29

Published in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Decades of overfishing have left Europe’s fish stocks in peril and its fishermen in poverty. It’s an impasse paid for by EU ...

OpinionEU's new fisheries policy: throwing a lifeline to the oceans.

13.09.11 @ 13:24

Fisheries policy has never been the type of issue that lives in the spotlight. Yet we now find ourselves at a time when what is at stake with the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is nothing short of the ...

MEPs back free trade with Palestinian territories

01.09.11 @ 09:14

Eurodeputies in a key parliamentary committee have unanimously backed giving duty-free access to Palestinian goods. Voting 27-0 in the international trade committee on Wednesday, MEPs backed a pending agreement between ...

OpinionThe unwanted EU application

16.08.11 @ 09:57

For many people it is increasingly a puzzle why the Icelandic government is carrying on with its application to join the European Union. Even sources from within the EU institutions have questioned whether there is any ...

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