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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 14 Jun 2000

Vol. 521 No. 2

Written Answers. - Common Fisheries Policy.

P. J. Sheehan


64 Mr. Sheehan asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the progress he has made as regards seeking fundamental changes to the Common Fisheries Policy appertaining to Ireland. [16375/00]

The 2002 review of the Common Fisheries Policy is an opportunity to deliver much needed reform and overhaul to reflect the radically changing context in which the CFP must operate. Since the last review in 1992, there have been fundamental global changes in markets, fisheries management regimes and in technology which in my view need to be reflected in the CFP.

I have personally stressed this view to Commissioner Fischler and I have also briefed him on the work being undertaken by the national CFP Strategy Review Group. The interim reports prepared by the group have been presented to the Commission and when the overall report is submitted to me, I will also present it to the Commission. In this way I intend that the Commission will be fully aware of the analysis of the CFP group as part of our strategy to influence the debate at an early stage.

The Commission is currently undertaking a comprehensive analysis which will result in the publication of its own report at the beginning of next year. That report will be an important element of the review process and I look forward to considering it in consultation with my EU Council counterparts.