Consultation on the possible revision of the Fishing Authorisation Regulation (FAR)
Fisheries sector stakeholders, LDRAC (Long Distance Regional Advisory Council), national administrations of EU Member States, consumers and environmental stakeholders, and as far as possible relevant third countries.
Period of consultation
26 April to 19 July 2013
Objective of the consultation
The aim of this consulation is the possible revision of the Council Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008, of 29 September 2008, concerning authorisations for fishing activities of Community fishing vessels outside Community waters and the access of third country vessels to Community waters, amending Regulation (EEC) No 2847/93 and (EC) No 1627/94 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 3317/94.
The main objective of this revision is to strengthen and simplify the existing legal framework, in consistency with control and IUU policies, and address key issues such as repetitive reflagging and regulating private fishing arrangements of the EU fleet outside EU waters.
Therefore, the update of the current framework for EU vessels fishing outside European waters would ensure better coherence between the EU Common Fisheries Policy and its external dimension.
Some key concrete objectives to seek in the revision of this legal framework should be:
- Comprehensive: Completing the scope of the FAR to cover all cases which may require fishing authorisations, for EU vessels outside EU waters, and thus setting a level-playing field and creating transparency.
- Simpler: The current system is complex. Simplifying and clarifying the distribution of tasks between the Commission and Member States' authorities with the intention to cut red tape and administrative burden and costs, where possible.
- Consistent: Ensuring full consistency with the EU legal framework regarding the fight against IUU and control of fishing activities.
More on this consultation
European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, MARE.B.3: Bilateral agreements and fisheries control in international waters
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
MARE.B.3: Bilateral agreements and fisheries control in international waters