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“Our citizens will think MEPs are utterly mad”

FFF secretary Chris Davies (ALDE, UK) in plenary following the vote on Wednesday 12 September 2012 on the non-legislative Salavrakos report.


Fish for the Future principles – A fisheries policy for the future

Last year, MEPs from all political groups came together to form the ‘Fish for the Future’ group. It aims to secure the adoption of sustainable policies that can protect fish stocks and ensure a better future for the fishing industry.

The group has now drafted a document entitled ‘A fisheries policy for the future‘, which lays out the policy principles endorsed by the ‘Fish for the Future’ group.

Download the FFF principles (English)

Sustainable Aquaculture in Europe – Market and Consumer perspectives. 9 May

Sustainable Aquaculture in Europe – Market and Consumer perspectives

Lunch debate
11.30-13.00, May 9, 2012,
European Parliament, Brussels, room A1E3

11.30-11.40 Welcome and introduction of topic and speakers
11.40-12.00 Consumer perspectives on the question of sustainability. Rodrigo Gouveia, Secretary-General European Community of Consumer Co-operatives
12.00-12.20 Retailers’ practices on sustainable aquaculture and fisheries products. EuroCommerce Marina Valverde, Food Policy and Consumers Adviser EuroCommerce
12.20-12.30 State of play and reactions from the Commission
12.30-13.00 Questions and discussion

Organised by Mikael Gustafsson GUE/NGL & Anna Rosbach ECR, Fish for the Future
Working Language English

For more information contact Camilla Mikkelsen +32 228 30 036,

Can EU fisheries agreements be fair and sustainable? – 29 February

The EU fisheries agreements and Policy Coherence for Development
– Can EU fisheries agreements be fair and sustainable?

Where: European Parliament, room ASP 5G3
When: 12:30 – 15:00, February 29, 2012

Interpretation in EN, ES and FR.

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EU fisheries agreements with developing countries have long been criticised for environmental and developmental reasons. But some say that it would be worse for the environment and for local communities if the agreements were abandoned. A revision of the fisheries agreements is currently taking place as a part of the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

At this seminar, leading experts from Europe and Africa, with different perspectives on the fisheries agreements, will present their views on the conditions which may render the agreements fair and sustainable. Organiser and moderator is MEP Isabella Lövin (Greens, Sweden), rapporteur in the Fisheries Committee of the so-called External Dimension of the CFP, which includes fisheries agreements.

The New CFP reform – More regionalisation, but how? 18 Jan.

The New CFP reform – More regionalisation, but how?

When: Wednesday the 18th of January at 14.00
Where: European Parliament, N3.1, Louis Weiss, Strasbourg

MEP Christofer Fjellner, on behalf of the Fish for the Future working group, hereby invites you to a seminar on the new CFP reform to discuss the upcoming challenge with more regionalisation in the new fisheries policy. How do we move the decision making about the waters closer to the member states and the fishermen that depend on them? Everyone seems to talk about it, but how do we make it happen?

Speakers will be:
Mr. Ernesto Penas Lado – Director, Policy development and co-ordination, DG MARE
Mr. Henrik Österblom – Associate Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences, Stockholm resilience center.

TFCs – a solution to overfishing or a problem itself? 6 Dec.

How should fishing quotas be set in the EU? – 30 November

>> Read a summary of the seminar and download the presentations

Seminar: How should fishing quotas be set in the EU?
Where: European Parliament, Brussels, Room A5E-1
When: 30 November, 9:00 – 11:00
Event organised by cross-party group Fish For the Future

One key proposal in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy is that EU fish stocks should be restored above levels which can produce Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) by 2015. What does MSY mean? What are the arguments for and against this proposal? What are the implications for the fishermen and the fish?

This seminar will provide a guide to these issues for MEPs who want to learn more about the Common Fisheries Policy reform.