EP says all imported fisheries must comply with EU standards

BRUSSELS,The European Parliament (EP) Wednesday passed a resolution saying that all imported fisheries products to Europe should meet the high standards imposed by European Union(EU) law.

The EU Commission needs to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture products from non-EU countries comply with EU conservation, management standards and hygiene requirements by implementing control measures more efficiently, says the resolution adopted by 590 votes to 52.

It calls on the EU Commission and the EU member states to intensify their efforts to ensure that existing EU legislation is more consistently implemented and applied at all stages of the supply chain.

Extending control measures to imported fisheries products would promote fairer competition and avoid a discriminatory market that could adversely affect EU fisheries, it says.

It also calls on the EU Commission to ensure close coordination between the Union’s trade and fisheries policies, including during the negotiation of trade agreements with non-EU countries involving fisheries matters.

The rapporteur of the resolution, Linnea Engstrom said: “We are highly dependent on imported fishery products and this has an impact on trade policy within the EU. Since there are many species overfished or fished right to the limit in non-EU countries, we also demand action against illegal fisheries, to ensure that only sustainable fishery products come in to the EU.” The EU is the world’s largest market for fisheries and aquaculture, absorbing 24% of total global imports in 2016. EU member states depend on imports for over 60% of their total consumption.

Source: Kuwait News Agency