02 Jun 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 02 JUNEBrussels Daily
Commission plans for fishing opportunities in 2016
Today the Commission published its annual consultation paper on fishing opportunities for 2016. This is an opportunity for the Commission to present its views and intentions for setting the annual fish quotas for 2016 in the Union waters of the Atlantic, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The Commission’s position is based on the latest scientific advice on the state of fish stocks throughout EU waters including the Mediterranean. In this regard, Commissioner Vella stated: “The visible success in northern European fisheries proves that sustainable fisheries management is possible. Scientific advice indicated that in the Mediterranean our efforts need to be improved. We need to develop Union management plans and more effective regional plans. Only when we address the situation in our Member States, will we gain the necessary credibility to start discussing with our partners in the Mediterranean.” A public consultation is now open to collect the views of Member States and the fishing industry, non-governmental organisations in regional Advisory Councils and interested citizens. Based on the input, the Commission will make its proposals for the 2016 fishing opportunities this autumn. A press release and Q&A is available.
Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis welcomes the political agreement on animal health
“I congratulate the European Parliament and the Council on reaching a political agreement on the animal health proposal. Farming is an important industry for the European economy, both in terms of jobs and economic output. This agreement paves the way for a more efficient and streamlined system to combat transmissible animal diseases, like foot and mouth, bluetongue, avian influenza, or newly emerging diseases. These diseases could potentially have devastating impacts not only for human and animal health, but also for our agriculture or aquaculture production. The principle “Prevention is better than cure” is at the heart of the regulatory environment that this agreement provides. Please find the full statement available here; and for further information: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/animal-health-proposal-2013_en.htm.
OLAF publishes its annual report for 2014
OLAF, the European anti-fraud body, published today its annual activity report for 2014. It indicates increased efficiency in terms of number of new investigations opened and their average duration. This means OLAF is fully playing its role to make sure that EU money is spent to the full benefit of citizens. In 2014, OLAF’s recommendations led to a total amount of €206.5 million being returned to the EU budget. The full text of the press release and of the OLAF Report 2014 is available in several languages here: OLAF general headlines and OLAF Report page.
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