18 Jun 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 18 JUNEBrussels Daily
New, simplified system makes EU data for fisheries easily available
Today the Commission has adopted a proposal to upgrade and simplify the EU framework for collecting, managing and using data for fisheries. The data is crucial to improve the scientific advice necessary for the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy. The most promising development is that in the future, data will be easily and readily available to anyone who needs it, whereas currently, the data can only be obtained upon request. This creates an unnecessary burden for the research institutes and leaves much of the data underused. In short, with this new system, the Commission aims to focus more on the accessibility of the data, rather than on the details of fisheries policy implementation, which will be left to the Member States to decide. Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella said: “If our extensive knowledge and data on EU fisheries is not accessible to all, the objective for sustainable management of our resources will not be possible. With this new simplified system, we can reinforce our coordination both at regional level and with existing EU-wide policies”. Additional information can be found here.
June infringement package: Commission acts for full and proper implementation of European law for the benefit of citizens and businesses
In order to help citizens and businesses to benefit fully from the opportunities the internal market provides, the European Commission continuously engages with and, if necessary, initiates infringement procedures against Member States who do not respect European law. As part of its monthly package of infringement decisions, the Commission has decided today to refer four Member States to the European Court of Justice: Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece and Romania. In addition, the Commission will send 18 reasoned opinions to 12 Member States: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as 44 letters of formal notice including for Germany with regards to the introduction of a new road charging scheme for private vehicles (‘PKW-Maut’). A summary of the other key decisions, as well as the contact details of relevant Spokespersons, can be found in the Fact Sheet and in the relevant press releases (IP/15/5195, IP/15/5196, IP/15/5197, IP/15/5198, IP/15/5199,IP/15/5201).
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