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This study assesses the implementation of the current EU fisheries control system by Member States. It focuses on the application of national infringement procedures, sanctions and the point system for serious infringements from 2014 to 2019. The research shows results based on interviews and survey replies by 17 out of 22 coastal Member States and it presents case studies for the following seven countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania and Spain.
The presentation of the study took place on 12 October 2020 and focused on the following topics:
- The length of the national infringement procedures varies considerably between Member States, mainly depending on the procedure implemented based on administrative or criminal law and the possibility of appeal.
- The most common type of infringement is the following: Not fulfilling the obligations to record and report catch or catch-related data, including data to be transmitted by satellite vessel monitoring system.
- The authors of the study suggested to simplify the criteria for the implementation of the point system, to provide guidelines for the definition of serious infringements and to increase transparency in the access to information on points.
- Moreover, it was recommended to increase the number of controls at sea, to consider enhanced cooperation between relevant authorities and the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), and to harmonize the level of detail of national registries for a level playing field.
The presentation was followed by questions from the Members and a stimulating debate.
Further reading: Implementation of the current EU fisheries control system by Member States (2014-19)
Watch video of the event (with multilingual interpretation):