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Commissioner Heard By UK Parliment

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UK - Commissioner Damanaki was heard by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee of the UK Parliament on the Commission proposals for a reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

Questions of the Members of Parliament covered a wide range of issues: the Commission proposal for a gradual ban on discards, ways of reducing EU fleet's overcapacity, the introduction of a system of transferable fishing concessions and the end of decommissioning subsidies, regionalisation of decision-making and the role of Regional Advisory Councils and Producers' Organisations, the new sustainable fisheries agreements with third countries.

The social impact of the proposed reform was also addressed and Commissioner Damanaki described how she intends to finance the fishing sector and small scale fishermen in particular in the transition towards sustainable fisheries.