CONTINUEThis site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.
  1. Front Page
  2. News By Topic
  3. France Has Met Fisheries Obligations, Says EC

France Has Met Fisheries Obligations, Says EC

by Ulrika Lomas, for, Brussels

27 November 2006

The European Commission announced on Thursday that it had decided that France has fully met its legal obligations with regard to previous shortcomings in the enforcement of some fisheries measures.

After a thorough evaluation of the situation in France at the end of the second 6-month period since the judgment of the European Court of Justice, in July 2005, the Commission concluded that France had fully implemented the Court requirements. As a result, France will not incur a second penalty payment.

This decision also brings to an end this infringement procedure against France which goes back to 1991, when the Court first passed judgment.

“This is good news all round.”, commented Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, continuing:

“The sustainability of fisheries depends entirely on the proper implementation of all fisheries measures. The changes made by France will strengthen our common efforts to effectively discourage illegal fishing activities.”

In its evaluation of the situation in France, at the end of the first 6-month period, the Commission had welcomed the positive steps taken by France. It also said, however, that a number of the measures taken by France still had to have the required impact on the ground, while others still had to be put in place.

With regard to control, shortcomings were still noted in the numbers, quality and thoroughness of inspections of the fishing, landing, transport and marketing activities. As to the effectiveness of sanctions, the Commission noted the entry into effect, on 6 January 2006, of changes in the French legislation. These extended the application of administrative sanctions to all infringements of EU fisheries rules. Naturally, this was too short a time to have had a practical impact on the ground.

On the basis of continued close contacts with the French authorities and several inspections by the Commission in France, the Commission carried out a new rigorous and thorough evaluation of the second six-month period. As a result of this evaluation, the Commission has concluded that huge progress has since been achieved. The Commission has therefore decided that France now fully meets all her obligations with regard to the ECJ ruling. The infringement procedure against France is therefore now closed.

The Commission has expressed its conviction that France will be able to maintain and consolidate the efforts that she has deployed in order to put in place an effective control and sanction regime. It has also assured France of its full availability to maintain the existing cooperation between the two Parties.

To see today's news, click here.


Tax-News Reviews

Cyprus Review

A review and forecast of Cyprus's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Cyprus Review »

Malta Review

A review and forecast of Malta's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Malta Review »

Jersey Review

A review and forecast of Jersey's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Jersey Review »

Budget Review

A review of the latest budget news and government financial statements from around the world.

Visit Budget Review »

Stay Updated

Please enter your email address to join the mailing list. View previous newsletters.

By subscribing to our newsletter service, you agree to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

To manage your mailing list preferences, please click here »