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News announcement16 June 2021Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries1 min read

Fisheries control: Commission publishes study on the Member States’ sanctioning systems for infringements of the CFP

The European Commission has published an in-depth analysis of Member States’ sanctioning systems for infringements of the rules of the common fisheries policy (CFP), covering the period from 2015-2019 and all coastal Member States.  

Bow © Jacek Fulawka / Adobe Stock
Bow © Jacek Fulawka / Adobe Stock

The EU has a generally effective sanctioning system for infringements of the CFP, according to the results of the study. All Member States included in the study have a system in place for sanctioning infringements, with many making significant improvements since 2015. However, there are still some differences between Member States, including gaps in the legal frameworks and the practical application, which may slow down the effective implementation of a sustainable fisheries policy.

The Commission remains committed to ensuring effective implementation of EU law. The ongoing revision of the fisheries control system will address some of these shortcomings by further harmonising the EU sanctioning system and creating the conditions for an equitable treatment of operators and promoting the CFP objective of making EU fisheries more sustainable.

The study was conducted on behalf of the Commission by an external contractor.

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Study on the sanctioning systems of Member States for infringements to the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy


Publication date
16 June 2021
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries