Currently, Member States’ application of sanctions differs greatly; sanctions are not always dissuasive, proportionate and effective; and the points system is not consistently applied. The European Court of Auditors and the European Commission have concluded that this absence of standardisation has undermined the enforcement of the CFP. Indeed, throughout the EU, fishers feel that they are treated unequally and unfairly.
We encourage support for further standardisation of enforcement measures with a view to creating a level-playing field, which in turn fosters a culture of compliance, as proposed by the European Commission.
By delivering our key priorities, we can ensure that oceans continue to offer powerful solutions to global problems. Please find here our communication to MEPs on our key priorities.