External Fisheries Policy

External Fisheries Policy in Europe

Working Party on External Fisheries Policy

The working party deals with EU external relations in the area of fisheries. Its work includes preparations ahead of bilateral negotiations with other states, and ahead of multilateral negotiations eg in the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The EU is also represented in regional fisheries organisations active in different parts of the world. The group prepares EU positions ahead of meetings with these organisations.

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Marine Planning Legislation

The European Marine Planning legislation includes:

  • Water Framework Directive was introduced in 2000 to establish systems to manage the water environment, and was transposed into Scots Law in 2003. The WFD applies to all water in the natural environment – rivers, lochs, estuaries, coastal and underground water.
  • Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds (EU Birds Directive). Marine National authorities are resposible for the implementation of the EU Birds Directive in their territorial waters and offshore region. This includes designation and management of SPAs, establishing and operating a system of strict protection for particular species that are listed in the Directive, and responsibility for surveillance and monitoring of the species and habitats protected by the Directive.
  • Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora (EU Habitats Directive). Marine National authorities lead on the implementation of the EU Habitats Directive in their territorial waters and their offshore regions. This includes designation and management of SACs, establishing and operating a system of strict protection for particular species that are listed in the Directive, and responsibility for surveillance and monitoring of the species and habitats protected by the Directive.

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