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EU Fisheries: Decision Making Guide

AUTHORS: Dirk Reyntjens-James Brown-Catherine Bowyer

Fisheries Policy is an exclusive competence of the European Union (EU). This means that all decisions are taken at the level of the Union. Member States cannot intervene in fisheries management unless they are explicitly delegated back the powers to do so. At present the main area for which Member States have been given such powers relates to inshore fisheries (within maximum 12 nm). The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) provides the framework for European and national fisheries management activities. A focus on the CFP is therefore essential in any attempts to influence the management of European fisheries. This report provides a guide to the EU fisheries decision making systems, including the CFP and fisheries related environmental policy.

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