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2015/0001(NLE) Fishing opportunities in EU waters of fishing vessels flying the flag of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana. Declaration

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead PECH FERREIRA João (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL) MATO Gabriel (icon: PPE PPE), CORBETT Richard (icon: S&D S&D), BILBAO BARANDICA Izaskun (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 043-p2, TFEU 218-p6a

Events

2015/09/19
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2015/1565 on the approval, on behalf of the European Union, of the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana.

CONTENT: subject to their compliance with the applicable legally binding Union acts on the conservation and management of fishery resources, fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela have operated in Union waters in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana for many decades.

Under this Decision, the Council approved the declaration addressed to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of the French Guiana on behalf of the European Union.

Declaration : the declaration stipulates that:

the European Union shall issue fishing authorisations to a limited number of fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to fish in the part of the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana that lies more than 12 nautical miles from the base lines; the authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with the provisions of the European Union common fisheries policy concerning the conservation and control measures and other European Union provisions governing fishing activities in that zone; authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations specifying, inter alia, the fish stocks that may be targeted, the maximum number of authorised fishing vessels and the proportion of catches to be landed into ports in French Guiana.

Without prejudice to the withdrawal of authorisations granted to individual fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on grounds of their failure to comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations, the European Union may at any time withdraw, by way of unilateral declaration, the specific undertaking expressed in this Declaration to grant fishing opportunities.

Legal note : this Decision should replace Council Decision 2012/19/EU which was annulled by the judgement of the Court of Justice of 26 November 2014 and the effects of which are being maintained until the entry into force of a new decision within a reasonable period of time.

As the Declaration has already been notified to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, there is no need for a new notification.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 22.9.2015.

2015/09/14
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2015/09/14
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2015/07/07
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2015/07/07
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 651 votes to 18, with 42 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the approval, on behalf of the European Union, of the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana.

Following the recommendation by the Committee on Fisheries, Parliament gave its consent to the approval of the Declaration.

Documents
2015/06/19
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Fisheries adopted the report by João FERREIRA (GUE/NGL, PT) on the draft Council decision on the approval, on behalf of the European Union, of the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana.

The committee recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to the approval of the Declaration.

To recall, given that there is no international agreement between the EU and Venezuela on fisheries, cooperation with this country is not in line with the requirements of Community law. In practice, however, fishing by Venezuelan vessels is allowed.

Accordingly, the Commission made a proposal for an EU commitment on the transfer of fishing rights to Venezuelan vessels. The legal solution found - a declaration to be made by the Council, with the approval of the European Parliament, which aligned the agreement with Union legislation, in particular with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), for the conservation and management of fishing stocks, as well as other legislation affected - is appropriate for the small-scale fishing in question.

This declaration took shape in Decision 2012/19/EU, by which the Council - changing the legal basis of the declaration - regarded Parliament as an advisory body, rather than the body from which it needed to request approval.

As a result, Parliament and the Commission brought proceedings before the European Court of Justice in order to annul the decision of the Council.

The Court clearly confirmed that decisions relating to the conclusion of external fisheries agreements are fully covered by Article 43(2) TFEU, namely that Parliament’s decision is not only advisory but binding, in the sense that its approval is required.

Consequently, as the judgment of the ECJ was in favour of the position of the Commission and the European Parliament, the Commission submitted a new proposal to the Council and Parliament aiming to replace Decision 2012/19/EU, the proposal which is currently under review.

Now that this institutional conflict is resolved, which was based solely on a disagreement over the correct legal basis, the rapporteur is of the opinion that the approval procedure for this proposal should be completed as soon as possible. This will thereby provide the fishing carried on in this area – and whose regular activity was not affected by this delay – with the appropriate framework.

Documents
2015/06/17
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2015/03/31
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2015/03/10
   EP - FERREIRA João (GUE/NGL) appointed as rapporteur in PECH
2015/02/25
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2015/01/30
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: subject to their compliance with the applicable legally binding Union acts on the conservation and management of fishery resources, fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela have operated in Union waters in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana for many decades.

The processing industry based in the French Guiana depends on the landings from those fishing vessels and therefore the continuity of those operations should be ensured.

This Decision should replace Council Decision 2012/19/EU which was annulled by the judgement of the Court of Justice of 26 November 2014 and the effects of which are being maintained until the entry into force of a new decision within a reasonable period of time. As the Declaration has already been notified to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, there is no need for a new notification thereof.

CONTENT: under this proposed Decision, the Council is requested to approve the Declaration addressed to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of the French Guiana on behalf of the European Union.

Declaration : in the Declaration addressed to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, it is stipulated that:

the EU shall issue fishing authorisations to a limited number of fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to fish in the part of the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana that lies more than 12 nautical miles from the base lines; the authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with the provisions of the European Union common fisheries policy concerning the conservation and control measures and other European Union provisions governing fishing activities in that zone; the authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations specifying, inter alia, the fish stocks that may be targeted, the maximum number of authorised fishing vessels and the proportion of catches to be landed into ports in French Guiana.

Without prejudice to the withdrawal of authorisations granted to individual fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on grounds of their failure to comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations, the European Union may at any time withdraw, by way of unilateral declaration, the specific undertaking expressed in this Declaration to grant fishing opportunities.

For further details of the proposed Decision, please refer to the summary of the Commission’s initial legislative proposal dated 12/01/2015 .

Documents
2015/01/12
   EP - Preparatory document
Details

PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008 concerning authorisations for fishing activities presupposes the existence of an international fisheries agreement when granting fishing authorisations to third-country vessels within EU waters. The EU has not concluded such an international fisheries agreement with Venezuela.

However, access for Venezuelan fishing vessels operating in EU waters off the coast of the French department of Guiana has been provided in the form of a Council Declaration ( Decision 2012/19/EU ) which, in accordance with the case-law of the International Court of Justice, has legal effects under international law.

By its judgement of 26 November 2014 on the joined cases C-103/12 and C-165/12 (European Parliament and the Commission v. Council), the Court of Justice annulled Council Decision 2012/19/EU . It also confirmed that decisions relating to the conclusion of external fisheries agreements fall fully within the scope of Article 43(2) TFEU (in conjunction with the applicable procedure of Article 218 TFEU, i.e. Article 218(6)a(v) for the decisions on the conclusion) and rejected the position that such decisions could fall within the scope of Article 43(3) TFEU .

The Court of Justice maintained the effects of the Council Decision until the entry into force , within a reasonable period of time after the date of the judgement, of a new decision to be adopted on an appropriate legal basis. Hence, the present proposal.

CONTENT: in order to ensure the continuity of the access following the judgement of the Court, the Commission considers it necessary that t he Council re-adopts a Decision on the declaration addressed to Venezuela confirming its readiness to issue fishing authorisations to a limited number of fishing vessels flying the flag of Venezuela on the condition that they comply with the applicable legally binding Union acts.

The Declaration provides that in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008 concerning authorisations for fishing activities of Community fishing vessels outside Community waters and the access of third country vessels to Community waters, the authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with the provisions of the European Union common fisheries policy concerning the conservation and control measures and other European Union provisions governing fishing activities in that zone.

More particularly, authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations specifying, inter alia, the fish stocks that may be targeted, the maximum number of authorised fishing vessels and the proportion of catches to be landed into ports in French Guiana.

Documents

Activities

Votes

A8-0195/2015 - João Ferreira - approbation

2015/07/07 Outcome: +: 651, 0: 42, -: 18
DE FR IT ES PL RO GB CZ PT HU BE BG AT NL SE FI EL SK HR DK LT IE LV SI LU EE MT CY
Total
91
72
70
49
50
31
73
21
20
19
17
16
16
23
18
12
18
12
11
12
10
10
8
8
6
6
6
5
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208

Finland PPE

2

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1
2

Luxembourg PPE

3

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

1
icon: S&D S&D
179
3

Netherlands S&D

3

Croatia S&D

2

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Latvia S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

3

Cyprus S&D

2
icon: ALDE ALDE
66

Romania ALDE

3

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Denmark ALDE

2

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

3
icon: ECR ECR
71

Italy ECR

For (1)

1

Czechia ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

2

Netherlands ECR

2
2

Greece ECR

For (1)

1

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
48

France Verts/ALE

Abstain (1)

6

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Belgium Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
49

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
icon: ENF ENF
34

Poland ENF

For (1)

1

United Kingdom ENF

Abstain (1)

1

Belgium ENF

For (1)

1

Austria ENF

3

Netherlands ENF

Abstain (2)

2
icon: EFDD EFDD
43

France EFDD

Abstain (1)

1

Poland EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

Abstain (1)

1

Sweden EFDD

2
icon: NI NI
12

Germany NI

For (1)

Against (1)

2

France NI

1

Poland NI

1

United Kingdom NI

Abstain (1)

1

Hungary NI

2

History

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  • date: 2015-03-31T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE551.985 title: PE551.985 type: Committee draft report body: EP
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  • date: 2015-01-12T00:00:00 type: Initial legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2015/0001/COM_COM(2015)0001_EN.pdf title: COM(2015)0001 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2015&nu_doc=0001 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008 concerning authorisations for fishing activities presupposes the existence of an international fisheries agreement when granting fishing authorisations to third-country vessels within EU waters. The EU has not concluded such an international fisheries agreement with Venezuela. However, access for Venezuelan fishing vessels operating in EU waters off the coast of the French department of Guiana has been provided in the form of a Council Declaration ( Decision 2012/19/EU ) which, in accordance with the case-law of the International Court of Justice, has legal effects under international law. By its judgement of 26 November 2014 on the joined cases C-103/12 and C-165/12 (European Parliament and the Commission v. Council), the Court of Justice annulled Council Decision 2012/19/EU . It also confirmed that decisions relating to the conclusion of external fisheries agreements fall fully within the scope of Article 43(2) TFEU (in conjunction with the applicable procedure of Article 218 TFEU, i.e. Article 218(6)a(v) for the decisions on the conclusion) and rejected the position that such decisions could fall within the scope of Article 43(3) TFEU . The Court of Justice maintained the effects of the Council Decision until the entry into force , within a reasonable period of time after the date of the judgement, of a new decision to be adopted on an appropriate legal basis. Hence, the present proposal. CONTENT: in order to ensure the continuity of the access following the judgement of the Court, the Commission considers it necessary that t he Council re-adopts a Decision on the declaration addressed to Venezuela confirming its readiness to issue fishing authorisations to a limited number of fishing vessels flying the flag of Venezuela on the condition that they comply with the applicable legally binding Union acts. The Declaration provides that in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008 concerning authorisations for fishing activities of Community fishing vessels outside Community waters and the access of third country vessels to Community waters, the authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with the provisions of the European Union common fisheries policy concerning the conservation and control measures and other European Union provisions governing fishing activities in that zone. More particularly, authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations specifying, inter alia, the fish stocks that may be targeted, the maximum number of authorised fishing vessels and the proportion of catches to be landed into ports in French Guiana.
  • date: 2015-01-30T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=5420%2F15&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 05420/2015 summary: PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. BACKGROUND: subject to their compliance with the applicable legally binding Union acts on the conservation and management of fishery resources, fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela have operated in Union waters in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana for many decades. The processing industry based in the French Guiana depends on the landings from those fishing vessels and therefore the continuity of those operations should be ensured. This Decision should replace Council Decision 2012/19/EU which was annulled by the judgement of the Court of Justice of 26 November 2014 and the effects of which are being maintained until the entry into force of a new decision within a reasonable period of time. As the Declaration has already been notified to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, there is no need for a new notification thereof. CONTENT: under this proposed Decision, the Council is requested to approve the Declaration addressed to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of the French Guiana on behalf of the European Union. Declaration : in the Declaration addressed to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, it is stipulated that: the EU shall issue fishing authorisations to a limited number of fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to fish in the part of the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana that lies more than 12 nautical miles from the base lines; the authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with the provisions of the European Union common fisheries policy concerning the conservation and control measures and other European Union provisions governing fishing activities in that zone; the authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations specifying, inter alia, the fish stocks that may be targeted, the maximum number of authorised fishing vessels and the proportion of catches to be landed into ports in French Guiana. Without prejudice to the withdrawal of authorisations granted to individual fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on grounds of their failure to comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations, the European Union may at any time withdraw, by way of unilateral declaration, the specific undertaking expressed in this Declaration to grant fishing opportunities. For further details of the proposed Decision, please refer to the summary of the Commission’s initial legislative proposal dated 12/01/2015 .
  • date: 2015-02-25T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2015-06-17T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2015-06-19T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2015-0195&language=EN title: A8-0195/2015 summary: The Committee on Fisheries adopted the report by João FERREIRA (GUE/NGL, PT) on the draft Council decision on the approval, on behalf of the European Union, of the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana. The committee recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to the approval of the Declaration. To recall, given that there is no international agreement between the EU and Venezuela on fisheries, cooperation with this country is not in line with the requirements of Community law. In practice, however, fishing by Venezuelan vessels is allowed. Accordingly, the Commission made a proposal for an EU commitment on the transfer of fishing rights to Venezuelan vessels. The legal solution found - a declaration to be made by the Council, with the approval of the European Parliament, which aligned the agreement with Union legislation, in particular with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), for the conservation and management of fishing stocks, as well as other legislation affected - is appropriate for the small-scale fishing in question. This declaration took shape in Decision 2012/19/EU, by which the Council - changing the legal basis of the declaration - regarded Parliament as an advisory body, rather than the body from which it needed to request approval. As a result, Parliament and the Commission brought proceedings before the European Court of Justice in order to annul the decision of the Council. The Court clearly confirmed that decisions relating to the conclusion of external fisheries agreements are fully covered by Article 43(2) TFEU, namely that Parliament’s decision is not only advisory but binding, in the sense that its approval is required. Consequently, as the judgment of the ECJ was in favour of the position of the Commission and the European Parliament, the Commission submitted a new proposal to the Council and Parliament aiming to replace Decision 2012/19/EU, the proposal which is currently under review. Now that this institutional conflict is resolved, which was based solely on a disagreement over the correct legal basis, the rapporteur is of the opinion that the approval procedure for this proposal should be completed as soon as possible. This will thereby provide the fishing carried on in this area – and whose regular activity was not affected by this delay – with the appropriate framework.
  • date: 2015-07-07T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=25912&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2015-07-07T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2015-0242 title: T8-0242/2015 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 651 votes to 18, with 42 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the approval, on behalf of the European Union, of the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana. Following the recommendation by the Committee on Fisheries, Parliament gave its consent to the approval of the Declaration.
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  • date: 2015-09-19T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana. LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2015/1565 on the approval, on behalf of the European Union, of the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana. CONTENT: subject to their compliance with the applicable legally binding Union acts on the conservation and management of fishery resources, fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela have operated in Union waters in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana for many decades. Under this Decision, the Council approved the declaration addressed to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of the French Guiana on behalf of the European Union. Declaration : the declaration stipulates that: the European Union shall issue fishing authorisations to a limited number of fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to fish in the part of the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana that lies more than 12 nautical miles from the base lines; the authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with the provisions of the European Union common fisheries policy concerning the conservation and control measures and other European Union provisions governing fishing activities in that zone; authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations specifying, inter alia, the fish stocks that may be targeted, the maximum number of authorised fishing vessels and the proportion of catches to be landed into ports in French Guiana. Without prejudice to the withdrawal of authorisations granted to individual fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on grounds of their failure to comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations, the European Union may at any time withdraw, by way of unilateral declaration, the specific undertaking expressed in this Declaration to grant fishing opportunities. Legal note : this Decision should replace Council Decision 2012/19/EU which was annulled by the judgement of the Court of Justice of 26 November 2014 and the effects of which are being maintained until the entry into force of a new decision within a reasonable period of time. As the Declaration has already been notified to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, there is no need for a new notification. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 22.9.2015. docs: title: Decision 2015/1565 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32015D1565 title: OJ L 244 19.09.2015, p. 0055 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2015:244:TOC
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PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2015/1565 on the approval, on behalf of the European Union, of the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana.

CONTENT: subject to their compliance with the applicable legally binding Union acts on the conservation and management of fishery resources, fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela have operated in Union waters in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana for many decades.

Under this Decision, the Council approved the declaration addressed to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of the French Guiana on behalf of the European Union.

Declaration: the declaration stipulates that:

  • the European Union shall issue fishing authorisations to a limited number of fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to fish in the part of the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana that lies more than 12 nautical miles from the base lines;
  • the authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with the provisions of the European Union common fisheries policy concerning the conservation and control measures and other European Union provisions governing fishing activities in that zone;
  • authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations specifying, inter alia, the fish stocks that may be targeted, the maximum number of authorised fishing vessels and the proportion of catches to be landed into ports in French Guiana.

Without prejudice to the withdrawal of authorisations granted to individual fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on grounds of their failure to comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations, the European Union may at any time withdraw, by way of unilateral declaration, the specific undertaking expressed in this Declaration to grant fishing opportunities.

Legal note: this Decision should replace Council Decision 2012/19/EU which was annulled by the judgement of the Court of Justice of 26 November 2014 and the effects of which are being maintained until the entry into force of a new decision within a reasonable period of time.

As the Declaration has already been notified to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, there is no need for a new notification.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 22.9.2015.

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  • The Committee on Fisheries adopted the report by João FERREIRA (GUE/NGL, PT) on the draft Council decision on the approval, on behalf of the European Union, of the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana.

    The committee recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to the approval of the Declaration.

    To recall, given that there is no international agreement between the EU and Venezuela on fisheries, cooperation with this country is not in line with the requirements of Community law. In practice, however, fishing by Venezuelan vessels is allowed.

    Accordingly, the Commission made a proposal for an EU commitment on the transfer of fishing rights to Venezuelan vessels. The legal solution found - a declaration to be made by the Council, with the approval of the European Parliament, which aligned the agreement with Union legislation, in particular with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), for the conservation and management of fishing stocks, as well as other legislation affected - is appropriate for the small-scale fishing in question.

    This declaration took shape in Decision 2012/19/EU, by which the Council - changing the legal basis of the declaration - regarded Parliament as an advisory body, rather than the body from which it needed to request approval.

    As a result, Parliament and the Commission brought proceedings before the European Court of Justice in order to annul the decision of the Council.

    The Court clearly confirmed that decisions relating to the conclusion of external fisheries agreements are fully covered by Article 43(2) TFEU, namely that Parliament’s decision is not only advisory but binding, in the sense that its approval is required.

    Consequently, as the judgment of the ECJ was in favour of the position of the Commission and the European Parliament, the Commission submitted a new proposal to the Council and Parliament aiming to replace Decision 2012/19/EU, the proposal which is currently under review.

    Now that this institutional conflict is resolved, which was based solely on a disagreement over the correct legal basis, the rapporteur is of the opinion that the approval procedure for this proposal should be completed as soon as possible. This will thereby provide the fishing carried on in this area – and whose regular activity was not affected by this delay – with the appropriate framework.

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 651 votes to 18, with 42 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the approval, on behalf of the European Union, of the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana.

    Following the recommendation by the Committee on Fisheries, Parliament gave its consent to the approval of the Declaration.

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  • PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Declaration on the granting of fishing opportunities in EU waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana.

    PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

    BACKGROUND: Council Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008 concerning authorisations for fishing activities presupposes the existence of an international fisheries agreement when granting fishing authorisations to third-country vessels within EU waters. The EU has not concluded such an international fisheries agreement with Venezuela.

    However, access for Venezuelan fishing vessels operating in EU waters off the coast of the French department of Guiana has been provided in the form of a Council Declaration (Decision 2012/19/EU) which, in accordance with the case-law of the International Court of Justice, has legal effects under international law.

    By its judgement of 26 November 2014 on the joined cases C-103/12 and C-165/12 (European Parliament and the Commission v. Council), the Court of Justice annulled Council Decision 2012/19/EU. It also confirmed that decisions relating to the conclusion of external fisheries agreements fall fully within the scope of Article 43(2) TFEU (in conjunction with the applicable procedure of Article 218 TFEU, i.e. Article 218(6)a(v) for the decisions on the conclusion) and rejected the position that such decisions could fall within the scope of Article 43(3) TFEU.

    The Court of Justice maintained the effects of the Council Decision until the entry into force, within a reasonable period of time after the date of the judgement, of a new decision to be adopted on an appropriate legal basis. Hence, the present proposal.

    CONTENT: in order to ensure the continuity of the access following the judgement of the Court, the Commission considers it necessary that the Council re-adopts a Decision on the declaration addressed to Venezuela confirming its readiness to issue fishing authorisations to a limited number of fishing vessels flying the flag of Venezuela on the condition that they comply with the applicable legally binding Union acts.

    The Declaration provides that in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008 concerning authorisations for fishing activities of Community fishing vessels outside Community waters and the access of third country vessels to Community waters, the authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with the provisions of the European Union common fisheries policy concerning the conservation and control measures and other European Union provisions governing fishing activities in that zone.

    More particularly, authorised fishing vessels flying the flag of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shall comply with any relevant European Union rules or regulations specifying, inter alia, the fish stocks that may be targeted, the maximum number of authorised fishing vessels and the proportion of catches to be landed into ports in French Guiana.

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