EU orders Italy and Spain to comply with EU fisheries rules

2 months for management plans; infringement procedure rises

10 July, 17:24

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    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JULY 10 - The European Commission has sent a formal request to Italy and Spain to ensure compliance with EU rules on fishing in the Mediterranean by adopting national management plans for fisheries conducted by trawl nets, boat seines, shores seines, surrounding nets and dredges within their territorial waters. Brussels has opted to send Italy a reasoned opinion, the second stage of its infringement procedure, and ''in the absence of a satisfactory response within two months, the Commission may refer Italy and Spain to the Court of Justice of the European Union''.

    In announcing the decision on Thursday in Brussels, the European Commission noted that the ''management plans should have been adopted by 31 December 2007. Contrary to the requirements of the Regulation, Italy and Spain have still not adopted valid management plans for fisheries conducted by dredges. Required national plans are very important tools to ensure sustainable exploitation of fish resources in the Mediterranean, where traditionally the quota-based fisheries management does not apply''.(ANSAmed).

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