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Document 51997AC0771

Opinion of the Economic and Social Committee on the 'Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) laying down certain technical measures for the conservation of fishery resources in the waters of the Baltic Sea, the Belts and the Sound'

OJ C 296, 29.9.1997, p. 31–31 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

51997AC0771

Opinion of the Economic and Social Committee on the 'Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) laying down certain technical measures for the conservation of fishery resources in the waters of the Baltic Sea, the Belts and the Sound'

Official Journal C 296 , 29/09/1997 P. 0031


Opinion of the Economic and Social Committee on the 'Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) laying down certain technical measures for the conservation of fishery resources in the waters of the Baltic Sea, the Belts and the Sound` (97/C 296/07)

On 30 May 1997 the Council decided to consult the Economic and Social Committee, under Articles 43 and 198 of the Treaty establishing the European Community, on the above-mentioned proposal.

The Section for Agriculture and Fisheries, which was responsible for preparing the Committee's work on the subject, adopted its opinion on 1 July 1997. The rapporteur was Mr Kallio.

At its 347th plenary session (meeting of 9 July 1997), the Economic and Social Committee adopted the following opinion with 120 votes in favour, one vote against and three abstentions.

1. General comments

1.1. The proposal sets out to harmonize and simplify Baltic and EU fishing regulations. The section feels that this is a justified and worthwhile objective. The end result will be to simplify EU legislation and that of the Baltic region, thereby facilitating the activities and cooperation of the industry and of the authorities in the longer term.

1.2. The present regulation has no significance for fishing and those employed in fishing as it makes no change at all to current regulations. This being the case, there is no reason to assess the economic, social or business implications of this particular proposal.

1.3. Finding no factual or technical errors in the proposal, the Committee endorses it unreservedly.

2. Other observations

The Committee feels that the EU should go on to harmonize other specific fishing agreements with this kind of proposal. The approach adopted leads to greater harmonization of fishery policy and facilitates cooperation between industry and administration.

Brussels, 9 July 1997.

The President of the Economic and Social Committee

Tom JENKINS

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