Visserijcommissie EP does not want camera surveillance on cutters

Plenary session- Transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union

The Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament believes that fishermen should not be obliged to install cameras on board. The EU wants to use cameras to monitor the processing of the fish on board the fishing vessels.

The Dutch MEP Peter van Dalen (ChristenUnie) thinks the rejection of the camera duty is entirely justified: “Imagine that
your camera is always watching with you at home or at work. Nobody wants that, right? ”Says Van Dalen. He believes that this method of improved supervision should be voluntary.

Another important success was achieved last week in an earlier vote: fishing cutters are allowed to weigh their catch on board before landing it. According to Van Dalen, the sector has made major investments in the past in the purchase and installation of expensive weighing equipment on board.

All of that would have been in vain if the European Commission's proposal had been adopted. The final vote on the amended text will follow on Friday in the Fisheries Committee, which will then be chaired by Van Dalen. The Dutch MEP then expects approval of the amended texts.

It is likely that the full plenary parliament will vote on the new control regulation in March. After that, trilateral negotiations can begin with the Council of Ministers and the European Commission on the final text of this European law.