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Fisheries Policy | 14 December 2020

ClientEarth’s response to the Commission roadmap: Maritime sector – a green post-COVID future
Fisheries Policy
Oceans
Wildlife & habitats
Fisheries & Seafood
Defending habitats
Protecting species
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ClientEarth’s response to the Commission roadmap: Maritime sector – a green post-COVID future

ClientEarth welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the roadmap published by the European Commission on a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the European Union.

In our reply, we highlight the need to meet the European Green Deal objectives at sea by:

  • Removing the fuel tax exemption for fishing vessels in the Energy Taxation Directive;
  • Adopting an ambitious Action Plan to conserve fisheries resources and protect marine ecosystems;
  • Enhancing traceability of fisheries products under the Farm to Fork strategy.

We also underline the need to foster a green economic and social recovery. To that end, EU funds should not be spent on harmful fisheries subsidies, and enough resources should be allocated to protect and restore marine biodiversity.