Italy defeated, the EU Council approves the fishing package

Italy defeated, the EU Council approves the fishing package


Italy's fishing industry emerges defeated at the meeting of the EU Agriculture Ministers' Council on Monday 26 June. Only our country, out of 27, voted no to the sustainable fishing package proposed by the European Commission, which among other measures also provides for the definitive stop to bottom trawling starting from 2030. All the other 26 agreed to the conclusions presented by the rotating Swedish presidency.

All of Italy's fishing industry mobilized against the package on Friday 23 June from Genoa Sciacca, bringing together for once the employers' associations and the workers' unions. For our country, all operators in the sector argue, the end of trawling would lead to the loss of 7 thousand jobs and the end of business for 20% of the Italian fishing fleet, with a drastic reduction in the sector's revenues of 50 %.

«Now the European Commission will have to take this position into account and adjust the
proposal according to the guidelines that emerged», commented Federpesca in a note. But for Italy, alone in this battle, the game is now all uphill.



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