European Fisheries Control Agency

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to maintain the responsibilities and functions in the UK of the European Fisheries Control Agency (a) when the UK leaves the EU and (b) in the event of the UK leaving the EU in 2019 without an agreement.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) is an EU body that organises the operational coordination of fisheries control and inspection activities. It aims to ensure Member States correctly and consistently apply the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Once we leave the EU and the CFP, Defra, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Devolved Administrations will continue to cooperate in the enforcement of UK fisheries policies.

The UK intends to maintain strong relationships with operational counterparts in other countries after we leave. We will continue to meet our international obligations for control, inspection and reporting.

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