Published Friday, 09 April 2004

Interaction Between the EU CFP and the Habitats and Birds Directives 

Despite Member States’ commitments to protecting the marine environment, actual progress in conserving Europe’s marine biodiversity has been rather limited. This is particularly apparent in terms of the impacts of fisheries, which are widely perceived as posing one of the main threats to the marine environment. The limited progress is partly the result of uncertainty as to where competence for placing restrictions on fishing activities lies, namely with the EU or with the Member States. This briefing paper has been commissioned from Daniel Owen, an independent barrister. It seeks to shed light on the opaque legal situation governing the interaction between the CFP and nature conservation.