opening of the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg today
(Monday 12 January) Ian Hudghton MEP delivered a challenge to the European
Commission to accept that the unworkable and discriminatory fisheries deal
for 2004 be re-examined with urgency. In his speech, which was applauded
by colleagues, the SNP MEP said:
Christmas the annual Brussels Pantomime, otherwise known as the Council of
Fisheries Ministers, delivered for the second successive year a disastrous
outcome for Scotland's coastal and island communities.
"On the one
hand an increase in the haddock quota was granted, but on the other hand a
limit of only 15 days at sea per month plus restricted access to
certain key areas is likely to bankrupt many of our boats.
the UK government-led ministerial team volunteered Scotland for this
"It is little
wonder that Scots support for the CFP has all but evaporated.
"I call upon
the European Commission to accept that this unworkable and discriminatory
set of regulations be re-examined with urgency."