There is talk of 360 ° sustainability, not only for marine ecosystems but above all for workers who work in the fishing sector. With the Common fisheries policy, the European Commission defined a comprehensive approach to managing the fishing. In 2010 negotiations began between trade unions and employers, today an agreement was finally found for workers employed in the fish sector.
After two years of negotiations, an agreement finally arrives that can guarantee the fishermen conditions sustainable. Through the agreement, fishermen will obtain decent conditions on board fishing vessels. As for the minimum requirements for the exercise of the fisherman profession, we talk about room and board, safety in the workplace and health protection with health care and social security.
The agreement signed at the level of the European Union was signed during the Conference for the day of the sea taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden. The social partners intend to invite the European Commission to present their agreement to the EU Council of Ministers in order to ensure the implementation of a directive and have legally bound rules.
The agreement was signed by Javier Garat, president of Europeche and by Giampaolo Buonfiglio, a member of Cogeca, as president of the Copa Cogeca fisheries working group for employers. To represent workers in the sector of fishing was Eduardo Chagas, general secretary of the European Federation of Transport Workers (ETF). The purpose of the agreement is to make the work of the fisherman more dignified.
Furthermore, by January 1, 2013, the Commission called for the deadline for the adoption and entry into force of a new regulatory framework that provides for a more sustainable fishing. The purpose is to have fish stocks at safe levels and preserve them for subsequent generations. By 2015 all fish stocks will have to be returned sustainable. Plans already envisaged by the European Commission see the progressive disappearance of the practice of discards which consists in throwing back in the open sea, the accidental catches of fish. This practice constitutes a waste of food resources; the fishermen will have the obligation to land all the fish caught.