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The 2002 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy's system of governance - rhetoric or reality?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tim Gray, Jenny Hatchard


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The 2002 Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) was claimed to be a radical overhaul of a failing system. Several EU fish stocks-particularly North Sea cod-had reached dangerously low levels, and there was widespread dissatisfaction with the way in which the CFP was operating. The European Commission took the opportunity of the legal requirement to review some features of the CFP (principally access provisions) in 2002, to undertake a broader reappraisal of the CFP. One of the features of this reappraisal was an attempt to improve the CFP's system of governance by increasing the amount of stakeholder participation, decentralisation, transparency, accountability, effectiveness and coherence. In this paper, the conclusion is reached that this attempt to improve the quality of governance in the 2002 CFP reform package has been more rhetorical than real. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Gray TS, Hatchard JL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Marine Policy

Year: 2003

Volume: 27

Issue: 6

Pages: 545-554

Date deposited: 04/10/2013

ISSN (print): 0308-597X

ISSN (electronic): 1872-9460


DOI: 10.1016/S0308-597X(03)00066-6


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