EU Legislation, Initiatives, etc.
ScotGov: Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead has claimed that ‘a radical overhaul of the fisheries control regulation that meets Scotland's requirements has been secured’. The control regulation, initially introduced over 25 years ago, is one of the main planks of the Common Fisheries Policy. It places obligations on every member state to inspect landings in its ports and regulate fisheries in its waters.
Speaking from Luxembourg after attending the October Fisheries Council, Mr Lochhead said: "We have successfully removed the threat to both commercial fishermen and recreational sea anglers where it was proposed that the catches by sea anglers should count against national quotas”.
Defra: Defra has announced that the National Measurement Office (NMO) has been appointed as market surveillance authority (MSA) under the European Union Energy Using Products and Energy Labelling Framework Directives.
The MSA will be in place to make sure that product claims under energy labelling (such as ‘A-rated fridges’) and minimum energy standards are adhered to by manufacturers and, where necessary, retailers. This creates a level playing field for manufacturers, by ensuring that standards are complied with by all and avoids consumers being misled into buying products that will cost them more in energy bills than they expect.