The role of the European Union in regional fisheries organizations
Franckx, E.; Van den Bossche, K. (2010). The role of the European Union in regional fisheries organizations, in: Russell, D.A. et al.Recasting transboundary fisheries management arrangements in light of sustainability principles. pp. 419-448. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004174405.i-545.87
In: Russell, D.A.; VanderZwaag, D.L. (Ed.) (2010). Recasting transboundary fisheries management arrangements in light of sustainability principles. Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development, 8. Martinus Nijhoff: The Hague. ISBN 978-90-04-17440-5. xxviii, 544 pp. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004174405.i-545, more
In: Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development. Martinus Nijhoff: Leiden; Boston. ISSN 1875-0923, more
The European Union (EU) represents a rather unique phenomenon on the international scene today. In order to try to clarify the role of this entity in regional fisheries organizations (RFOs) it seems appropriate first to briefly address some of the salient features of this regional organization on the international level when compared to other international governmental organizations, before turning to the specific issue of fisheries. For the purpose of this chapter, the uniqueness of this organization on the international level will be approached starting from three adverbs typifying that special character, namely strange, solitary and chameleon-like. Since this first part of the chapter will have revealed that the term EU should rather be replaced by European Community (EC) in the area of fisheries, the specific role of this organization in RFOs will subsequently be addressed in the second part through an analysis first of the external regulatory competence of the organization in this respect, followed by a description of its participation in different RFOs as well as the required competence to negotiate treaties in order to do so. Before turning in the final part of the chapter to the specific agreements concluded so far, the repercussions on the high seas freedoms of such EC participation will be addressed. The last part of the chapter will finally draw some over-all conclusions.