Draft fishery products (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) regulations 2007 – Fishupdate.com

Draft fishery products (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) regulations 2007 Published:  03 July, 2007

NEW EU rules are set to be implemented from next year in Scotland.

For it is proposed that those provisions of Council Regulation 882/2004 on Official Feed and Food Controls are implemented in Scotland from January 1.

Implementation is to be achieved by means of Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2007.

This is a national measure required by European Union (EU) law. The current domestic Statutory Instrument (SI) that applies the existing EU charging provisions in Scotland is to be revoked as a requirement of Article 27 of the OFFC Regulation. Thereafter, the minimum charge rates for official controls as laid down in Chapter V of Annex IV of the OFFC Regulation will apply.

The key proposals are:

* To apply the rates in the OFFC Regulations for the collection of charges for direct landings in Scotland of fish and fishery products from January 1 2008;

* To require charges relating to the controls applicable to the first sale of fish and fishery products in a fish market and the first placing of fish and fishery products on the market to be calculated on the basis of the tonnage landed by fishermen per month (rather than per consignment as is the current practice). (This requirement for aggregate landings does not apply;

* To direct landings of specified pelagic fish and those fish and fishery products entering a processing establishment) (See paragraphs 12 and 13 for further detail); and

* To maintain the current maximum charging rate of 50 Euro for direct landings of specified pelagic fish per consignment.

While the FSA welcome comments from stakeholders on aspects of the draft Regulations, they particularly seek comments on the above points and the practicalities and/or difficulties in their implementation.

Stakeholders are also invited to respond to the nine specific questions relating to the impact of the implementation highlighted in the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA).

Separate consultations on the proposal to introduce similar legislation are taking place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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