SNP Bid To Get Change Of mind On EU Conservation Rules Move –

SNP Bid To Get Change Of mind On EU Conservation Rules Move Fishing Monthly Published:  13 February, 2003

SCOTTISH Nationalist groups in the Scottish and European Parliaments today demanded that fisheries conservation measures be removed from the EU’s exclusive powers proposed in the draft Constitution for Europe.

The draft Constitution, published last week, seeks to put the fisheries issue on the same level as such integral European policies as monetary policy within the Euro-zone and customs union.

SNP Shadow Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead and Euro-MPs Ian Hudghton and Neil MacCormick have pledged to raise the issue at the highest levels in Edinburgh and Brussels.The SNP members plan to:- write to Scottish Fisheries Minister Ross Finnie demanding that the Scottish government take up the case;raise the issue at the next meeting of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee;table amendments to the proposed EU Constitution at the Convention on the Future of Europe through Neil MacCormick, Scotland’s only elected member of the Convention.

Mr Lochhead said:”It is typical that it is the SNP in Europe fighting Scotland’s corner. For the EU to propose exclusive competence over fisheries conservation is just barmy when it is the Common Policies which have brought us to this current crisis.”