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Ian Hudghton (Greens/EFA) – Mr President, ten years ago or so in this place I voted against the then package of CFP so-called reform, and here we are, ten more years of over-centralised failure later. I voted against then because it did not include steps towards zonal management. Today we are at least looking at a foundation, as Ms Rodust called it, for the future. Now Member States at least have an opportunity to build on the text that is in this reform package, to determinedly push for more decision-making to be made on a regional basis. I hope that they will, and I hope that the Commission will let it go through. And that for me should include the detailed decision-making about discard elimination, a very complex problem partly caused by CFP regulation. We need time to adjust and to have those regulations that are causing discards changed. We need time to develop even more selectivity to avoid unwanted catches in the first place.