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EU Fisheries Council partially agrees on EMFF

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

EU Fisheries Council partially agrees on EMFF

At the ministerial discussions at the Council on 22 and 23 October 2012 in Luxembourg Member States’ fisheries ministers reached a partial agreement on how the future Regulation on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Member States agreed to phase out scrapping aid, with a transition period lasting until 2017. They also agreed to retain temporary cessation aid and engine replacement aid, albeit under strict, limited conditions.
The Commission estimates that the maximum possible amount for these subsidies will be less than half what is actually being used for these measures in the EFF (European fisheries fund).  ‘Of course, our proposal is more ambitious'; commented Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, ‘it puts a complete end to the ineffective subsidies of the past, which contributed to overfishing and to the economic decline of the fishing sector.’
Pending further information on the European Parliament’s position, the Commission reiterated that its initial proposal was still on the table, with a view to reaching a compromise agreement between the three institutions.

Source: European Commission