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Friday, 25 October 2013

European Parliament supports help for fishermen but reject subsidies for fleet renewal

On Wednesday 23 October, in Strasbourg,  Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) rejected calls for EU subsidies to be paid for fishing boats renewal but approved payment of subsidies to help fishermen adjust to change and provide funding for small ports affected by declines in fish landings. The vote on the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will provide €6 billion towards the fishing industry between 2014 and 2020. Nils Torvalds, MEP (Finland) said  "Fleet renewal would have turned the clock back to 2002 when it was phased out in the EU. That would have sent a signal to the rest of the world that even though many of our waters are overfished we would subsidize new building of vessels with taxpayers money."

Source: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)