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Tuesday, 07 January 2014

Negotiations on European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) suspended

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund is supposed to help fishermen adapt to the key principles of the common fisheries policy (CFP) reform, such as preserving fish stocks by better aligning catches with scientific advice and implementing a discard ban, the Council informs. Despite all the efforts and intense talks during the last months, the negotiations on the EMFF were suspended on Thursday 19 December. The negotiators could not find a satisfactory solution on the budgetary allocations for the measures under shared and direct management, on engine replacement and several other issues.
The European Commission regrets that, despite substantial progress, Parliament and Council could not agree on the few outstanding issues during the December's trialogue on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The Commission remains committed to facilitate an agreement between the co-legislators that is in line with the key objectives of the Commission's proposal to support the implementation of a reformed Common Fisheries Policy and the further development and implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy.
The new fund is to replace the existing European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and a number of other instruments. The EMFF regulation was expected to become operational in January 2014. "Given the maturity of the file we believe that the agreement still can be reached in the first weeks of the next year", said the Deputy Permanent Representative of Lithuania in the EU ambassador Arunas Vinciunas.

Source: European Commission, Council of the EU, European Parliament, Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU