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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

European Commission welcomes EMFF agreement

The European Commission (EC) has welcomed yesterday (28/01/2014)  the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council on the 2014-2020 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The agreement is a crucial step towards the EMFF coming into force later this year to support the implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, welcomed the agreement: "I am pleased to note agreement has now been reached on the EMFF. Compromises are always necessary in such discussions but I am happy that the fund will focus on promoting a sustainable future for the fishing industry and coastal communities. I now look forward to finalising the adoption process and start funding projects on the ground as soon as possible".
The EMFF will support the implementation of the recently adopted reform of the CFP, in particular the rebuilding of fish stocks, reducing the impact of fisheries on the marine environment, and the progressive elimination of wasteful discarding practices. It will support the improvement of fisheries data collection to allow decisions to be based on robust evidence, and fisheries control programmes to ensure that the rules on responsible and sustainable fishing are respected and complied with.
The EMFF will co-finance projects alongside national funding streams with each Member State receiving a share of the total budget. Member States will draw up an operational programme, specifying how they intend to spend the money thus allocated and, once approved by the Commission, the national authorities will decide which projects they wish to support. A legal and technical review of the text agreed today will now be undertaken before a vote in EP plenary and conclusion by the Council finalise the adoption process.

Source: European Commission