A New Tool for Financing the Common Fisheries Policy Reform
At today's meeting, ministers had an orientation debate on a proposal for a new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). This proposal is related both to the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 currently under discussion and to the ongoing reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) covering the same period.
"The purpose is to achieve sustainable fishing", stated Mr Aletraris, the Cyprus minister presiding over the meeting.
The new fund is aimed at helping attain the objectives of both the CFP and the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) and is structured around the following pillars:
- Smart green fisheries, enabling a smooth transition to sustainable fishing;
- Smart green aquaculture, to give EU consumers access to healthy and nutritional food produced by a competitive and sustainable industry;
- Sustainable and inclusive development of communities depending on fisheries,
- Cross-sectoral maritime policies generating savings and growth.
In addition to these four pillars, the EMFF will fund a series of measures including data collection, scientific advice, controls, governance and technical assistance
At today's meeting, ministers focused on:
- The flexibility for member states to make transfers between different budget headings within this fund.
- The scope of additional measures to include in the fund.
The Council Presidency aims to secure an agreement on a 'partial general approach' (political agreement on the Council position) at the October meeting. The European Parliament's opinion is likely to be delivered in January.
Council press release (pdf)
Council debate (video in several languages)
Press conference (video in several languages)
TV newsroom (videos)