EU Council: proposal of financial assistance for fisherman approved

April 15, 2020

Hat: EU Council: proposal of financial assistance for fisherman approved

Funding Scheme: 2020-04-15

Pgm2014 2020: Yes

Amorce:

On the 14th April the EU ambassadors agreed the Council’s position on a proposal to help tackle the negative impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the fishery and aquaculture sector by amending the European maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF) and the regulation on the common market organisation (CMO).

Text:

The proposal introduced the following specific measures:

  • Support in relation to the temporary cessation of fishing activities with a maximum co-financing rate of 75 % of eligible public expenditure;
  • Support in relation to the temporary suspension or reduction of aquaculture production and sale;
  • Support to producer organisations and associations of producer organisations for the storage of fishery and aquaculture products;
  • Increasing the quantities eligible for storage aid to 25 % of the annual quantities of the products concerned.

The Council position added the following amendments to the proposal:

  • Inclusion of fishermen on foot (mostly women) as eligible for support in case of temporary cessation;
  • Derogation for temporary cessation for new vessels;
  • Flexibility in order to use 10% of the budgetary funds allocated to Union Priority 3;
  • Granting working capital and compensating the reduction of sales and additional storage costs for aquaculture farmers.

Url description: Consilium Europe - Press corner

Url: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/fr/press/press-releases/2020/04/14/covid-19-outbreak-council-approves-financial-assistance-for-eu-fishermen/