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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004574/2018

EU support to the fisheries and aquaculture sectors provided through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) has been implemented under shared management. The selection and monitoring of projects is the competence of the relevant Member State. These tasks were carried out at local/regional or national level on the basis of strategic priorities defined in the Operational Programme of Spain.

In this sense, and in relation to the specific issues raised in the Honourable Member's question, including the reference to the monitoring of performance of the project, the Member States shall take responsibility in the first instance for the financial control and monitoring of assistance. Thus, they have to ensure that the financial support provided is used in accordance with the principles of sound financial management for the purposes of the programme. This follow-up has been put in place in Spain. For a period of three years, following the payment by the Commission of the final balance in respect of any assistance, the responsible national authorities shall keep available all the supporting documents. The Commission suggests the Honourable Member to contact the competent managing authority for the programme in Spain for further information(1).


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