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Parliamentary questions
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30 November 2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005363/2018

The Commission is dedicated to achieving the environmental, economic and social objectives of the common fisheries policy (CFP) in a balanced manner, in order to ensure a sustainable management of fisheries in the long term. The restoration of healthy fish stocks will benefit the fishing industry by providing conditions for a profitable activity and a fair standard of living for those who depend on this activity.

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) supports the achievement of these objectives. It grants financial support to innovative projects, for example selective fishing techniques, improvement of marketing conditions and investments on board fishing vessels. The Commission’s proposal for a post-2020 EMFF(1) strengthens and simplifies this support in order to allow a fair standard of living in coastal areas as well as quality products for consumers. In particular, the Commission’s proposal foresees a preferential treatment for small-scale coastal fishermen through a higher aid intensity rate.

To ensure that the rules of the CFP are followed in practice, a control system has been designed to monitor that only the allowed quantities of fish are caught and to combat illegal fishing, among others.

The first signs that this work is paying off are already being seen. Fisheries in Europe are making steady progress towards more sustainable fishing practises. The economic performance of the EU fleet continued to improve with the net profits amounting to EUR 1.3 billion in 2016(2). There is, however, still important work to do in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, where the situation remains worrying. The political commitments have been built with the ‘MedFish4ever’(3) and Sofia Declarations(4). They now need to be turned into concrete action.

(1)COM(2018) 390 final.
(2)Commission Communication on the State of Play of the common fisheries policy COM(2018) 452 final.

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