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Parliamentary questions
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24 June 2019
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001891/2019

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) can provide compensation to mollusc farmers for the temporary suspension of their activities due to exceptional mass mortality, if the mortality rate exceeds 20%, or if the loss resulting from the suspension of the activity amounts to more than 35% of the annual turnover of the business concerned. This is calculated on the basis of the average turnover of that business over the three calendar years preceding the year in which the activities were suspended(1). The measure and methodology for the calculation of such support are included in the EMFF Operational Programme of Italy(2).

The EMFF can also support stock insurance schemes safeguarding the income of aquaculture producers. In such cases, the EMFF may contribute to an aquaculture stock insurance scheme covering economic losses due to natural disasters; adverse climatic events; sudden water quality and quantity changes for which the operator is not responsible; diseases in aquaculture, failure or destruction of production facilities for which the operator is not responsible(3).

It is the Italian EMFF authorities’ responsibility to implement such measures as provided for in the Operational Programme for Italy.

Under Union Priority 4(4), the EMFF is already supporting the economy and jobs that depend on fisheries and aquaculture in the area via the fisheries local action group ‘Chioggia and Delta del Po’. It is up to the Italian authorities to decide how to promote collaboration between various stakeholders in this area.

Should the Italian Authorities wish to discuss the situation on shellfish farming with the Commission and/or exchange with Member States they can propose a respective agenda point for the next technical meeting of EU Member States experts on aquaculture, which is expected to be held after the summer.

(1)Article 56(1)(f) of Regulation (EU) No 508/2014, OJ L 149, 20.5.2014, p. 1.
(2)Article 18(2) of Regulation (EU) No 508/2014, OJ L 149, 20.5.2014, p. 1.
(3)Article 57 of Regulation (EU) No 508/2014, OJ L 149, 20.5.2014, p. 1.
(4)Article 6(4) of Regulation (EU) No 508/2014, OJ L 149, 20.5.2014, p. 14.

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