Procedure : 2011/2668(RSP)
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Document selected : B7-0298/2011

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B7-0298/2011

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PV 12/05/2011 - 12.5

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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0297/2011
9.5.2011
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B7-0298/2011

further to Question for Oral Answer B7‑000102/2011

pursuant to Rule 115(5) of the Rules of Procedure


on the crisis in the European fisheries sector caused by rising oil prices


Philippe de Villiers, Juozas Imbrasas on behalf of the EFD Group

European Parliament resolution on the crisis in the European fisheries sector caused by rising oil prices  
B7‑0298/2011

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to Commission Regulation (EC) No 69/2001 of 12 January 2001 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty to de minimis aid,

–   having regard to Commission Regulation (EC) No 875/2007 of 24 July 2007 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty to de minimis aid in the fisheries sector,

–   having regard to the Commission action plan on State aid that initiated a reform of State aid policy from 2005 to 2009,

–   having regard to Council Directive 73/238/EEC of 24 July 1973 on measures to mitigate the effects of difficulties in the supply of crude oil and petroleum products,

–   having regard to Council Directive 2009/119/EC of 14 September 2009 imposing an obligation on Member States to maintain minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products,

–   having regard to Commission Communication COM(2010)0639 entitled ‘Energy 2020 – A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy’,

–   having regard to Regulation (EC) No 663/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a programme to aid economic recovery by granting Community financial assistance to projects in the field of energy,

–   having regard to its resolution P6_TA(2008)0308 on the crisis in the fisheries sector caused by rising fuel oil prices,

–   having regard to Rules 115(5) and 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas it is in the interests of the European Union to safeguard fishing activity, not just for the purposes of preserving economic activity and employment, but also for food safety purposes,

B.  whereas energy is a significant operating cost factor for the fisheries sector and fishing costs are largely determined by the price of oil,

C. whereas rising fuel prices are having an impact on fishermen’s incomes,

D. whereas the economic and financial crisis is particularly affecting industry and SMEs and is posing a threat to activity and employment in primary and secondary sectors,

E.  whereas the political crises in the Maghreb and the Middle East have pushed the price of a barrel of oil above USD 100; whereas the price is still very volatile on account of the risk of political instability in the Arab world in general,

F.  whereas the recent increase in oil prices has led to a crisis in the fisheries sector and prompted serious concerns among fishermen,

G. whereas the price of European fisheries products is established by supply and demand in the fisheries sector; whereas, given the European Union's heavy dependence on imports from third countries (60 %) to supply its internal market, producers have very little or no influence on the price level of fisheries products,

H. having regard to the difficult economic situation facing the fisheries sector, which has already been badly hit by the various vessel-scrapping plans introduced following the reduction in quotas, and to the objective of reducing the size of the Union fleet in the context of the common fisheries policy,

I    having regard to Council Directive 73/238/EEC of 24 July 1973 on measures to mitigate the effects of difficulties in the supply of crude oil and petroleum products, which sought to offset, or at least attenuate, the damaging impact of any problem, even a very short-term one, which substantially reduces supplies of crude oil and petroleum products, including the serious disruption which such a reduction might cause to economic activity in the Union,

J.   whereas the Commission authorises Member States to grant de minimis aid, provided it is transparent, to firms in the fisheries sector, up to a ceiling of EUR 30 000 over a period of three financial years,

1.  Expresses its support for EU fishermen and calls on the Commission and the Council to take measures to facilitate their activities;

2.  Calls on the Commission to raise the ceiling for de minimis aid in the fisheries sector from EUR 30 000 to EUR 60 000 per firm over a period of three financial years;

3.  Reminds the Commission and the Council of the urgent need to improve security of energy supply in the Union and to keep markets better informed and reassure consumers about the sate of oil stocks, particularly as regards availability in the event of a crisis or a shortage;

4.  Calls on the Commission to propose an action plan to assist coastal regions which have an active fisheries sector;

5.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Member States, producer organisations and trawler owners.

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