Procedure : 2011/2668(RSP)
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Document selected : B7-0299/2011

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Debates :

OJ 09/05/2011 - 236

Votes :

PV 12/05/2011 - 12.5

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0297/2011

further to Questions for Oral Answer B7‑0306/2011, B7‑0307/2011, B7‑0308/2011, B7‑0310/2011, B7‑0311/2011 and B7‑0313/2011

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

on the European fisheries sector crisis due to the rise in oil prices

Marek Józef Gróbarczyk on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on the European fisheries sector crisis due to the rise in oil prices  

The European Parliament,

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

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

–   having regard to the Commission Communication COM(2008) of 11 June 2008 on facing the challenge of higher oil prices,

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

A. whereas the European fisheries sector contributes to support the Union's food security,

B.  whereas the rise in oil price affects in a negative way possibilities of pursuing fishery activities and in consequence lowers fishermen's income,

C. whereas the financial and economic crisis particularly impacts the industry sector and the small and medium enterprises (SME) and jeopardizes activity and employment in the primary and secondary sectors,

D. whereas political crises in the Arab world have led to a rise in oil prices over 100 dollars/barrel,

E.  whereas the recent rise in oil prices crisis contributes to difficult situation of the European fisheries sector,

F.  whereas political situation in the Arab world is still uncertain which may lead to further increase in oil prices and possibly oil and petroleum products supply disturbances,

G. whereas the Council directive 73/238 of July 24th 1973, aims at reducing the effects of difficulty of procurement in the crude oil and petroleum products and aiming notably at compensating or at least reducing, the harmful effects of any difficulty, even temporary, having the effect of considerably reducing supplies of such products could cause serious disturbances in the economic activity of the EU,

H. whereas the Commission authorises the Member States to grant De minimis aid when it is considered transparent, up to a ceiling of 30 000 euros on a three year period to fishing firms,

1.  Expresses its support to EU Fishermen and invites the Commission and the Council to take the appropriate measures to facilitate the activity of fishermen;


2.  Asks the Commission to increase the ceiling of the de minimis aid from 30 000 to 60 000 euros per firm throughout the period of three years;

3.  Calls on the Commission to examine possible ways of helping the EU fisheries sector suffering from rising oil prices that could be implemented in the nearest future;

4.  Recalls the Commission and the Council the urgency to reinforce the Union procurement security in energy, but also to better inform the markets and to reassure the consumers on the state of crude oil stocks, particularly concerning the availability in case of crisis or shortage;

5.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the producers' organisations and to the European fishing industries.

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