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PE 443.044v02-00 A7-0017/2011

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 861/2006 of 22 May 2006 establishing Community financial measures for the implementation of the common fisheries policy and in the area of the Law of the Sea

(COM(2010)0145 – C7-0107/2010 – 2010/0080(COD))

Committee on Fisheries

Rapporteur: João Ferreira

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 861/2006 of 22 May 2006 establishing Community financial measures for the implementation of the common fisheries policy and in the area of the Law of the Sea

(COM(2010)0145 – C7-0107/2010 – 2010/0080(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2010)0145),

–   having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 43 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0107/2010),

–   having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–   having regard to the contributions submitted by the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal and by the Italian Senate on the draft legislative act,

–   having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee(1),

–   having regard to Rule 55 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Fisheries (A7-0017/2011),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.

Amendment 1

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Recital 17 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(17a) The terms used in Regulation (EC) No 861/2006 need to be adapted to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which entered into force on 1 December 2009.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 2 a (new)

Regulation (EC) No 861/2006

Article 3 – point b a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a. The following point is added to Article 3:

 

(ba) safeguarding coastal fishing activities, in parallel with the development of industrial fishing;

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 3

Regulation (EC) No 861/2006

Article 5

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Community financial measures referred to in Articles 9, 10 and 11 shall contribute to the objective of improving data collection, management and use and scientific advice on the state of the resources, the level of fishing, the impact that fisheries have on the resources and the marine eco-system and on the performance of the fishing industry, within and outside Community waters, by providing financial support to the Member States to establish multi-annual aggregated and science based datasets which incorporate biological, technical, environmental and socio-economic information."

“Community financial measures referred to in Articles 9, 10 and 11 shall contribute to the objective of improving data collection, management and use and scientific advice on the state of the resources, the level of fishing, the impact that fisheries have on the resources and the marine eco-system, on the degree of commercial dependence on the Union’s market for fisheries and aquaculture products and on the performance of the fishing industry, within and outside Community waters, by providing financial support to the Member States to establish multi-annual aggregated and science based datasets which incorporate biological, technical, environmental and socio-economic information.”

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 5 – point a

Regulation (EC) No 861/2006

Article 8 – point a – point i

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

“(i) investments, relating to control activities carried out by administrative bodies or by the private sector, in:

“(i) investments, relating to control activities carried out by the competent national authorities, by administrative bodies, or by the private sector, in:

- purchase and installation of technology, including hard- and software, vessel detection systems (VDS) and IT networks allowing to gather, administer, validate, analyse, develop sampling methods and exchange data related to fisheries;

- purchase and/or development and installation of technology, including hard- and software, vessel detection systems (VDS), IT networks with which to gather, administer, validate, analyse, and develop sampling methods and exchange data related to fisheries, and websites related to control;

- purchase and installation of the components necessary to ensure data transmission from actors involved in fishing and the marketing of fisheries products to the relevant Member State and Community authorities, including the necessary components for electronic recording and reporting systems (ERS), vessel monitoring systems (VMS), and automatic identification systems (AIS);

- purchase and/or development and installation of the components necessary to ensure data transmission from actors involved in fishing and the marketing of fisheries products to the relevant Member State and Community authorities, including the necessary components for electronic recording and reporting systems (ERS), vessel monitoring systems (VMS), and automatic identification systems (AIS);

- implementation of programs aiming at exchanging and analysing data between Member States;

- implementation of programs aiming at exchanging and analysing data between Member States;

- purchase and modernisation of control means;

- purchase and/or development and modernisation of control means;”

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 5 – point c

Regulation (EC) No 861/2006

Article 8 – point a – point iii

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

“(iii) implementation of pilot projects related to fisheries control, including development of web-sites related to control;”

“(iii) implementation of pilot projects related to fisheries control;”

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 6

Regulation (EC) No 861/2006

Article 9

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Measures in the area of basic data collection, management and use

“Measures in the area of basic data collection, management and use

In the area of data collection, management and use, the following expenditure shall be eligible for Community financial support in the framework of multi-annual national programmes:

In the area of data collection, management and use, the following expenditure shall be eligible for Community financial support in the framework of multi-annual national programmes:

(a) expenditure incurred for the collection of biological, technical, environmental and socio-economic data in relation to commercial and recreational fisheries, including sampling, at-sea-monitoring and research surveys, and the collection of socio-economic data in the aquaculture and processing industry, as laid down in the multi-annual Community programme;

(a) expenditure incurred for the collection of biological, technical, environmental and socio-economic data in relation to commercial and recreational fisheries, including sampling, at-sea-monitoring and research surveys, and the collection of environmental and socio-economic data in the aquaculture and processing industry, as laid down in the multi-annual Community programme;

(b) expenditure incurred for measures related to the management, development, enhancement and exploitation of data referred to in point (a);

(b) expenditure incurred for measures related to the management, development, enhancement and exploitation of data referred to in point (a);

(c) expenditure incurred for measures related to the use of the data referred to in point (a), such as estimates of biological parameters, production of data sets for scientific analysis and advice;

(c) expenditure incurred for measures related to the use of the data referred to in point (a), such as estimates of biological parameters, production of data sets for scientific analysis and advice;

(d) expenditure incurred for the participation in Regional Coordination Meetings, relevant scientific meetings of regional fisheries management organisations of which the Community is a contracting party or observer, and in meetings of international bodies in charge of providing scientific advice.”

(d) expenditure incurred for participation in regional coordination meetings, relevant scientific meetings of regional fisheries management organisations of which the Community is a contracting party or observer, and in meetings of international bodies in charge of providing scientific advice.”

Justification

Given that aquaculture is being viewed as a sector of growing importance and offers prospects for development, the collection, management, and use arrangements should apply to basic environmental data as well as to socio-economic data.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 9 – point c a (new)

Regulation (EC) No 861/2006

Article 12 – point d – point ii

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) in paragraph (d), point (ii) is replaced by the following:

 

(ii) providing very wide access to data and explanatory material concerning in particular Commission proposals through the development of the [...] Internet websites of the appropriate Commission departments and producing a regular publication, as well as organising information and training seminars for opinion formers.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 14 – point a

Regulation (EC) No 861/2006

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

“1. Applications by Member States for Community financial measures shall be submitted to the Commission by 31 October prior to the year of implementation concerned.”

“1. Applications by Member States for Community financial measures shall be submitted to the Commission by 15 November prior to the year of implementation concerned.”

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 16

Regulation (EC) No 861/2006

Article 22

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Community financial contribution to the expenditure incurred by the Member States for the collection, management and use of the basic fisheries data referred to in Article 9 shall be provided in accordance with the procedures set out in this Section.”

“The Community financial contribution to the expenditure incurred by the Member States for the collection, management and use of the basic data referred to in Article 9 shall be provided in accordance with the procedures set out in this Section.”

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 19

Regulation (EC) No 861/2006

Article 32 a

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Notwithstanding Article 32 of this Regulation, the second indent of Article 3 and Articles 4 and 6 of Decision 2000/439/EC, as well as the Annex to that Decision, shall continue to apply to the 2007 and 2008 national programmes in the field of data collection and management.

“Notwithstanding Article 32 of this Regulation, the rules set out in Article 3, second indent, in Articles 4 and 6 of and in the Annex to Decision 2000/439/EC, as applicable on 31 December 2006, shall apply by analogy to the national programmes for the collection and management of data for the years 2007 and 2008.

(1)

Opinion of 15 July 2010, not yet published in the Official Journal.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Regulation (EC) No 861/2006, establishing Community financial measures for the implementation of the common fisheries policy and in the area of the Law of the Sea, is an important EU financing tool where fisheries are concerned and one of the two principal means employed – the other being the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) – to translate the CFP into practice. It provides for funding in the following areas: international relations, governance, data collection, scientific advice, and CFP control systems and enforcement.

Regarding each sphere of activity, this regulation applies in conjunction with other regulations or decisions. That related legislation has changed in some respects since the adoption of Regulation (EC) No 861/2006, which consequently needs to be amended in order to bring all of the elements into a coherent relationship within the legislative framework.

The Commission is also seeking to clarify the scope of some of the measures financed and to improve the wording of certain articles. Furthermore, it considers, in the light of experience, that a number of minor adjustments should be made to enable the provisions of the regulation to be geared more effectively to real needs.

The rapporteur accepts the grounds for the revision of the regulation and believes that, on the whole, the Commission’s proposed amendments are consistent with the aims set out above.

Notwithstanding the limited extent of the revision proposed, which essentially does not alter the objectives and structure of Regulation (EC) No 821/2006, he thinks it right to table some additional amendments, which, though confined to single points, could help to bring the legislation more closely into line with certain recent trends in the sector and with its future prospects.

Specifically, it is being increasingly recognised across the board that fisheries management has to be based on up-to-date accurate scientific knowledge of stock status. This is a sine qua non of sustainable fisheries development. The rapporteur therefore considers that it should be permissible to raise the co-financing rates laid down in the area of basic data collection, management, and use; the maximum proposed, 75%, should likewise apply to additional data collection, management, and use.

Given that aquaculture is being viewed as a sector of increasing importance – witness the report recently produced, debated, and adopted on ‘a new impetus for the Strategy for the Sustainable Development of European Aquaculture’ – with realistic prospects for growth (extending also to related activities), the relevant collection, management, and use arrangements should apply to environmental data as well as to socio-economic data; environmental and health monitoring and surveillance could accordingly be carried out, thus helping to make the sector more sustainable.

As regards control, there is undoubtedly greater awareness at the present time of its importance for the sustainability and future of the fisheries sector and as a means of fostering a culture of compliance with the rules. The Member States and their control authorities are playing and must continue to play a central role in overseeing and enforcing control measures in their waters: this is a key way to make comply with the rules and respect stocks. The work in this area needs to draw increasingly on new technologies. If it is to be carried out effectively, Member States have to acquire, or be in a position to develop and modernise, the technologies available. The investment entailed will not invariably – or inevitably – mean that control systems will become more expensive to operate. On the contrary, it could make them more efficient and cheaper to operate.

The amendments to be tabled to Regulation (EC) No 861/2006 should allow the specified co-financing rates to be raised in this area too. It is thus proposed that the maximum co-financing rate be 75%, and the Commission should continue to have the option, exercising the powers already conferred on it, of financing certain measures at higher rates.


PROCEDURE

Title

Amendment of Council Regulation (EC) No 861/2006 of 22 May 2006 establishing Community financial measures for the implementation of the common fisheries policy and in the area of the Law of the Sea

References

COM(2010)0145 – C7-0107/2010 – 2010/0080(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

29.4.2010

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

PECH

6.5.2010

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

6.5.2010

 

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

BUDG

3.11.2010

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

João Ferreira

18.5.2010

 

 

Discussed in committee

14.7.2010

26.10.2010

 

 

Date adopted

25.1.2011

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

21

0

0

Members present for the final vote

Josefa Andrés Barea, Antonello Antinoro, João Ferreira, Carmen Fraga Estévez, Pat the Cope Gallagher, Marek Józef Gróbarczyk, Iliana Malinova Iotova, Isabella Lövin, Gabriel Mato Adrover, Guido Milana, Britta Reimers, Crescenzio Rivellini, Ulrike Rodust, Struan Stevenson, Jarosław Leszek Wałęsa

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Jean-Paul Besset, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Luis Manuel Capoulas Santos, Ioannis A. Tsoukalas

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Maurice Ponga, Jutta Steinruck


PROCEDURE

Title

Amendment of Council Regulation (EC) No 861/2006 of 22 May 2006 establishing Community financial measures for the implementation of the common fisheries policy and in the area of the Law of the Sea

References

COM(2010)0145 – C7-0107/2010 – 2010/0080(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

29.4.2010

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

PECH

6.5.2010

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

6.5.2010

 

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

BUDG

3.11.2010

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

João Ferreira

18.5.2010

 

 

Discussed in committee

14.7.2010

26.10.2010

 

 

Date adopted

25.1.2011

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

21

0

0

Members present for the final vote

Josefa Andrés Barea, Antonello Antinoro, João Ferreira, Carmen Fraga Estévez, Pat the Cope Gallagher, Marek Józef Gróbarczyk, Iliana Malinova Iotova, Isabella Lövin, Gabriel Mato Adrover, Guido Milana, Britta Reimers, Crescenzio Rivellini, Ulrike Rodust, Struan Stevenson, Jarosław Leszek Wałęsa

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Jean-Paul Besset, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Luis Manuel Capoulas Santos, Ioannis A. Tsoukalas

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Maurice Ponga, Jutta Steinruck

Date tabled

31.1.2011

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