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A7-0282/2013

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CRE 23/10/2013 - 11.6
PV 12/12/2013 - 12.10
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PV 16/04/2014 - 14.5
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P7_TA(2013)0441
P7_TA(2014)0443

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PE 494.539v03-00 A7-0282/2013

on the amended proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1198/2006 and Council Regulation (EC) No 861/2006 and Council Regulation No XXX/2011 on integrated maritime policy

(COM(2013)0245 – C7-0108/2013 – 2011/0380(COD))

Committee on Fisheries

Rapporteur: Alain Cadec

ERRATA/ADDENDA
DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION OF THE COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AFFAIRS ON THE LEGAL BASIS
 OPINION of the Committee on Budgets
 OPINION of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
 OPINION of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
 OPINION of the Committee on Regional Development
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the amended proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1198/2006 and Council Regulation (EC) No 861/2006 and Council Regulation No XXX/2011 on integrated maritime policy

(COM(2013)0245 – C7-0108/2013 – 2011/0380(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2011)0804) and the amended proposal COM(2013)0245),

–   having regard to Article 294(2) and Articles 42, 43(2),91(1), 100(2), 173(3), 175, 188, 192(1), 194(2) and 195(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7–0108/2013),

- having regard to the opinion of the Committee on Legal Affairs on the proposed legal basis,

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

–   having regard to the opinions of the European Economic and Social Committee of 22 May 2013 (1),

–   having regard to Rules 55 and 37 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Fisheries and the opinions of the Committee on Budgets, the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Committee on Regional Development (A7-0282/2013),

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

Draft legislative resolution

Paragraph 1 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1c. Recalls that, in its resolution of 8 June 2011, Parliament stressed that fisheries resources constitute a public good vital for global food security; it pointed to the fact that the fisheries and aquaculture sector and related activities are often the main source of livelihood and sustainable employment in coastal, island and remote regions; it furthermore considered that, in order to achieve its medium and long–term goals (stable, sustainable and viable fisheries sector), to recover its fish stocks and to tackle the social aspects linked to the reduction of fishing effort, the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) will need adequate financial resources after 2013;

 

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1 Texts adopted, P7_TA(2011)0266.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Citation 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 42, Article 43(2), Article 91(1), Article 100(2), Article 173(3), Article 175, Article 188, Article 192(1), Article 194(2) and Article 195(2) thereof,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 42, Article 43(2), Article 91(1), Article 100(2), Article 173(3), Article 175, Article 188, Article 192(1), Article 194(2), Article 195(2) and Article 349 thereof,

Justification

Reference should be made to Article 349 of the Treaty in the legal bases in order to take account of the specific arrangements for the outermost regions.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(1a) The strategic importance of the fisheries sector for the socio-economic situation, for the public supply of fish and for the food balance of the different Member States and of the Union, as well as its considerable contribution to the socio-economic well-being of coastal communities, to local development, to employment, to the maintenance/creation of economic activities and of jobs both upstream and downstream, to the supply of fresh fish and to the maintenance of local cultural traditions;

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) The scope of the EMFF should cover the support of the CFP which extends to conservation, management and exploitation of marine biological resources, fresh water biological resources and– aquaculture, as well as to the processing and marketing of fishery and aquaculture products, where such activities take place on the territory of Member States, or in Union waters, including by fishing vessels flying the flag of, and registered in, third countries, or by Union fishing vessels, or by nationals of Member States, without prejudice to the primary responsibility of the flag State, bearing in mind the provisions of Article 117 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

(2) The scope of the EMFF should cover the support of the CFP which extends to conservation, management and sustainable exploitation of marine biological resources, fresh water biological resources and aquaculture, as well as to the processing and marketing of fishery and aquaculture products, where such activities take place on the territory of Member States, or in Union waters, or by Union fishing vessels, or by nationals of Member States, without prejudice to the primary responsibility of the flag State, bearing in mind the provisions of Article 117 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Justification

Providing support for non–EU fishing vessels is not part of the EMFF’s remit.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2a) It should be stressed that the CFP is a food-related policy, justifying public intervention through the EMFF in order to maintain the food security of citizens of the Union.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2b) The EMFF should take full account of the specific situation of the outermost regions pursuant toArticle 349 TFEU. The situation of the outermost regions and the specific nature of the fisheries sector in them means that the CFP and the associated funds, in particular the EMFF, should be adapted to the specific features, constraints, additional costs and realities of those regions, which profoundly differ from the rest of the Union. To that end, specific measures should be authorised for these regions.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2c) The future EMFF should make full allowance for the problems and specific needs of –small scale fisheries, bearing in mind that, in the Union, the –small scale fleet is the one whichemploys the greatest number of peopleper fish caught.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) The success of the Common Fisheries Policy depends on an effective system of control, inspection and enforcement as well as on reliable complete data, both for scientific advice and for implementation and control purposes; therefore the EMFF should support these policies.

(3) The success of the Common Fisheries Policy depends on an effective system of control, inspection, including workplace inspections and enforcement as well as on reliable complete data, both for scientific advice and for implementation and control purposes; therefore the EMFF should support these policies.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3a) In order to foster in fishermen a sense ofownership of the CFP, thereby contributing to the correct implementation and the overall success of the CFP, the EMFF should support partnership, cooperation and dialogue between scientists and fishermen.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) The scope of the EMFF should cover the support to the IMP which extends to the development and implementation of coordinated operations and decision–making in relation to the oceans, seas, coastal regions and maritime sectors complementing the different EU policies that touch upon them, notably the Common Fisheries Policies, transport, industry, territorial cohesion, environment, energy and tourism. Coherence and integration should be ensured in the management of different sectoral policies within the Baltic Sea, North Sea, Celtic Seas, Bay of Biscay and the Iberian Coast, Mediterranean and Black Sea sea basins.

(4) The scope of the EMFF should cover the support to the IMP which extends to the development and implementation of coordinated operations and decision–making in relation to the oceans, seas, coastal regions and maritime sectors complementing the different EU policies that touch upon them, notably the Common Fisheries Policies, transport, industry, territorial cohesion, environment, energy and tourism, areas for which it is necessary to promote scientific research, professional competence and training. Coherence and integration should be ensured in the management of different sectoral policies within the Baltic Sea, North Sea, Celtic Seas, Bay of Biscay and the Iberian Coast, Mediterranean and Black Sea sea basins.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

((4a) When defining and implementing the policies and actions relating to the reform of the CFP, IMP and EMFF, the Union should take into account requirements linked to the promotion of a high level of employment, a guarantee of adequate social protection, the fight against social exclusion and a high level of education, training and protection of human health, in accordance with Article 9 TFEU.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) In line with the conclusions of the European Council of 17 June 2010, whereby the Europe 2020 Strategy was adopted, the Union and Member States should implement the delivery of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, while promoting harmonious development of the Union. In particular, resources should be concentrated to meet the Europe 2020 objectives and targets and effectiveness should be improved by an increased focus on results. The inclusion of the IMP in the new EMFF also contribute to the major policy objectives set out in the Communication from the Commission of 3 March 2010 ‘Europe 2020 – A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (‘Europe 2020 Strategy’) and is in line with the general objectives to increase economic, social and territorial cohesion set out in the Treaty.

(5) In line with the conclusions of the European Council of 17 June 2010, whereby the Europe 2020 Strategy was adopted, the Union and Member States should implement the delivery of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, while promoting harmonious development of the Union. In particular, resources should be concentrated to meet the Europe 2020 objectives and targets, and in particular those linked to employment and the fight against poverty, social exclusion and climate change. Furthermore, effectiveness should be improved by an increased focus on results. The inclusion of the IMP in the new EMFF also contribute to the major policy objectives set out in the Communication from the Commission of 3 March 2010 ‘Europe 2020 – A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (‘Europe 2020 Strategy’) and is in line with the general objectives to increase economic, social and territorial cohesion set out in the Treaty.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) To ensure that the EMFF contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the CFP, the IMP and the Europe 2020 Strategy, it is necessary to focus on a limited number of core priorities relating to fostering innovation and knowledge based fisheries and aquaculture, promoting sustainable and resource–efficient fishing and aquaculture, and increasing employment and territorial cohesion by unlocking the growth and job potential of coastal and inland fisheries communities and promoting diversification of fisheries activities into other sectors of the marine economy.

(6) To ensure that the EMFF contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the CFP, the IMP and the Europe 2020 Strategy, it is necessary to identify a range of core priorities relating to fostering innovation and knowledge based fisheries and aquaculture, promoting sustainable and resource–efficient fishing and aquaculture, and increasing employment and territorial cohesion by unlocking the growth and job potential of coastal and inland fisheries communities and promoting diversification of fisheries activities into other sectors of the marine economy.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7a) The EMFF should contribute to improving the standards of living of those who depend on fishing, guaranteeing better working standards for fishermen, in particular through ensuring compliance with legislation on health and safety in the workplace and with the provisions of collective labour agreements.

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7b) In order to avoid confusion about the application and impact of specific financial measures of the EMFF on the various stakeholders who participate in the fishing sector, it will be useful to introduce a clear distinction between ship owners and wage–earning fishermen, as has already been set forth in ILO Convention No 188.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8) The overall objective of the Common Fisheries Policy is to ensure that fishing and aquaculture activities contribute to long–term sustainable environmental conditions which are necessary for economic and social development. It should contribute moreover to increased productivity, a fair standard of living for the fisheries sector, stable markets, ensure the availability of resources and that supplies reach consumers at reasonable prices.

(8) The overall objective of the Common Fisheries Policy is to ensure that fishing and aquaculture activities contribute to long–term economic, social and environmentally sustainable development. It should contribute moreover to increased productivity, a fair standard of living for the fisheries sector, stable markets, ensure the availability of resources and that supplies reach consumers at reasonable prices.

Justification

The economic, social and environmental pillars should not be ranked hierarchically.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) It is paramount to better integrate environmental concerns into the CFP which should deliver on the objectives and targets of the Union's environmental policy and the Europe 2020 Strategy. The CFP is aimed at an exploitation of living marine biological resources that restores and maintains fish stocks at levels which can produce the maximum sustainable yield, not later than 2015. The CFP should implement the precautionary and eco–system approaches to fisheries management. Consequently the EMFF should contribute to the protection of the marine environment as set out in the Directive 2008/56/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 17 June 2008 establishing a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy (Marine Strategy Framework Directive)

(9) It is paramount to better integrate environmental concerns into the CFP which should deliver on the objectives and targets of the Union's environmental policy and the Europe 2020 Strategy. The CFP is aimed at an exploitation of living marine biological resources that restores and maintains fish stocks at levels which can produce the maximum sustainable yield by 2015, where possible, and in any event by 2020. The CFP should implement a balanced approach to sustainable development, which it should achieve through fisheries planning, exploitation and management which takes into account aspirations and current social needs, without undermining the advantages that future generations should be able to derive from all the goods and services arising from marine eco–systems. Consequently the EMFF should contribute to the protection of the marine environment as set out in the Directive 2008/56/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 17 June 2008 establishing a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy (Marine Strategy Framework Directive)

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9a) The measures financed through the EMFF should comply with Articles 39 and 41 TFEU, which refer to a balanced approach in the use of labour law and effective coordination as regards vocational training.

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) Since the objectives of this Regulation cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States given the scale and effects of the operations to be financed under the operational programmes and the structural problems encountered in the development of the fisheries and maritime sectors as well as the limited financial resources of the Member States, these objectives can therefore be better achieved at Union level by providing multi–annual financial assistance focused on the relevant priorities, the Union may adopt measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5(3) of the Treaty on the European Union. In accordance with the principle of proportionality as set out in Article 5(4) of that Treaty, this Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve that objective.

(10) Since the objectives of this Regulation cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States given the scale and effects of the operations to be financed under the operational programmes and the structural problems encountered in the development of the fisheries, aquaculture and maritime sectors as well as the limited financial resources of the Member States, these objectives can therefore be better achieved at Union level by providing multi–annual financial assistance focused on the relevant priorities, the Union may adopt measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5(3) of the Treaty on the European Union. In accordance with the principle of proportionality as set out in Article 5(4) of that Treaty, this Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve that objective.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) The financing of the Common Fisheries Policy and Maritime Integrated Policy expenditure through a single fund, the EMFF, should address the need for simplification as well as strengthening the integration of both policies. The extension of shared management to Common Markets Organisations including the compensation for the outermost regions, control and data collection activities should further contribute to simplification and reduce the administrative burden both for the Commission and the Member States as well as achieve greater coherence and efficiency of the support granted.

(11) The financing of the Common Fisheries Policy and Maritime Integrated Policy expenditure through a single fund, the EMFF, should address the need for simplification as well as strengthening the integration of both policies. The extension of shared management to Common Markets Organisations including the compensation for the outermost regions, control and data collection and management activities should further contribute to simplification and reduce the administrative burden both for the Commission and the Member States as well as achieve greater coherence and efficiency of the support granted.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11a) The financing should be as defined in point 17 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of XX/201Z between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on cooperation in budgetary matters and sound financial management.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11b) Any financing should be without prejudice to the provisions of the Regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014–2020 and the Interinstitutional Agreement of xxx/201z between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on cooperation in budgetary matters and sound financial management.

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) The Union budget should finance the Common Fisheries Policy and the Integrated Maritime Policy expenditure through a single fund, the EFMF, either directly or in the context of shared management with the Member States. Shared management with the Member States should apply not only to measures to support fisheries, aquaculture and community–led local development but also to Common Markets Organisations and the compensation for the outermost regions, control and data collection activities. Direct management should apply to scientific advice, voluntary contributions to Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, advisory councils and operations for the implementation of an Integrated Maritime Policy. The types of measures that can be financed using the EMFF should be specified.

(12) The Union budget should finance the Common Fisheries Policy and the Integrated Maritime Policy expenditure through a single fund, the EFMF, either directly or in the context of shared management with the Member States. Shared management with the Member States should apply not only to measures to support fisheries, aquaculture and community–led local development but also to marketing and processing measures and to the compensation for the outermost regions, control and data collection activities. Direct management should apply to the preparation of production and marketing plans, storage aid, scientific advice, voluntary contributions to Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, advisory councils and operations for the implementation of an Integrated Maritime Policy. The types of measures that can be financed using the EMFF should be specified.

Justification

It is essential to ensure that a level playing field exists for POs throughout the European Union and that the funding for the preparation of production and marketing plans and storage aid is by direct means.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14) According to Articles 50 and 51 of the [Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy] (hereinafter CFP Regulation) Union financial assistance under EMFF should be made conditional upon compliance by Member States as well as by operators with the rules of the CFP. This conditionality is intended to reflect the responsibility of the Union to ensure, in public interest, conservation of marine biological resources under the CFP, as enshrined in Article 3 of the TFEU.

(14) According to Articles 50 and 51 of the [Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy] (hereinafter CFP Regulation) Union financial assistance under EMFF should be made conditional upon compliance by Member States as well as by operators with the rules of the CFP. This conditionality is intended to reflect the responsibility of the Union to ensure, in the public interest, the conservation of marine biological resources under the CFP, as well as to ensure respect for requirements linked to the promotion of a high level of employment and to guarantee of adequate social protection, as enshrined in Articles 3 and 9 respectively of the TFEU.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15) The achievement of the objectives of the CFP would be undermined if Union financial assistance under EMFF is disbursed to operators who, ex–ante, do not comply with requirements related to the public interest of conservation of marine biological resources. Therefore only operators should be admissible who, within a particular period of time before lodging an application for aid, were not involved in the operation, management or ownership of fishing vessels included in the Union IUU vessel list as set out in Article 40(3) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 of 29 September 2008 establishing a Community system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, amending Regulation (EEC) No 2847/93, (EC) No 1936/2001 and (EC) No 601/2004 and repealing Regulations (EC) No 1093/94 and (EC) No 1447/1999, and who have not committed a serious infringement under 42 of the Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 or Article 90(1) of the Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009 establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the common fisheries policy, amending Regulations (EC) No 847/96, (EC) No 2371/2002, (EC) No 811/2004, (EC) No 768/2005, (EC) No 2115/2005, (EC) No 2166/2005, (EC) No 388/2006, (EC) No 509/2007, (EC) No 676/2007, (EC) No 1098/2007, (EC) No 1300/2008, (EC) No 1342/2008 and repealing Regulations (EEC) No 2847/93, (EC) No 1627/94 and (EC) No 1966/2006. or other cases of non–compliance with CFP rules which particularly jeopardise the sustainability of the stocks concerned and constitute a serious threats to the sustainable exploitation of living marine biological resources that restores and maintains populations of harvested species above levels which can produce the Maximum Sustainable Yield (hereinafter MSY).

(15) The achievement of the objectives of the CFP would be undermined if Union financial assistance under EMFF is disbursed to operators who, ex–ante, do not comply with requirements related to the public interest of conservation of marine biological resources. Therefore operators should only be admissible on condition that, within a particular period of time before lodging an application for aid, they were not involved in the operation, management or ownership of fishing vessels included in the Union IUU vessel list as set out in Article 40(3) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 of 29 September 2008 establishing a Community system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, amending Regulation (EEC) No 2847/93, (EC) No 1936/2001 and (EC) No 601/2004 and repealing Regulations (EC) No 1093/94 and (EC) No 1447/1999, and they were not involved in the operation, management or ownership of fishing vessels flagged to countries identified as non–cooperating third countries, as referred to in Article 33 of Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008. Equally, operators should only be admissible on condition that they have not committed a serious infringement under Article 42 of the Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 or Article 90(1) of the Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009 establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the common fisheries policy, amending Regulations (EC) No 847/96, (EC) No 2371/2002, (EC) No 811/2004, (EC) No 768/2005, (EC) No 2115/2005, (EC) No 2166/2005, (EC) No 388/2006, (EC) No 509/2007, (EC) No 676/2007, (EC) No 1098/2007, (EC) No 1300/2008, (EC) No 1342/2008 and repealing Regulations (EEC) No 2847/93, (EC) No 1627/94 and (EC) No 1966/2006. or other cases of non–compliance with CFP rules which particularly jeopardise the sustainability of the stocks concerned and constitute a serious threats to the sustainable exploitation of living marine biological resources that restores and maintains populations of harvested species above levels which can produce the Maximum Sustainable Yield (hereinafter MSY).

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 17

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(17) The consequences laid down for the failure to fulfil the eligibility conditions should apply in case of infringements of the CFP rules by the beneficiaries. In order to determine the amount of ineligible expenditure, the gravity of the non compliance by the beneficiary with CFP rules, the economic advantage derived from the non–compliance with CFP rules or the importance of the EMFF contribution to the economic activity of the beneficiary should be taken into account.

(17) The consequences laid down for the failure to fulfil the eligibility conditions should apply in case of infringements of the CFP rules by the beneficiaries. In order to determine the amount of ineligible expenditure, the gravity (including the extent, duration and any re–occurrence) of the non compliance by the beneficiary with CFP rules, the economic advantage derived from the non–compliance with CFP rules or the importance of the EMFF contribution to the economic activity of the beneficiary should be taken into account.

Justification

The gravity of non–compliance by a beneficiary is determined by a number of factors: its severity, extent, duration and re–occurrence

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 18

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(18) The achievement of the objectives of the CFP would also be undermined if Union financial assistance under EMFF is paid to Member States who do not comply with their obligations under the CFP rules related to the public interest of conservation of marine biological resources, such as collecting data and implementing the control obligations. Moreover, without complying with those obligations there is a risk that inadmissible beneficiaries or ineligible operations are not detected by the Member States.

(18) The achievement of the objectives of the CFP would also be undermined if Union financial assistance under EMFF is paid to Member States who do not comply with their obligations to strike a balance between the fishing fleet and the fishing opportunities in accordance with Article 34(1) of the CFP Basic Regulation or their obligations under the CFP rules related to the public interest of conservation of marine biological resources, such as collecting data and implementing the control obligations. Moreover, without complying with those obligations there is a risk that inadmissible beneficiaries or ineligible operations are not detected by the Member States.

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 19

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(19) As precautionary measures, in order to prevent that non compliant payments take place as well as incentivise the Member State to comply with CFP rules or require compliance by the beneficiary, interruption of the payment deadline and suspension of payments, which are timely limited in their scope of application, should both be used. In order to respect the principle of proportionality, the financial corrections which have definite and irrevocable consequences should only apply to expenditure directly linked to operations during which the cases of non–compliance with CFP rules have been committed.

(Does not affect English version.)

Justification

(Does not affect English version.)

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 20

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(20) In order to improve coordination and harmonise implementation of the Funds providing support under the cohesion policy, namely the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF), with the Funds for rural development, namely the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), and for the maritime and fisheries sector, namely the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), common provisions have been established for all these Funds (the 'CSF Funds') in the [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions]. In addition to this Regulation, the EMFF contains specific provisions due to the particularities of the CFP and the IMP.

(20) In order to improve coordination and harmonise implementation of the Funds providing support under the cohesion policy, namely the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF), with the Funds for rural development, namely the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), and for the maritime and fisheries sector, namely the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), common provisions have been established for all these Funds (the 'CSF Funds') in the [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions]. It should also be stressed that the Funds may be used in a complementary manner so that the priorities of the Union's cohesion policy and the Europe 2020 strategy can be achieved more efficiently; attention should be drawn in this connection to the need for synergy between the EMFF and the ESF in order to achieve the key objectives relating to employment and the fight against poverty and social exclusion. In addition to this Regulation, the EMFF contains specific provisions due to the particularities of the CFP and the IMP.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 22

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(22) Action by the Union should be complementary to action carried out by Member States or seek to contribute to that action. In order to ensure significant added value the partnership between the Commission and Member States should be strengthened through arrangements for the participation of various types of partners with full regard to the institutional competences of the Member States. Particular attention should be paid to ensuring adequate representation for women and minority groups. This partnership concerns regional, local and other public authorities, as well as other appropriate bodies, including those responsible for the environment and for the promotion of equality between men and women, the economic and social partners and other competent bodies. The partners concerned should be involved in the preparation of Partnership Contracts, as well as in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programming.

(22) In order to ensure significant added value the partnership between the Commission, the Member State authorities and the various types of partners should be strengthened through arrangements for the participation of these players including the social partners concerned, with full regard to the institutional competences of the Member States. This partnership concerns regional, local and other public authorities, as well as other appropriate bodies, including those responsible for the environment and for the promotion of equality between men and women, the economic and social partners, the fishing industry and other competent bodies. Given the specific nature of the fishing sector, provision should be made to guarantee the participation of economic and social partners representing the various subsectors and territorial levels, scientific research organisations and national and regional networks of fisheries local action groups (FLAGs). Particular attention should be paid to ensuring adequate representation for women and minority groups. The partners concerned should be involved in the preparation of Partnership Contracts, as well as in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programming.

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(24) The Commission should establish an annual breakdown by Member States of available commitment appropriations using objective and transparent criteria; these criteria should include the historical allocations under Council Regulation (EC) No 1198/2006 and the historical consumption under Council Regulation No 861/2006.

(24) The Commission should establish an annual breakdown by Member States of available commitment appropriations using objective and transparent criteria; these criteria should include the history of allocations under Council Regulation (EC) No 1198/2006 and the historical consumption under Council Regulation No 861/2006.

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 25

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(25) The fulfilment of certain ex–ante conditionalities is of outmost importance in the context of the CFP, especially as regards the submission of a Multiannual National Strategy Plan on Aquaculture and proven administrative capacity to comply with the data requirements for fisheries management and to enforce with the implementation of a Union control, inspection and enforcement system.

(25) The fulfilment of certain ex–ante conditionalities is of outmost importance in the context of the CFP, especially as regards the submission of a Multiannual National Strategy Plan on Aquaculture and proven administrative capacity to comply with the data requirements for fisheries management and to enforce with the implementation of a Union control, inspection and enforcement system; and to ensure the implementation of Union law on working conditions, particularly that related to safety, health, education and training.

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 26

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(26) In line with the goal of simplification, all activities of the EMFF which fall under shared management, including control and data collection, should take the form of one single operational programme per Member State, in accordance with its national structure. The programming exercise shall cover the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020. Each Member State should prepare a single operational programme. Each programme should identify a strategy for meeting targets in relation to the Union priorities for the EMFF and a selection of measures. Programming should comply with Union priorities, while being adapted to national contexts and complement the other Union policies, in particular rural development policy and cohesion policy.

(26) In line with the goal of simplification, all activities of the EMFF which fall under shared management, including control and data collection, should take the form of one single operational programme per Member State, in accordance with its national structure. The programming exercise shall cover the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020. Each Member State should prepare a single operational programme. Each programme should identify a strategy for meeting targets in relation to the Union priorities for the EMFF and a selection of measures. Programming should comply with Union priorities, while being adapted to national and regional contexts, in particular the specific characteristics of the outermost regions, and complement other Union policies, while maintaining the current management and control system, so as not to generate additional costs or cause delays to the implementation of programmes.

Justification

Maintaining the current management and control system, such as the Structural Funds and the EAFRD, will avoid additional costs incurred by modifying information systems and spending extra time adapting manuals and other administrative procedures, which would cause delays to programme implementation.

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 30

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(30) Member States should draw up the section on data collection of the Operational Programme in line with a Multiannual Union programme; In order to adapt to the specific needs of data collection activities, Member States should elaborate annual work plan which should adapted annually under the guidance of the Commission and which should subject to its approval.

(30) Member States should draw up the section on data collection of the Operational Programme in line with a Multiannual Union programme; In order to adapt to the specific needs of data collection and management activities, Member States should elaborate annual work plan which should adapted annually under the guidance of the Commission and which should subject to its approval.

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 31

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(31) In order to increase the competitiveness and economic performance of fishing activities it is vital to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship. Therefore the EMFF should support innovative operations and business development.

(31) In order to increase the competitiveness and economic performance of fishing activities it is vital to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship. Therefore the EMFF should support innovative operations and the ecologically sustainable development of businesses, in accordance with the precautionary principle and an ecosystem–based approach.

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 31 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(31a) As a consequence of the economic turbulence of recent years due to the financial crisis, many young people are experiencing difficulties in gaining the finance needed to enter the fisheries sector. EMFF support should therefore focus inter alia on helping young people gain access to the fishing sector by, for example, by contributing to first–time business start–ups.

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 32

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(32) Investment in human capital is also vital to increase the competitiveness and economic performance of fishing and maritime activities. Therefore, the EMFF should support lifelong learning, co–operation between scientists and fishermen stimulating the dissemination of knowledge as well as for advisory services helping to improve the overall performance and competitiveness of operators.

(32) Investment in human capital is also vital to increase the competitiveness and economic performance of fishing and maritime activities. Therefore, the EMFF should support vocational training (which in addition to covering technical issues should also target knowledge of sustainable fisheries management and the proper handling of fish with a view to achieving greater profitability), improved health and safety and hygiene standards at work, lifelong learning, co–operation between scientists and fishermen stimulating the dissemination of knowledge as well as for advisory services helping to improve the overall performance and competitiveness of operators. In addition, it is important for the EMFF to promote generational renewal and rejuvenate the profession by creating specific mechanisms to encourage young people to enter the sector, namely by raising the status of the fishing profession through ensuring better health and safety and welfare standards on board, training and vocational training, and increased income.

Amendment  38

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 32 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(32a) The EMFF should support –small scale fisheries in order to address issues that are specific to that segment, and to support local, sustainable management of the fisheries involved and the development of coastal communities.

Amendment  39

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 32 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(32b) Whereas small enterprises have difficulty accessing Community aid, the EMFF should encourage the deployment of collective projects and support technical assistance for those responsible for such projects.

Amendment  40

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 32 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(32c) The EMFF should support sustainable locally based fisheries management and the development of coastal communities.

Amendment  41

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 32 d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(32d) The EMFF should foster the involvement of small fishing operators in the –small scale coastal and inland sectors in devising joint projects and should provide technical assistance to the project leaders.

Justification

Support should be provided in particular for joint projects conducted by small–scale and coastal and inland fisheries operators.

Amendment  42

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 33

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(33) Recognising the importance of the role that spouses of self–employed fishermen play in small scale coastal fishing, the EMFF should support training and networking contributing to their professional development and giving them the means to better fulfil the ancillary tasks they traditionally perform.

(33) Recognising the importance of the role that spouses of self–employed fishermen play in small scale coastal fishing, the EMFF should support lifelong training and networking contributing to their professional development and giving them the means to better fulfil the ancillary tasks they traditionally perform or other tasks arising from the diversification of fishing activities.

Amendment  43

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 33 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(33a) The EMFF should provide support for social dialogue at European, national, regional and local level, involving the social partners and enhancing their organisational capabilities.

Justification

The EMFF should foster structured social dialogue in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

Amendment  44

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 33 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(33b) Ancillary fishing and aquaculture activities, designated as such by the Member States – such as those that could be carried out by the net makers, bait suppliers, packers and others dealing directly with fishermen – should be eligible for support from the EMFF for developing their specific activities in order to contribute to improving the functioning of the sector.

Amendment  45

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 34

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(34) Conscious of the weak presence of small scale coastal fishermen in the social dialogue, the EMFF should support organisations promoting this dialogue in the appropriate fora

(34) Conscious of the social and territorial importance of coastal fishermen, the EMFF should support organisations that promote the social dialogue of the coastal fishing sector in the appropriate fora

Amendment  46

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 34 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(34a) Support should be given for the development and implementation of multiannual plans (Articles 9–11 of the Regulation on the CFP)

Amendment  47

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 35

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(35) Conscious of the potential that diversification offers for small scale coastal fishermen and their crucial role in coastal communities, the EMFF should help diversification by covering business start–ups and investments for the retrofitting of their vessels, in addition to the relevant training to acquire professional skills in the relevant field outside fishing activities.

(35) The EMFF should help create jobs by covering business start–ups in the fisheries sector and the development of complementary activities linked to fishing activity, in addition to the relevant training to acquire adequate professional skills.

Amendment  48

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 35 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(35a) In order to ensure generational renewal in the fisheries sector it is important for the EMFF to encourage young people to enter fishing, in particular through incentives for young fishermen who are acquiring a vessel for the first time.

Justification

New recital intended to supplement the rapporteur’s Amendment 93.

Amendment  49

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 35 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(35b) It should be borne in mind that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) considers fishing to be a hazardous occupation by comparison with other occupations, and that various conventions and recommendations have been signed or adopted by that organisation with the aim of promoting decent working conditions for fishermen. The principles contained in such conventions and recommendations should serve as guiding principles for better use of EMFF resources.

Amendment  50

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 36

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(36) In order to address health and safety needs on board, the EMFF should support investments covering safety and hygiene on board.

(36) In order to address health and safety needs on board, the EMFF should support investments covering safety and hygiene on board and improvements in the habitability of vessels.

–Amendment  51

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 37

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(37) As a result of the establishment of systems of transferable fishing concessions envisaged in Article 27 of the [CFP Regulation] and in order to support Member States in the implementation of these new systems, the EMFF should grant support in terms of capacity building and exchange of best practices.

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Justification

The rapporteur is opposed to the introduction of transferable fishing concessions, which would turn fishing rights into tradable commodities and jeopardise the future of small–scale and coastal fishing.

Amendment  52

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 37 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(37a) Recognising the importance of maritime heritage ,the EMFF should support investments for the protection and preservation of maritime heritage and related traditional crafts;

Amendment  53

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 38

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(38) The introduction of the transferable fishing concessions systems should make the sector more competitive. Consequently, there may be a need for new professional opportunities outside the fishing activities. Therefore, the EMFF should support the diversification and job creation in fishing communities in particular by supporting business start–ups and the reassignment of vessels for maritime activities outside fishing activities of small scale coastal fishing vessels. This last operation seems to be appropriate as the small scale coastal fishing vessels are not covered by the transferable fishing concessions systems.

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Justification

The rapporteur is opposed to the introduction of transferable fishing concessions, which would turn fishing rights into tradable commodities and jeopardise the future of small–scale and coastal fishing.

Amendment  54

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 38 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(38a) In line with the objective of creating jobs included in the Europe 2020 strategy, the EMFF must also provide resources for facilitating the adoption of measures for creating and improving employment levels throughout the whole fishing industry, from catching and aquaculture to processing and marketing.

Justification

The EMFF is a fishing fund whose main objective should not be forgotten, which is why, under the Europe 2020 strategy; it should not only be used for the purposes of job creation in other sectors but also, first and foremost, in the fishing sector itself.

Amendment  55

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 38 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(38b) In order to create a sustainable future for the fishing sector, it is important for the EMFF to promote job creation in fishing communities, in particular by supporting new business start–ups and by helping young people to enter professions in the fisheries sector.

Amendment  56

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 39

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(39) The objective of the Common Fisheries Policy is to ensure a sustainable exploitation of fish stocks. Overcapacity has been identified as a major driver for overfishing. It is therefore paramount to adapt the Union fishing fleet to the resources available. The removal of overcapacity through public aid such as temporary or permanent cessation and scrapping schemes has proven ineffective. The EMFF will therefore support the establishment and management of systems of transferable fishing concessions aiming at the reduction of overcapacity and increased economic performance and profitability of the operators concerned.

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Justification

The rapporteur considers the claim that there is overcapacity in the EU fleet to be questionable: overcapacity has yet to be defined by the Commission and is therefore difficult to establish. Even though fishing capacity in some regions may well be too high in comparison with the stocks available, this is still a localised situation and cannot in any way be taken to mean that the same is true in all EU fishing grounds, nor can it be taken as a basic premise.

Amendment  57

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 40

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(40) With overcapacity being one of the key drivers of overfishing, measures need to be taken to adapt the Union fishing fleet to the resources available; in this context, the EMFF should support the establishment, modification and management of the systems of transferable fishing concessions introduced by the CFP as management tools for reducing overcapacity.

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Amendment  58

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 40 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(40a) With a view to modernising and renewing the Union's ageing fleet, the EMFF should contribute towards investment in new fishing vessels to replace obsolete vessels that are scrapped or reassigned to non–fishing activities. Such investment should result in higher standards of on–board safety, energy efficiency and fishing gear selectivity and should not increase fishing capacity.

Justification

The EU fleet is ageing (half of the vessels are more than 25 years old). This situation poses serious problems as regards on–board safety and protection of the marine environment. The EMFF should therefore support fleet renewal, subject to strict conditions, by funding the replacement of obsolete vessels with modern vessels. Under no circumstances must such investment result in an increase in fishing capacity.

Amendment  59

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 40 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(40b) Member States which do not fulfil their data collection and transmission obligations or fail to report their actual fishing fleet capacity should have their funds from the EMFF frozen or decreased.

Amendment  60

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 40 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(40c) In order to guarantee that Member States respect the fishing capacity ceilings established in Annex II [to Regulation (EU) No …/…. on the CFP], the Commission should be authorised to suspend all or part of the payments and commitments for the operational programmes of Member States that fail to respect their capacity ceilings, following a review conducted 3 years after the entry into force of this Regulation.

Justification

It is essential for the Member States to respect their fleets’ capacity ceilings specified in the Basic Regulation. In this connection, the payments and commitments under the EMFF should be suspended for Member States, which fail to respect their capacity ceilings.

Amendment  61

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 40 d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(40d) Member States which do not fulfil their data collection and transmission obligations or fail to report their actual fishing fleet and capacity should have their funds from the EMFF frozen or decreased .

Amendment  62

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 40 e (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(40e) In order to safeguard fishermen’s incomes, contributions should be made from the EMFF to mutual funds that cover losses resulting from natural disasters, bad weather, environmental or health–related accidents or sharp rises in fuel prices.

Justification

The EMFF should help to compensate fishermen for losses resulting from exceptional external events. The rapporteur proposes that such assistance should take the form of contributions to mutual funds set up by fishermen.

Amendment  63

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 41

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(41) It is paramount to integrate environmental concerns into the EMFF and support the implementation of conservation measures under the CFP taking however into account the diverse conditions throughout the Union waters. For this purpose it is essential to develop a regionalised approach to conservation measures.

(41) It is paramount to integrate environmental concerns into the EMFF and support the implementation of conservation measures under the CFP taking however into account the diverse conditions throughout the Union waters. For this purpose it is essential to develop a regionalised approach to conservation measures, through a multi–annual approach to fisheries management, establishing as a priority multi–annual plans reflecting the biological specificities of different species and the special characteristics of each fishery.

Amendment  64

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 41 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(41a) It is critically important to mitigate thenegative impact of climate change in coastal and marine ecosystems. The EMFF should support investments to reduce the contribution of the fishing sector to emissions of greenhouse gases as well as projects that aimed to protect and restore seagrass beds and coastal wetlands which are major carbon sinks.

Amendment  65

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 42

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(42) In the same vein, the EMFF should support the reduction of the impact of fishing on the marine environment in particular through the promotion of eco innovation, more selective gears and equipment as well as measures aiming at protecting and restoring marine biodiversity and ecosystems and the services they provide, in line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.

(42) In the same vein, the EMFF should support the reduction of the negative impact of fishing on the marine environment, support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, promote more selective gears and equipment and support the development of more fuel–efficient vessels. The EMFF should, in particular, promote eco-innovation in connection with hulls, engines and gear, as well as measures aiming at protecting and restoring marine biodiversity and ecosystems and the services they provide, in line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 and the headline targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy on climate change.

Amendment  66

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 42 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(42a) In order to contribute to the positive development of water sources and to the maintenance of fishing outside the closed season, the EMFF should be able to support biological seasons, whenever those seasons, when they occur during certain critical phases of the species’ life cycle, are necessary for the sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources.

Amendment  67

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 42 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(42b) In order to minimise the impact of fishing on marine ecosystems, the EMFF should support the establishment, management, monitoring and control of a coherent network of fish stock recovery areas.

Amendment  68

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 43

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(43) In line with the discard ban introduced by the CFP, the EMFF should support investments on board aiming at make the best use of unwanted fish caught and valorise underused components of the fish caught. Considering the scarcity of the resources, in order to maximise the value of the fish caught, the EMFF should also support investments on board aiming at adding commercial value to fish caught.

(43) In line with the gradual discard ban and the gradual introduction of the obligation to land all catches by the CFP, the EMFF should support investments on board aiming at make the best use of unwanted fish caught and valorise underused components of the fish caught. Considering the scarcity of the resources, in order to maximise the value of the fish caught, the EMFF should also support investments on board aiming at adding commercial value to fish caught.

Amendment  69

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 43 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(43a) Recognising the risks involved in investing in fishing activities, the EMFF should contribute to business security by covering access to insurance against variables of production, therebysafeguarding the income of producers in the event of abnormal production losses due in particular to natural disasters, adverse climatic events, sudden water quality changes, diseases or pest infestations and destruction of production tools.

Amendment  70

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 44

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(44) Conscious of the importance of fishing ports, landing sites and shelters, the EMFF should support relevant investments in particular to increase energy efficiency, environmental protection, the quality of the product landed, as well as safety and working conditions.

(44) Conscious of the importance of fishing ports, auctions, landing sites and shelters, the EMFF should support relevant investments in particular to increase energy efficiency, environmental protection, the quality of the product landed, as well as safety and working conditions.

–Amendment  71

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 44 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(44a) With a view to promoting –small scale coastal fishing, Member States should attach to their operational programmes action plans for developing such fishing and for ensuring that it is competitive and sustainable.

Justification

Small–scale and coastal fishing makes a key contribution to the vitality of coastal areas. The EMFF should therefore help to develop such fishing and ensure that it is competitive and sustainable. The rapporteur proposes that each Member State should attach to its operational programme an action plan setting out the steps to be taken with a view to this.

Amendment  72

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 44 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(44b) The EMFF should support the establishment a coherent network of fish stock recovery areas, in which all fishing activities are prohibited, and which include areas important for fish productivity, in particular nursery grounds, spawning grounds and feeding grounds for fish stocks.

Amendment  73

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 44 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(44c) Some EMFF provisions need to be adjusted in order to meet the needs of outermost regions while continuing to pursue the core objective of ensuring that fishing and aquaculture are sustainable and responsible. The EMFF should, in particular, take account of the fact that some of those regions are lagging behind in terms of resource assessment, infrastructure, organisation of the industry and monitoring of activity and production. The EMFF should therefore be used to modernise the sector, especially its infrastructure, and to renew and modernise its production resources, having due regard for the specific circumstances in outermost region sea basins and resource availability.

Justification

The EMFF should take due account of the specific circumstances in outermost regions.

Amendment  74

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 45

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(45) It is vital for the Union that a sustainable balance be achieved between fresh water resources and their exploitation; therefore having due regard to environmental impact while ensuring that these sectors retain economic viability, appropriate provisions should support inland fishing.

(45) It is vital for the Union that a sustainable balance be achieved between fresh water resources and their exploitation, in view of the fact that river basins, estuaries and coastal lagoons are privileged breeding habitats and act as hatcheries for many species of juvenile fish,having due regard to environmental impact while ensuring that these sectors retain economic viability, appropriate provisions should support inland fishing.

Amendment  75

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 46

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(46) In line with the Commission's Strategy for the Sustainable Development of European Aquaculture, the CFP objectives and Europe 2020 Strategy, the EMFF should support the environmentally, economically and socially sustainable development of the aquaculture industry.

(46) In line with the Commission's Strategy for the Sustainable Development of European Aquaculture, the CFP objectives and Europe 2020 Strategy, the EMFF should support the environmentally, economically and socially sustainable development of the aquaculture industry, focussing, in particular, on promoting eco innovation, reducing dependence on fish meal and oil, improving the welfare of farmed organisms and promoting organic and closed system aquaculture.

Amendment  76

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 46 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(46a) Due to the potential impact on wild marine populations of escapes of farmed animals from aquaculture sites, the EMFF should not provide incentives for the farming of exotic species or genetically modified organisms.

Amendment  77

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 47

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(47) Aquaculture contributes to growth and jobs in coastal and rural regions. Therefore, it is crucial that the EMFF is accessible to aquaculture enterprises, in particular SMEs and contributes to bringing new aquaculture farmers into the business. In order to increase the competitiveness and economic performance of aquaculture activities it is vital to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship. Therefore the EMFF should support innovative operations and business development, in particular non–food and off–shore aquaculture.

(47) Aquaculture contributes to growth and jobs in coastal and rural regions. Therefore, it is crucial that the EMFF is accessible to aquaculture enterprises, regardless of their size, and contributes to bringing new aquaculture farmers into the business. In order to increase the competitiveness and economic performance of aquaculture activities it is vital to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship. Therefore the EMFF should support innovative operations and the business development of aquaculture enterprises in general, including non–food and off–shore aquaculture.

Justification

The EMFF should support aquaculture enterprises in general, regardless of their size. Large companies interested in investing in structural projects that support knowledge and innovation should therefore also receive assistance. Given the need to supply fish for human consumption, non–food aquaculture should not be a development priority. Off–shore aquaculture is not feasible in many coastal areas of the EU.

Amendment  78

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 48

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(48) New forms of income combined with aquaculture activities have already shown their added value for business development. Therefore the EMFF should support these complementary activities outside aquaculture such as angling–tourism, educational or environmental activities.

(48) New forms of income combined with aquaculture activities have already shown their added value for business development. Therefore the EMFF should support these complementary activities outside aquaculture, such as angling–tourism, aquaculture tourism that promotes the aquaculture sector and its products, educational or environmental activities.

Amendment  79

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 49

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(49) An other important form of increasing the income of aquaculture enterprises is adding value to their products by processing and marketing their own production, as well as introducing new species with good market prospects and thus diversifying their production.

(49) An other important form of increasing the income of aquaculture enterprises is adding value to their products by processing and marketing their own production, as well as introducing new species which are biologically compatible with existing species with good market prospects and thus diversifying their production.

Amendment  80

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 50

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(50) Conscious of the need to identify the most suitable areas for developing aquaculture taking into account access to waters and space, the EMFF should support national authorities in making their strategic choices at national level.

(50) Conscious of the need to identify the most suitable geographical areas for developing aquaculture taking into account access to waters and space and the importance of developing a precautionary approach to guarantee stock sustainability, the EMFF should support national authorities in making their strategic choices at national level and should support regional authorities in developing their regional variations.

Amendment  81

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 51

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(51) Investment in human capital is also vital to increase the competitiveness and economic performance of aquaculture activities. Therefore, the EMFF should support lifelong learning and networking stimulating the dissemination of knowledge as well as advisory services helping to improve the overall performance and competitiveness of operators.

(51) Investment in human capital is also vital to increase the competitiveness and economic performance of aquaculture activities. Therefore, the EMFF should support lifelong learning and networking stimulating the dissemination and exchange of knowledge and good practices, through all the competent advisory services (in terms of materials available), including professional associations, so that they can help to improve the overall performance and competitiveness of operators.

Amendment  82

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 51 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(51a) Given the need to identify geographical areas with a greater potential for the development of aquaculture in terms of access to both water and land, the EMFF should support the national and regional authorities in their strategic choices, particularly regarding the definition and mapping of the zones which may be considered most suitable to the development of aquaculture, taking into account, if relevant, the maritime spatial planning process.

Amendment  83

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 52

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(52) In order to promote environmentally sustainable aquaculture, the EMFF should support aquaculture activities which are highly respectful of the environment, the conversion of aquaculture enterprises to eco–management, the use of audit schemes as well as the conversion to organic aquaculture. In the same vein, the EMFF should also support aquaculture providing for special environmental services.

(52) In order to promote environmentally, socially and economically sustainable aquaculture, the EMFF should support aquaculture activities which are highly respectful of the environment, the conversion of aquaculture enterprises to sustainable management, the use of audit schemes as well as the conversion to organic aquaculture. In the same vein, the EMFF should also support aquaculture, providing for special environmental services and services of public interest.

Amendment  84

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 53

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(53) Conscious of the importance of consumer protection, the EMFF should ensure adequate support to farmers in order to prevent and mitigate the risk for public and animal health that aquaculture rearing may generate.

(53) Conscious of the importance of consumer protection, the EMFF should ensure adequate support to farmers in order to prevent and mitigate the risk for public and animal health that aquaculture rearing may generate, particularly through programmes designed to reduce the dependency of aquaculture activities on veterinary products.

Amendment  85

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 53 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(53a) The EMFF should support the establishment of a coherent network of fish stock recovery areas, which include areas important for fish productivity, in particular nursery grounds, spawning grounds and feeding grounds for fish stocks and in which all fishing activities are prohibited, and .

Amendment  86

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 54

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(54) Recognizing the risk of investments in aquaculture activities, the EMFF should contribute to business security by covering access to stock insurance and therefore safeguarding the income of producers in case of abnormal production losses due in particular to natural disasters, adverse climatic events, sudden water quality changes, diseases or pest infestations and destruction of production facilities.

(54) Recognizing the risk of investments in aquaculture activities, the EMFF should contribute to business security by covering access to stock insurance or by supporting the development of mutual funds, and therefore safeguarding the income of producers in case of abnormal production losses due in particular to natural disasters, adverse climatic events, sudden water quality changes, diseases or pest infestations and destruction of production facilities.

Amendment  87

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 55

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(55) Considering that the community–led approach for local development has, over a number of years, proven its utility in promoting the development of fisheries and rural areas by fully taking into account the multi–sectoral needs for endogenous development, support should be continued and reinforced in the future.

(55) Considering that the community–led approach for local development has, over a number of years, proven its utility in promoting the development of fishing and rural communities by fully taking into account the multi–sectoral needs for endogenous development, support should be continued and reinforced in the future.

Amendment  88

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 56

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(56) In fisheries areas, community–led local development should encourage innovative approaches to create growth and jobs, in particular by adding value to fisheries products and diversifying the local economy towards new economic activities, including those offered by "blue growth" and the broader maritime sectors.

(56) In fisheries areas, community–led local development should encourage innovative approaches to create growth and jobs, in particular by adding value to fisheries products and diversifying the local economy also towards new economic activities, including those offered by "blue growth" and the broader maritime sectors.

Amendment  89

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 57

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(57) The sustainable development of fisheries areas should contribute to the EU 2020 objectives of promoting social inclusion and poverty reduction and to fostering innovation at local level as well as to the objective of territorial cohesion, a main priority in the Lisbon Treaty.

(57) The sustainable development of fisheries areas should contribute to the EU 2020 objectives of promoting social inclusion and poverty reduction, to raising employment rates and to fostering innovation, including social innovation, at local level as well as to the objective of territorial cohesion, a main priority in the Lisbon Treaty.

Amendment  90

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 58

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(58) Community–led local development should be implemented through a bottom–up approach by local partnerships that are composed of representatives of the public, private and civil society sectors and mirror correctly the local society; these local actors are best placed to draw up and implement integrated multi–sectoral local development strategies to meet the needs of their local fisheries areas; it is important in order to ensure the representativeness of local action groups that no single interest groups has more than 49% of the voting right in the decision–making bodies.

(58) Community–led local development should be implemented through a bottom–up approach by local partnerships that are composed of representatives of the public, private and civil society sectors and mirror correctly the local society; these local actors are best placed to draw up and implement integrated multi–sectoral local development strategies to meet the needs of their local fisheries areas. It is important, in order to ensure that local action groups are representative and that the actions of those groups address the challenges in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, that fishermen and/or fish farmers make up the majority of the economic actors represented in the decision–making bodies.

Amendment  91

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 60

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(60) The support to fisheries areas through the EMFF should be coordinated with the local development support offered by other Union Funds and should cover all aspects of the preparation and implementation of local development strategies and operations of local action groups as well as the costs of animating the local area and running the local partnership.

(60) The support to fisheries areas through the EMFF should be coordinated with the local development support offered by other Union Funds and should cover all aspects of the preparation and implementation of local development strategies and operations of local action groups as well as the costs of animating the local area and running the local partnership. That support should include the possibility of receiving technical, especially financial engineering assistance in setting up local development projects, especially for –small scale coastal fishing and fishing in inland waters.

Justification

There should be access to technical assistance for local development projects led by people involved in small–scale and coastal fishing as well as fishing in inland waters.

Amendment  92

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 61

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(61) In order to ensure the viability of fisheries and aquaculture in a highly competitive market, it is necessary to lay down provisions granting support for the implementation of the [Regulation (EU) No on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products]1 as well as for marketing and processing activities carried by operators to maximise the value of fisheries and aquaculture products. Particular attention should be paid to the promotion of operations which integrate producing, processing and marketing activities of the supply chain. In order to adapt to the new discard ban policy, the EMFF should also support the processing of unwanted catches.

(61) In order to ensure the viability of fisheries and aquaculture in a highly competitive market, it is necessary to lay down provisions granting support for the implementation of the [Regulation (EU) No on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products]1 as well as for marketing and processing activities carried by operators to maximise the value of fisheries and aquaculture products. Particular attention should be paid to the promotion of operations which integrate producing, processing and marketing activities of the supply chain.

Amendment  93

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 62

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(62) Priority should be given to producer organisations and associations of producer organisations by granting them support. The compensation for storage aid and aid for production and marketing plans should gradually be phased out as the importance of this particular kind of support has lost its interest in the light of the evolving structure of the Union market for this kind of products and the growing importance of strong producer's organisations.

(62) Priority should be given to producer organisations and associations of producer organisations by granting them support.

Amendment  94

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 63

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(63) Recognising the growing competition small scale coastal fishermen are confronted to, the EMFF should support entrepreneurial initiatives of small scale coastal fishermen adding value to the fish they catch, in particular by carrying out the processing or direct marketing of the fish they catch.

(63) Recognising the growing competition with which small scale coastal fishermen are confronted and the dependency of certain coastal communities on fishing, the EMFF should support entrepreneurial initiatives of small scale coastal fishermen adding value to the fish they catch, in particular by carrying out the processing or direct marketing of the fish they catch.

Amendment  95

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 63 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(63a) The EMFF should support entrepreneurial initiatives and joint initiatives aiming to achieve the objectives of the Union in the areas of environmental protection and the preservation of fish stocks through the establishment of joint aqua–environmental measures, in particular for fishing in inland waters.

Justification

The EMFF should support joint initiatives by operators in small–scale and coastal fishing and fishing in inland waters where these concern environmental protection and the preservation of fish stocks.

Amendment  96

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 64

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(64) Fishing activities in the outermost regions of the European Union are facing difficulties, in particular because of the additional costs incurred in the marketing of certain fishery products, due to the particular handicaps recognised by Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

(64) Given that fishing activities in the outermost regions of the European Union are facing difficulties, in particular because of their remoteness and special climatic conditions, the EMFF should take into account the particular handicaps recognised by Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Justification

The difficulties faced by the outermost regions are linked to other factors apart from the additional costs incurred by marketing.

Amendment  97

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 65

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(65) In order to maintain the competitiveness of certain fishery products from the outermost regions of the European Union compared with that of similar products from other European Union’s regions, the European Union introduced measures in 1992 to compensate for the related additional costs in the fisheries sector. The measures applying for the period 2007–2013 are laid down in Council Regulation (EC) No 791/20071. It is necessary to continue providing support to offset the additional costs for the marketing of certain fishery products as of 1 January 2014.

(65) In order to maintain the competitiveness of certain fishery products from the outermost regions of the European Union compared with that of similar products from other European Union’s regions, the European Union introduced measures in 1992 to compensate for the related additional costs in the fisheries sector. The measures applying for the period 2007–2013 are laid down in Council Regulation (EC) No 791/20071. Given the difficulties encountered by fishing activities in the outermost regions, it is necessary to increase support to offset the additional costs for the marketing of certain fishery products as of 1 January 2014.

Amendment  98

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 66

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(66) In view of the different marketing conditions in the outermost regions concerned, the fluctuations in captures and stocks and of market demands, it should be left to the Member States concerned to determine the fishery products eligible for compensation, their respective maximum quantities and the compensation amounts within the overall allocation per Member State.

(66) In view of the different production, processing and marketing conditions for fishery and aquaculture products in the outermost regions concerned, and the fluctuations in captures and stocks and of market demands, it should be left to the Member States concerned to determine the fishery and aquaculture products or product categories that are to be eligible for compensation, their respective maximum quantities and the compensation amounts within the overall allocation per Member State.

Amendment  99

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 68

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(68) Member States should set the compensation amount at a level which allows appropriate off–setting of additional costs, arising from the specific handicaps of the outermost regions and in particular from the costs of transporting the products to mainland Europe. To avoid overcompensation, the amount should be proportional to the additional costs the aid off–sets and in no case exceed 100 % of the transport and other related costs to mainland Europe. To this end, it should also take into account other types of public intervention having an impact on the level of additional costs.

(68) Member States should set the compensation amount at a level which allows appropriate off–setting of additional costs, arising from the specific handicaps of the outermost regions. To avoid overcompensation, the amount should be proportional to the additional costs the aid off–sets and in no case exceed 100 % of the transport and other related costs to continental Europe. To this end, it should also take into account other types of public intervention having an impact on the level of additional costs.

Justification

The availability of assistance should not have the effect of limiting trade between the outermost regions.

Amendment  100

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 69

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(69) It is paramount that Member States and operators are equipped in such a way that controls can be carried out to a high standard and therefore ensure compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy while providing for the sustainable exploitation of living aquatic resources; the EMFF should therefore support Member States and operators in conformity with Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009. By creating a culture of compliance, this support should contribute to sustainable growth.

(69) It is paramount that Member States and operators are equipped in such a way that controls can be carried out to a high standard and therefore ensure compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy while providing for the sustainable exploitation of living aquatic resources; the EMFF should therefore support Member States and operators in conformity with Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009. By creating a culture of compliance, this support should contribute to sustainable growth. In order to standardise and step up the level of monitoring, the Member States should also be able to put in place common control systems.

Amendment  101

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 70

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(70) The support granted to Member States on the basis of the Regulation (EC) No. 861/2006 for the expenditure incurred relating to the implementation of the Union control system should be continued under the EMFF pursuing the logic of a single fund.

(70) The support granted to Member States on the basis of the Regulation (EC) No. 861/2006 for the expenditure incurred relating to the implementation of the Union control system should be increased under the EMFF pursuing the logic of a single fund.

Amendment  102

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 72 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(72a) The EMFF should support funds for extra control activities and inspections in areas where IUU fishing is reported to take place.

Amendment  103

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 73

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(73) Provisions should be laid down for support to collect, manage and use of fisheries data as specified in the multiannual Union programme, in particular to support national programmes and the management and use of data for scientific analysis and CFP implementation. The support granted to Member States on the basis of the Regulation (EC) No. 861/2006 for the expenditure incurred relating to the collection, management and use of fisheries data should be continued under the EMFF pursuing the logic of a single fund.

(73) Rrelevant stakeholders should be informed through the Advisory Councils of procedures . Provisions should be laid down for support to collect, manage and use of fisheries data as specified in the multiannual Union programme, in particular to support national programmes and the management and use of data for scientific analysis and CFP implementation. The support granted to Member States on the basis of the Regulation (EC) No. 861/2006 for the expenditure incurred relating to the collection, management and use of fisheries data should be continued under the EMFF pursuing the logic of a single fund.

Amendment  104

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 73 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(73a) The paramount importance of funding data collection, the cornerstone of the CFP, should be emphasised. It is the essential prerequisite for the definition of precise objectives to be achieved, particularly as regards the achievement of the MSY and better fisheries management. In this sense it is appropriate to ensure that data collection is allocated a part of the EMFF budget that is commensurate with its importance. It is also appropriate to provide for a co-financing rate that encourages a comprehensive review of the state of European fish stocks.

Amendment  105

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 74

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(74) It is also necessary to support the cooperation among Member States, as well as with third countries where relevant, with respect to the collection of data within the same sea basin, as well as with the relevant international scientific bodies.

(74) It is also necessary to support the cooperation among Member States, as well as with third countries where relevant, with respect to the collection of data within the same sea basin, as well as with the relevant international scientific bodies and the Regional Advisory Councils.

Amendment  106

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 76

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(76) Sustained funding is needed for the implementation and further development of the Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union as reflected in the statements of the Council, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions.

(76) Sustained funding is needed for the implementation and further development of the Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union as reflected in Regulation (EU) No 1255/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2011 establishing a Programme to support the further development of an Integrated Maritime Policy1 and the statements of the Council, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions. The development of maritime affairs through financial support for IMP measures is expected to have a significant impact in terms of economic, social and territorial cohesion.

 

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Amendment  107

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 76 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(76a) In this respect, EMFF should be designed to support exploratory work on actions which aim to promote the strategic objectives of the IMP, due attention being attention to their cumulative impacts, on the basis of the ecosystem approach, to sustainable economic growth, employment, innovation and competitiveness in coastal, insular and outermost regions, and to the promotion of the international dimension of the IMP.

Amendment  108

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 77

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(77) The EMFF should support the promotion of integrated maritime governance at all levels especially through exchanges of best practices and the further development and implementation of sea basin strategies. These strategies aim at setting up an integrated framework to address common challenges in European sea basins and strengthened co–operation between stakeholders to maximise the use of Union financial instruments and funds and contribute to the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the Union.

(77) The EMFF should support the promotion of integrated maritime governance at all levels especially through exchanges of best practices and the further development and implementation of sea basin strategies. In this context, it is very important to improve maritime governance, including through the enhancement of cooperation and coordination, at the appropriate level, among the competent authorities performing coast guard functions in the Union, ensuring healthier, safer and more secure seas and oceans in particular by implementing the existing maritime legislation. These strategies aim at setting up an integrated framework to address common challenges in European sea basins and strengthened co–operation between stakeholders to maximise the use of Union financial instruments and funds and contribute to the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the Union and to environmental sustainability. It is therefore very important to improve and enhance external cooperation and coordination in relation to achieving the objectives of the IMP, on the basis of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Justification

IMP funding throughout the years 2014–20 should be made available for supporting actions targeting cooperation and coordination among the competent authorities performing coast guard functions in the EU. Effective implementation of the wide array of EU and international maritime legislation is a typical coast guard function in all EU Member States and a prerequisite for good maritime governance for ensuring healthier, safer and more secure seas. Therefore, cross–border cooperation and coordination should be supported by Integrated Maritime Policy.

Amendment  109

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 77 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(77a) In order to enhance the approximation of the fisheries and aquaculture funds and the funds for the Integrated Maritime Policy, the EMFF should provide for a specific framework to promote the contribution that fisheries and aquaculture made to the Integrated Maritime Policy. It is essential to encourage full consideration of these activities through support for participation in integrated governance and collective projects that contribute to the implementation of the IMP.

Amendment  110

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 79

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(79) Interconnection of the certain information systems run by those sectors may require mobilisation of their own funding mechanisms in a coherent way and in line with Treaty provisions. Maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management are essential for the sustainable development of marine areas and coastal regions and both contributing to the aims of ecosystem–based management and the development of land–sea links. These tools are also important to manage diverse uses of our coasts, seas and oceans to enable their sustainable economic development and to stimulate cross–border investment, whereas the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive will further define the boundaries of sustainability of human activities that have an impact on the marine environment. Furthermore, it is necessary to improve knowledge of the marine world, and stimulate innovation by facilitating collection, free sharing, re–use and dissemination of data concerning the status of oceans and seas.

(79) Interconnection of the certain information systems run by those sectors may require mobilisation of their own funding mechanisms in a coherent way and in line with Treaty provisions. Maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management are essential for the sustainable development of marine areas and coastal regions and both contributing to the aims of ecosystem–based management and the development of land–sea links. These tools are also important to manage diverse uses of our coasts, seas and oceans to enable their sustainable economic development and to stimulate cross–border investment, whereas the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive will further define the boundaries of sustainability of industrial, construction and human activities that have an impact on the marine environment. Furthermore, it is necessary to improve knowledge of the marine world, and stimulate innovation by facilitating collection, free sharing, re–use and dissemination of data concerning the status of oceans and seas and the status of fisheries, making it available to end-users and the general public.

Amendment  111

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 80

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(80) The EMFF should also support sustainable economic growth, employment, innovation and competitiveness within maritime sectors and in coastal regions. It is particularly important to identify regulatory barriers and skill deficiencies hindering growth in emerging and prospective maritime sectors, as well as operations aimed at fostering investment in technological innovation necessary to enhance the business potential of marine and maritime applications.

(80) The EMFF should also support sustainable economic growth, employment, innovation and competitiveness within maritime sectors and in coastal regions. It is particularly important to identify regulatory barriers and skill deficiencies hindering growth in emerging and prospective maritime sectors, as well as operations aimed at fostering investment in technological innovation necessary to enhance the business potential of marine and maritime applications. The EMFF should support measures to develop the education and vocational training system in the sector, including the acquisition of the equipment and tools needed to improve the quality of education and training services.

Amendment  112

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 81

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(81) The EMFF should be complementary and coherent with existing and future financial instruments made available by the Union and the Member States, at national and sub–national level, for promoting the protection and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and coasts, helping to foster more effective cooperation between the Member States and their coastal, island, and outermost regions, and taking into account the prioritisation and progress of national and local projects. The Fund will tie in with other Union policies that may encompass a maritime dimension, in particular the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund as well the Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and energy policy

(81) The EMFF should be complementary and coherent with existing and future financial instruments made available by the Union and the Member States, at national and sub–national level, for promoting sustainable economic and social development, the protection and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and coasts, helping to foster more effective cooperation between the Member States and their coastal, island, and outermost regions, and taking into account the prioritisation and progress of national and local projects. The Fund will tie in with other Union policies that may encompass a maritime dimension, in particular the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund as well the Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and energy policy

Amendment  113

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 84

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(84) By way of technical assistance the EMFF should provide preparatory, administrative and technical support as well as support for information measures, networking, evaluations, audits, studies and exchanges of experience in order to facilitate the implementation of the operational programme and to promote innovative approaches and practices for simple and transparent implementation. Technical assistance should also include the setting up of a European network of Fisheries Local Action Groups aiming at capacity building, disseminating information, exchanging experience and supporting cooperation between the local partnerships.

(84) By way of technical assistance the EMFF should provide preparatory, administrative and technical support as well as support for information measures, networking, evaluations, audits, studies and exchanges of experience in order to facilitate the implementation of the operational programme and to promote innovative approaches and practices for simple and transparent implementation, including those which will benefit operators and fishermen’s organisations. Technical assistance should also include the setting up of a European network of Fisheries Local Action Groups aiming at capacity building, disseminating information, exchanging experience and supporting cooperation between the local partnerships.

Justification

Technical assistance can also target operators and fishermen’s organisations.

Amendment  114

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 88

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(88) Conscious of the importance of ensuring conservation of marine biological and protecting fish stocks in particular from illegal fishing and in the spirit of the conclusions drawn in the Green Paper on the Reform of the CFP, those operators who do not comply with the rules of the CFP, and particularly jeopardise the sustainability of the stocks concerned and constitute therefore a serious threat to the sustainable exploitation of living marine biological resources that restores and maintains populations of harvested species above levels which can produce the MSY, and those who are involved in IUU fishing should be excluded from support under the EMFF. Union funding should not at any stage from the selection to the implementation of an operation be used to undermine the public interest of conservation of marine biological resources expressed in the objectives of the CFP Regulation.

(88) Conscious of the importance of ensuring conservation of marine biological resources and protecting fish stocks in particular from illegal fishing and in the spirit of the conclusions drawn in the Green Paper on the Reform of the CFP, those operators who do not comply with the rules of the CFP, and particularlyjeopardise the sustainability of the stocks concerned and, specifically, the goals of restoring and maintaining populations of harvested species above levels which can produce MSY by 2015 and achieving and maintaining a good environmental status by 2020 , constitute therefore a serious threat to the sustainable exploitation of living marine biological resources, along those who are involved in IUU fishing, and should be excluded from support under the EMFF. Union funding should not at any stage from the selection to the implementation of an operation be used to undermine the public interest of conservation of marine biological resources expressed in the objectives of the CFP Regulation.

Amendment  115

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 88 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(88a) There should be a possibility to freeze funding from the EMFF if a Member State is unable to tackle problems with IUU–fishing within its waters and within its fishing fleet.

Amendment  116

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 91

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(91) In order to address the specific needs of the CFP mentioned in Articles 50 and 51 of the [CFP Regulation] and contribute to the compliance with the CFP rules, additional provisions to the rules on interruption of the payment deadline [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions] should be laid down. Where a Member State or an operator has failed to comply with its obligations under the CFP or where the Commission has evidence to suggest this lack of compliance, as a precautionary measure, the Commission should be allowed to interrupt payments.

(91) In order to address the specific needs of the CFP mentioned in Articles 50 and 51 of the [CFP Regulation] and contribute to the compliance with the CFP rules, additional provisions to the rules on interruption of the payment deadline [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions] should be laid down. Where a Member State or an operator has failed to comply with its obligations under the CFP or where the Commission has evidence to verify this lack of compliance, as a precautionary measure, the Commission should be allowed to interrupt payments.

Amendment  117

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 93

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(93) The operational programme should be subject to monitoring and evaluation in order to improve its quality and demonstrate its achievements. The Commission should set up a framework for a common monitoring and evaluation ensuring among others that relevant data is available on a timely manner. In this context a list of indicators should be determined and the impact of the EMFF policy assessed by the Commission in relation to specific objectives.

(93) The operational programme should be subject to monitoring and evaluation in order to improve its quality and demonstrate its achievements. The Commission should set up a framework for a common monitoring and evaluation ensuring among others that relevant data is made publicly available in a timely manner. In this context a list of indicators should be determined and the impact of the EMFF policy assessed by the Commission in relation to specific objectives.

Amendment  118

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 95

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(95) With a view to strengthening accessibility and transparency of information about funding opportunities and project beneficiaries, in each Member State a single website or website portal providing information on operational programme, including the lists of operations supported under each operational programme, should be made available. This information should give a reasonable, tangible and concrete idea to the wider public and in particular to Union taxpayers on how Union funding is spent in the framework of the EMFF. In addition to this objective, the publication of relevant data should serve the purpose of further publicising the possibility of applying for Union funding. However in full respect of the fundamental right to data protection and in line with the judgment of the Court in the Joined Cases Schecke, the publication of the names of natural persons should not be requested.

(95) With a view to strengthening accessibility and transparency of information about funding opportunities and project beneficiaries, in each Member State a single website or website portal providing information on operational programme, including the lists of operations supported under each operational programme, should be made available. The dedicated websites of all Member States should also be accessible from an official Union website in order to help citizens from different Member States to get easier access to published information from all Member States. This information should give a reasonable, tangible and concrete idea to the wider public and in particular to Union taxpayers on how Union funding is spent in the framework of the EMFF. In addition to this objective, the publication of relevant data should serve the purpose of further publicising the possibility of applying for Union funding. However in full respect of the fundamental right to data protection and in line with the judgment of the Court in the Joined Cases Schecke, the publication of the names of natural persons should not be requested.

Amendment  119

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 96 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(96a) It is particularly important to ensure that ex–ante conditionalities concerning the administrative capacity to comply with the data requirements for fisheries management and the implementation of a Union control inspection and enforcement system are respected;

Amendment  120

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 96 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(96b) It is particularly important to ensure that ex–ante conditionalities concerning the administrative capacity to comply with the data requirements for fisheries management and the implementation of a Union control inspection and enforcement system are respected.

Amendment  121

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) the sustainable development of fisheries areas and inland fishing,

(c) the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture areas, of inland fishing and of related activities as defined in this Regulation,

Amendment  122

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) and the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP).

(d) and the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP), including the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Amendment  123

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

This Regulation shall apply to operations carried out in the territory of the Union unless otherwise expressly provided for in this Regulation.

This Regulation shall apply to operations carried out in the territory, waters and fleets of the Union unless otherwise expressly provided for in this Regulation.

Amendment  124

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 –– paragraph 2 –– point –-1 (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(–-1) 'closed aquaculture system' means aquaculture facilities where fish and other aquatic products are farmed in closed recirculation systems which retain and treat the water within the system, minimising water use. Such systems are usually land–based and re–use virtually all of the water initially put into the system;

Amendment  125

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 –– paragraph 2 –– point 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2a) 'diversification' means practices that render fisheries or aquaculture activities more versatile and which are directly complementary to or dependent on such activities;

Amendment  126

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 –– paragraph 2 –– point 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(4a) 'exotic species' means a species for which the natural range of distribution does not include the area where the farm is located;

Amendment  127

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 –– paragraph 2 –– point 4 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(4b) 'extensive aquaculture' means aquaculture production which receives no intentional nutritional inputs but depends instead on natural food in the culture facility, including that brought in by water flow such as currents and tidal exchange. Extensive aquaculture largely depends on a single nutritional input, namelyseed;

Amendment  128

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 –– paragraph 2 –– point 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) 'fisheries area' means an area with sea or lake shore or including ponds or a river estuary with a significant level of employment in fisheries or aquaculture and designated as such by the Member State;

(5) 'fisheries and aquaculture area' means an area with sea, river or lake shore, or including ponds or a river estuary, with a significant level of employment in the fisheries or aquaculture sector and designated as such by the Member State;

Amendment  129

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5a) 'fish stock recovery area' means a geographically defined sea area in which all fishing activities are prohibited, in order to improve the exploitation and conservation of living aquatic resources or the protection of marine ecosystems, as referred to in Regulation (EU) No …/.. [laying down Common Provisions];

Amendment  130

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 5 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5b) ‘fisheries sector’ means the economic sector covering all activities relating to the production, processing and marketing of fisheries and aquaculture products;

Amendment  131

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 5 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5c) ‘management and fisheries access systems’ means mechanisms for the attribution of and access to fishing rights or for the management of the fisheries effort, developed at national, regional or local level or at the level of the sea basins, on species under quota or out of quota within the 12–mile coastal strip or beyond and focusing on healthy stocks. These systems are implemented by the public authorities or fisheries organisations;

Amendment  132

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) 'fisherman' means any person engaging in professional fishing, as recognised by the Member State, on board of an operational fishing vessel or engaging in professional harvesting of marine organisms, as recognised by the Member State, without a vessel;

(6) ‘fisherman’ means any person engaging in professional fishing, including employees, as recognised by the Member State, on board of an operational fishing vessel or engaging in professional harvesting of freshwater or marine organisms, as recognised by the Member State, without a vessel;

Justification

The definition of ‘fisherman’ should be made more precise by including professionals who own their vessels and salaried fishermen.

Amendment  133

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 ––paragraph 2 –– point 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6a) ‘fishing tourism’ means a complementary activity carried out by professional fishermen whereby persons who are not crew members board fishing vessels as tourists or researchers;

Amendment  134

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 6 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6b) ‘ancillary fishing and aquaculture activities’ means those carried out by anyone providing a professional service to fishermen which is required for their activity and designated as such by the Member State;

Amendment  135

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 –– paragraph 2 –– point 8 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8a) 'intensive aquaculture' means aquaculture production which depends on nutritionally complete diets added to the nutritional system of either fresh, wild, marine or freshwater fish, or which depends on formulated diets. It is largely dependant on complete and commercially available feed and is characterised by high stocking densities;

Amendment  136

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) 'inland fishing' means fishing carried out for commercial purposes by vessels operating exclusively in inland waters or by other devices used for ice fishing;

(10) 'inland fishing' means fishing carried out for commercial purposes, from a vessel or otherwise, exclusively in inland waters or by other devices used for ice fishing;

Amendment  137

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) 'integrated maritime governance' means the coordinated management of all sectoral policies of the EU affecting the oceans, seas, and coastal regions;

(12) 'integrated maritime governance' means the coordinated management of all sectoral policies at Union level affecting the oceans, seas, and coastal regions;

Amendment  138

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13) 'marine regions' means the geographical areas set out in Annex I to Council Decision 2004/585/EC and the areas established by the regional fisheries management organisations;

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Amendment  139

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 16

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(16) 'sea basin strategy' means a structured framework of cooperation in respect to a given geographical area, developed by European Institutions, Member States, their regions and where appropriate third countries sharing a sea basin; the strategy takes into account the geographic, climatic, economic and political specificities of the sea basin;

(16) 'sea basin strategy' means a structured framework of cooperation in respect to a given geographical area, developed by European Institutions, Member States, their regions and local authorities and where appropriate third countries sharing a sea basin; the strategy takes into account the geographic, climatic, economic and political specificities of the sea basin;

Amendment  140

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 16 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(16a) 'semi intensive aquaculture' means aquaculture that depends largely on natural food but where the naturally present food levels are increased through the use of supplementary feed that complements that natural food. Culture densities are kept at lower levels than those typical for intensive aquaculture production;

Amendment  141

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 17 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(17a) 'traditional fishing vessel' means a vessel that is built with a typology in hull form, by a construction method and with material which has remained unchanged for at least 100 years and which is able to navigate and continues to carry out fishing activities compatible with applicable Union and national law;

Amendment  142

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 18 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(18a) ‘shellfish catcher/grower’ means any individual carrying out extraction, cultivation or semi–cultivation, whether on foot or on board a vessel, exclusively and using selective, specific gear for the capture of one or more species of molluscs, crustaceans, tunicates, echinoderms or other marine invertebrates;

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Amendment  143

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) promoting sustainable and competitive fisheries and aquaculture;

(a) promoting environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially responsible fisheries, aquaculture and related activities of processing or marketing;

Amendment  144

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) promoting a balanced and inclusive territorial development of fisheries areas;

(c) promoting a balanced and inclusive territorial development of fisheries and aquaculture areas;

Amendment  145

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) fostering the implementation of the CFP.

(d) fostering the implementation of the CFP, including its regionalisation and the implementation of the common organisation of the markets.

Amendment  146

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) Fostering job creation in order to prevent the disappearance of fishing communities and delivering improved qualifications and working conditions in the fisheries sector.

Amendment  147

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 2 (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2. In achieving these objectives, the EMFF shall take into account the principles of intergenerational and gender equity.

Amendment  148

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3. These objectives shall be pursued without increasing fishing capacity.

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Amendment  149

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The achievement of the objectives of the EMFF shall contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It shall be pursued through the following six Union priorities, which translate the relevant Thematic Objectives of the Common Strategic Framework (hereinafter CSF):

The achievement of the objectives of the EMFF shall contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as well as to the implementation of the CFP. It shall be pursued through the following six Union priorities for fisheries, sustainable aquaculture and related activities, which translate the relevant Thematic Objectives of the Common Strategic Framework (hereinafter CSF):

Amendment  150

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) Increasing employment and territorial cohesion through the following objectives:

(1) Increasing employment and social and territorial cohesion through the following objectives:

Amendment  151

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) promotion of economic growth, social inclusion, creation of jobs and supporting labour mobility in coastal and inland communities depending on fishing and aquaculture;

(a) promotion of economic growth and social inclusion, including through the creation of jobs and the development of employability and mobility in coastal and inland communities depending on fishing and aquaculture, including in outermost regions;

Amendment  152

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) diversification of fisheries activities into other sectors of maritime economy and growth of maritime economy, including mitigation of climate change.

(b) diversification of fisheries activities in both the fisheries sector and other sectors of the maritime economy that are closely connected to the fishing sector, and growth of maritime economy, including mitigation of climate change.

Amendment  153

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) promoting the implementation of harmonised social rules at Union level.

Amendment  154

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) support to strengthening technological development, innovation and knowledge transfer;

(a) support to strengthening technological development, innovation, including increasing energy efficiency, and knowledge transfer;

Amendment  155

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 2 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) reducing the negative impact of fishing on animal welfare;

Amendment  156

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) enhancement of the competitiveness and viability of fisheries, in particular of small scale coastal fleet, and improvement of safety or working conditions;

(b) enhancement of the competitiveness and viability of fisheries and improvement of their health, hygiene, safety and working conditions;

Amendment  157

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) development of new professional skills and lifelong learning;

(c) development of professional training, new professional skills and lifelong learning, in particular for young fishermen;

Amendment  158

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 2 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) developing –small scale coastal fishing especially its competitiveness and sustainability, including through the preservation of traditional fishing vessels;

Amendment  159

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 3 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) Fostering innovative, competitive and knowledge based aquaculture through the focus on the following areas:

(3) Fostering sustainable, innovative, competitive aquaculture based on knowledge and the ecosystem through the focus on the following areas:

Amendment  160

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 3 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) support to strengthening technological development, innovation and knowledge transfer;

(a) support to strengthening technological development, technical, social and economic innovation and knowledge transfer;

Amendment  161

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 3 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) enhancement of the competitiveness and viability of aquaculture enterprises, SMEs in particular;

(b) enhancement of the competitiveness and viability of extensive and semi intensive aquaculture enterprises, SMEs in particular;

Amendment  162

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 3 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) development of new professional skills and lifelong learning;

(c) development of new professional skills and encouragement of professional training and lifelong learning, in particular for young aquaculture farmers;

Amendment  163

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 3 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) improved market organisation for aquaculture products.

(d) improved market organisation for aquaculture products and encouragement of investment in the processing and marketing sectors.

Amendment  164

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 3 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) limiting the ecological footprint by aquaculture.

Amendment  165

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 4 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) reduction of the impact of fisheries on the marine environment;

(a) prevention, minimisation and, as far as possible, elimination of unwanted catches and of negative impacts of fisheries on the marine environment, especially through better selectivity of fishing gears;

Amendment  166

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 4 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) ensuring a balance between fishing capacity and available fishing opportunities;

Amendment  167

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 4 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and achievement of good environmental status by 2020;

Amendment  168

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 5 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) enhancement of ecosystems related to aquaculture and promotion of resource efficient aquaculture;

(a) promotion of resource efficient aquaculture, including by reducing dependence on fish food and oil and reducing the use of chemicals and antibiotics;

Amendment  169

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 5 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) assessment, reduction and, where possible, elimination of the impacts of aquaculture activities on marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems;

Amendment  170

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 6 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) Fostering the implementation of the CFP through:

(6) Fostering the implementation of the CFP and strengthening its links and coherence with the Integrated Maritime Policy through:

Amendment  171

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 6 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the supply of scientific knowledge and collection of data;

(a) the support for the collection and management of data, in order to improve scientific knowledge;

Amendment  172

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 6 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the support to control and enforcement, enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration.

(b) the support for monitoring, control and enforcement, enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration without increasing the administrative burden;

Amendment  173

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 6 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) the support for the regionalisation of the CFP, especially through Regional Advisory Councils.

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Amendment  174

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Without prejudice to paragraph 2 of this Article, Articles 107, 108 and 109 of the Treaty shall apply to aid granted by the Member States to enterprises in fisheries and aquaculture.

1. Articles 107, 108 and 109 of the Treaty shall apply to aid granted by the Member States to enterprises in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Amendment  175

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. However Articles 107, 108 and 109 of the Treaty shall not apply to payments made by Member States pursuant to, and in conformity with, this Regulation within the scope of Article 42 of the Treaty.

2. By way of derogation from paragraph 1, Articles 107, 108 and 109 of the Treaty shall not apply to payments made by Member States pursuant to, and in conformity with, this Regulation within the scope of Article 42 of the Treaty.

Amendment  176

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In addition to the principles enounced in Article 4 of the [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions], the Commission and the Member States shall ensure coordination and complementarity between support from the EMFF and from other Union policies and financial instruments, including the Regulation (EC) No [establishing the Framework Programme for Environment and Climate Change Action (LIFE Framework Programme)] and those in the framework of the Union's external action. Coordination between assistance from the EMFF and LIFE Framework Programme shall be achieved in particular, by promoting the funding of activities that complement integrated projects funded under LIFE Framework Programme, as well as by promoting the use of solutions, methods and approaches validated under LIFE Framework Programme.

In addition to the principles enounced in Article 4 of the [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions], the Commission and the Member States shall ensure coordination and complementarity between support from the EMFF and from other Union policies and financial instruments, including those in the framework of the Union's external action. This coordination and complementarity requirement shall be included in the operational programmes

Amendment  177

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The ex ante conditionalities referred to in Annex III of this Regulation shall apply for the EMFF.

The specific ex ante conditionalities referred to in Annex III of this Regulation shall apply for the EMFF.

Amendment  178

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 11a

 

Assessment of compliance with capacity ceilings

 

1. By …*, the Commission, in collaboration with the Member States, shall carry out an assessment of Member States’ compliance with fishing capacity ceilings, set out in Annex II to Regulation (EU) No …/….. [on the CFP].

 

2. When the assessment referred to in paragraph 1 indicates that a Member State is not complying with its capacity ceilings, the Commission may adopt implementing acts suspending all or part of the payments and commitments for the operational programme of the Member State concerned.

 

3. The Commission shall lift the suspension of payments and commitments as soon as the Member State implements measures aimed at complying with its capacity ceilings and these are approved by the Commission.

 

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* OJ please insert the date three years after the date of entry into force of this Regulation.

Justification

It is vital that Member States comply with the capacity ceilings of their fleet set out in the basic regulation. To this end, the payments and commitments from the EMFF to States who do not comply with their capacity ceilings should be suspended.

Amendment  179

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) operators that have committed a serious infringement under 42 of the Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 or Article 90(1) of the Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009;

(a) operators that have had their fishing licence suspended three or more times, in accordance with Article 92(3) of the Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009, or that have committed a serious infringement under Article 42 of the Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 or Article 90(1) of the Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009, punishable by final administrative decision;

Amendment  180

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) operators involved in the operation, management or ownership of fishing vessels flagged to countries identified as non–cooperating third countries pursuant to Article 33 of Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008;

Amendment  181

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 1 – point b b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bb) operators found guilty, in criminal or administrative proceedings, of having committed a serious infringement of the applicable national legislation in the following areas:

 

– pay and employment conditions in the trade;

 

– professional liability;

 

– human or drug trafficking;

Amendment  182

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 1 – point b c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bc) operators found guilty, in criminal or administrative proceedings, of having committed, in one ore more Member States, a serious infringement of Union legislation, particularly concerning:

 

– working hours and rest periods for fishermen;

 

– health and safety legislation;

 

– pay and employment conditions in the trade;

 

– the initial qualification and continuous training of fishermen;

Amendment  183

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) operators who committed other cases of non compliance with the CFP rules which seriously jeopardise the sustainability of the stocks concerned;

(c) operators who have committed other serious infringements of the CFP rules which seriously jeopardise the sustainability of the stocks concerned;

Amendment  184

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) operators who have failed to comply with the provisions of the Council Regulation (EC) No 199/2008 of 25 February 2008 concerning the establishment of a Community framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the CFP1.

 

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1 OJ L 60, 5.3.2008, p.1.

Amendment  185

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Member States shall require that operators submitting an application under the EMFF provide to the managing authority a signed statement confirming that they respect the criteria listed in paragraph 1 and have not committed an irregularity under the EEF or the EMFF as referred to in paragraph 2. Member States shall verify the veracity of the statement before the approval of the operation

4. Member States shall require that operators submitting an application under the EMFF provide to the managing authority a signed statement confirming that they respect the criteria listed in paragraph 1 and paragraph 2. Member States shall verify the veracity of the statement before the approval of the operation, by reference to the information provided in the national register of infringements established under Article 93 of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009, or to other data provided for this purpose.

Amendment  186

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) operations increasing the fishing capacity of the vessel;

(a) operations increasing the fishing capacity of the vessel or its ability to catch fish;

Amendment  187

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) operations jeopardising the sustainability of marine biological resources and ecosystems;

Amendment  188

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point a b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ab) destructive employment measures;

Amendment  189

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) construction of new fishing vessels, decommissioning or importation of fishing vessels;

(b) construction of new fishing vessels, decommissioning or importation of fishing vessels, except under the conditions referred to in Article 32b;

Amendment  190

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) investments on board for vessels belonging to a fleet segment for which the capacity report, referred to in Article 34(1) of Regulation (EU) No …/… [on CFP], has demonstrated that there is no sustainable balance between fishing opportunities and fleet capacity;

Amendment  191

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) temporary cessation of fishing activities;

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Amendment  192

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) experimental fishing;

(d) exploratory fishing;

Amendment  193

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) transfer of ownership of a business;

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Amendment  194

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The resources available for commitments from the EMFF for the period 2014 to 2020 under shared management shall be EUR 5 520 000 000 in current prices in accordance with the annual breakdown set out in Annex II.

1. The indicative amount available for commitments from the EMFF for the period 2014 to 2020 under shared management shall be EUR X in constant 2011 prices in accordance with the indicative annual breakdown set out in Annex II.

Amendment  195

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. EUR 4 535 000 000 of the resources referred to in paragraph (1) shall be allocated to the sustainable development of fisheries, aquaculture and fisheries areas under Chapters I, II and III of Title V.

2. EUR X of the resources referred to in paragraph (1) shall be allocated to the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture, of the processing and marketing of fishery and aquaculture products, and of fisheries areas under Chapters I to IV of Title V.

Amendment  196

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. EUR 477 000 000 of the resources referred to in paragraph (1) shall be allocated to control and enforcement measures referred to in Article 78.

3. A minimum of EUR X of the resources referred to in paragraph 1 shall be allocated to the control and enforcement measures referred to in Article 78.

Amendment  197

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. EUR 358 000 000 of the resources referred to in paragraph (1) shall be allocated to measures on data collection referred to in Article 79.

4. A minimum of EUR X of the resources referred to in paragraph 1 shall be allocated to the data collection and management measures referred to in Article 79.

Amendment  198

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 5 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. The resources allocated to compensation of outermost regions under Chapter V of Title V, shall not exceed per year:

5. The resources allocated to compensation of outermost regions under Chapter V of Title V, shall not exceed:

Amendment  199

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 5 – indent 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– EUR 4 300 000 for the Azores and Madeira;

– EUR X per year for the Azores and Madeira;

Amendment  200

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 5 – indent 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– EUR 5 800 000 for the Canary Islands;

– EUR X per year for the Canary Islands;

Amendment  201

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 5 – indent 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– EUR 4 900 000 for the French Guiana and Réunion.

– EUR X per year for the French outermost regions.

Amendment  202

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. EUR 45 000 000 of the resources referred to in paragraph (1) shall be allocated to the storage aid referred to in Article 72 from 2014 to 2018 included.

6. EUR X of the resources referred to in paragraph (1) shall be allocated to the production and marketing plans referred to in Article 69 and to the storage aid referred to in Article 70.

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Amendment  203

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

An amount of EUR 1 047 000 000 of the EMFF shall allocated to measures under direct management as specified in Chapter I and II of Title VI. This amount includes technical assistance under Article 91.

An amount of EUR X of the EMFF shall be allocated to measures under direct management as specified in Chapter I and II of Title VI. This amount includes technical assistance under Article 91.

 

The budgetary resources allocated to the Integrated Maritime Policy shall not exceed 6 % of the total EMFF budget.

Amendment  204

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 16a

 

[Annual reference amounts and annual appropriations]

 

1. The overall indicative financial reference amount, as defined in the point [17] of the Interinstitutional Agreement of xx/201z between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on cooperation in budgetary matters and sound financial management for the implementation of the Programme for the period 2014 to 2020 shall be EUR X in constant 2011 prices.

 

2. Annual appropriations shall be authorised by the European Parliament and the Council without prejudice to the provisions of the Regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014–2020 and the Interinstitutional Agreement xxx/201z between the European Parliament, Council and the Commission on cooperation in budgetary matters and sound financial management.

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Amendment  205

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point a – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) the level of employment in fisheries and aquaculture,

(i) the level of employment in fisheries, in aquaculture and in the processing industry,

Amendment  206

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point a – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) the level of production in fisheries and aquaculture,

(ii) the level of production in fisheries, in aquaculture and in the processing industry,

Amendment  207

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) the extent of data collections tasks of the Member State concerned, approximated by the size of the national fishing fleet, the amount of landings, the amount of scientific monitoring activities at sea and the number of surveys the Member State is taking part in, and

(iii) the extent of the data collection and management tasks of the Member State concerned, approximated by the size of the national fishing fleet, the amount of landings, the amount of scientific monitoring activities at sea and the number of surveys the Member State is taking part in, and

Amendment  208

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iv

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iv) the available data collection resources compared to the extent of the data collection tasks of the Member State, where available means are approximated to the number of observers at sea and the amount of human resources and technical means needed to implement the national sampling programme for data collection.

(iv) the data collection and management resources that are available compared to the extent of the data collection and management tasks of the Member State, where available means are approximated to human resources and technical means needed to implement the national sampling programme for data collection.

Amendment  209

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

c) As regards all measures, the historical allocations under Council Regulation (EC) No 1198/2006 and the historical consumption under Council Regulation (EC) No 861/2006.

(c) As regards all measures, the previous allocation of funds under Council Regulation (EC) No 1198/2006 for the 2007–2013 period and the previous consumption under Council Regulation (EC) No 861/2006.

Amendment  210

Proposal for a regulation

Article 18 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Each Member State shall draw up a single operational programme to implement the Union priorities to be co–financed by the EMFF.

1. Each Member State shall draw up a single operational programme to implement the Union priorities referred to in Article 6 of this Regulation to be co–financed by the EMFF.

Amendment  211

Proposal for a regulation

Article 18 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. For the section of the operational programme referred to in Article 20(1)(n) the Commission shall adopt by means of implementing act the priorities of the Union for enforcement and control policy by 31 May 2013 at the latest.

3. For the section of the operational programme referred to in Article 20(1)(n), the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 127, setting the priorities of the Union for enforcement and control policy by 31 May 2013 at the latest.

Amendment  212

Proposal for a regulation

Article 19 – paragraph 2 (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2) each Member State shall include a production and marketing plan as referred to in Article 32 of Regulation (EU) No …/….[ on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products].

Justification

As the preparation of production and marketing plans is included under Union priorities (see previous amendment to Art. 6 paragraph 2 (d)) it is essential that the Member States operational programme includes such plans.

Amendment  213

Proposal for a regulation

Article 19 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) appropriate action is envisaged to simplify and facilitate the implementation of the programme;

(c) appropriate action is envisaged to simplify and facilitate the implementation of the programme, in particular facilitating access by –small scale coastal fishing operators and their organisations to the available financial support;

Amendment  214

Proposal for a regulation

Article 19 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) where applicable, consistency of the measures under Union priorities for EMFF referred to in Article 38(1)d of this Regulation and the prioritised action frameworks for Natura 2000 referred to in Article 8(4) of Council Directive 92/43/EEC as well as the achievement of good environmental status as defined in Directive 2008/56/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 establishing a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy (Marine Strategy Framework Directive).

Amendment  215

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) an analysis of the situation in terms of SWOT and identification of the needs that have to be addressed in the geographical area covered by the programme;

(b) an analysis of the situation in terms of SWOT and identification of the needs that have to be addressed in the geographical and environmental area covered by the programme;

The analysis shall be structured around the Union priorities. Specific needs concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation and promotion of innovation shall be assessed across Union priorities, in view of identifying relevant responses in these two areas at the level of each priority; a synthesis of the situation of the policy areas eligible for support in terms of strengths and weaknesses;

The analysis shall be structured around the Union priorities as laid down in Article 6. Specific needs concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation and promotion of innovation shall be assessed in relation to Union priorities, with a view to identifying the most relevant responses at the level of each of the priorities related to those areas;

 

This analysis shall also cover the effects on each coastal region or area of implementing the CFP.

Amendment  216

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) an analysis of the consequences for jobs, throughout the whole value chain, of implementing the CFP and innovative proposals for jobs in the affected areas;

Amendment  217

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) a demonstration of a pertinent approach integrated into the programme towards innovation, the environment, including the specific needs of Natura 2000 areas, and climate change mitigation and adaptation;

(c) an analysis showing that the programme takes account of the effects of fishing and aquaculture on the environment and, where appropriate, the specific needs of Natura 2000 areas, as well as the achievement of good environmental status, the establishment of a coherent network of fish recovery areas and climate change mitigation and adaptation;

Amendment  218

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) an assessment of the balance between fishing capacity and available fishing opportunities, as required under Regulation (EU) No …/…. [on the CFP] and a description of the measures taken to comply with fishing capacity ceilings set out in Annex II to that Regulation;

Amendment  219

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point h

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(h) a clear indication of the operations under Chapter III of Title V that may be undertaken collectively and therefore may benefit from higher aid intensity according to Article 95(3);

(h) a clear indication of the measures under Chapter III of Title V that may be undertaken collectively and therefore may benefit from higher aid intensity according to Article 95(3);

Amendment  220

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point h a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ha) an assessment of the balance between fishing capacity and available fishing opportunities as required under Regulation (EU) No …/…. [on the CFP] and a description of the measures taken to comply with fishing capacity ceilings set out in Annex II to that Regulation;

Amendment  221

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point h b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(hb) a detailed description of the measures concerning the preparation and implementation of production and marketing plans benefiting from support under Article 69;

Amendment  222

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) an analysis of needs relating to monitoring and evaluation requirements and the evaluation plan referred to in Article 49 of the [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions]. The Member States shall provide sufficient resources and capacity building activities to address the identified needs;

(i) the evaluation requirements and the evaluation plan referred to in Article 49 of the [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions] and the measures to be taken to address the identified needs;

Amendment  223

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point j – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) a table setting out the applicable EMFF resources and co–financing rate for the objectives under the Union priorities of Article 6 and the technical assistance. Where applicable, this table shall indicate separately the EMFF resources and the co–financing rates which apply by way of derogation to the general rule of Article 94(1) for support referred to in Article 72, Article 73, Article 78(2)(a) to (d) and (f) to (j), Article 78(2)(e) and Article 79.

(ii) a table setting out the applicable EMFF resources and co–financing rate for the Union priorities of Article 6 and the technical assistance. Where applicable, this table shall indicate separately the EMFF resources and the co–financing rates which apply by way of derogation to the general rule of Article 94(1) for support referred to in Article 72, Article 73, Article 78(2)(a) to (d) and (f) to (j), Article 78(2)(e) and Article 79.

Amendment  224

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point k

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(k) information on the complementarity with measures financed through other CSF Funds or the LIFE Framework Programme;

(k) information on complementarity with measures financed through other Union policies and financial instruments;

Amendment  225

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point l – point ia (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ia) a clear description of the roles to be performed by the FLAGs and by the management authority or body appointed for setting strategy implementation tasks;

Amendment  226

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point l – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) a description of the monitoring and evaluation procedures, as well as the composition of the Monitoring Committee;

(ii) a description of the monitoring and evaluation procedures, as well as the general composition of the Monitoring Committee;

Amendment  227

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point m

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(m) the designation of the partners referred to in Article 5 of the [Regulation (EU) No [...] laying down Common Provisions] and the results of the consultation of the partners;

(m) the procedure for designation of the partners referred to in Article 5 of the [Regulation (EU) No [...] laying down Common Provisions] and the results of the consultation of the partners; changes with regard to partners may be implemented during the programme with the agreement of the Monitoring Committee;

Amendment  228

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point n – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) a list of bodies implementing the control, inspection and enforcement system and a brief description of their human and financial resources available for fisheries control, inspection and enforcement, their equipment available for fisheries control, inspection and enforcement in particular the number of vessels, aircraft and helicopters;

(i) a list of bodies implementing the control, inspection and enforcement system and a brief description of their human and financial resources available for fisheries control, inspection and enforcement, their main equipment available for fisheries control, inspection and enforcement in particular the number of vessels, aircraft and helicopters;

Amendment  229

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point o – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(o) for the objective of collection of data for sustainable fisheries management referred in under Articles 6(6) and 18(4) and in accordance with the multiannual Union programme referred to in Article 37(5) of the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy]:

(o) for the objective of collection of data for sustainable ecosystem–based fisheries management referred in under Articles 6(6) and 18(4) and in accordance with the multiannual Union programme referred to in Article 37(5) of the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy] and for the analysis of the socio–economic situation of the processing and marketing industry for fisheries and aquaculture products:

Amendment  230

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point o – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) a description of activities of data collection to be carried out to allow the following:

(i) a description of activities of data collection, to be carried out in consultation with stakeholders to allow the following:

Amendment  231

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point o – point i – indent 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– an evaluation of the fishing sector (biological, economical and transversal variables as well as research surveys at sea),

– an evaluation of the fishing sector (biological, economic, social and transversal variables throughout the value chain, as well as research surveys at sea),

Amendment  232

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point o – point i – indent 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– an evaluation of the economic situation of aquaculture and processing industries,

– an evaluation of the economic and social situation of aquaculture and processing industries,

Amendment  233

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point o – point i – indent 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

– an evaluation of the effects of the fishing sector on the ecosystem.

– an evaluation of the effects of the fishing and aquaculture sectors on the ecosystem to enable comparisons to be made between types of fishing and aquaculture activities and fleet segments according to the requirements of Regulation (EU) No …/…. [on the CFP].

Amendment  234

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point o – point iii – sub–paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) a demonstration of the capability to achieve sound financial and administrative management of the data collected.

(iii) a justification of the capability to achieve sound financial and administrative management of the data collected.

Amendment  235

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. The Commission shall lay down, by means of implementing acts, rules for the presentation of the elements described in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3. These implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 128(2).

4. The Commission shall adopt implementing acts, laying down rules for the presentation of the elements described in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3. These implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 128(3).

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Amendment  236

Proposal for a regulation

Article 21 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission shall approve the operational programme by means of implementing act.

2. The Commission shall adopt implementing acts approving the operational programme when it is satisfied the requirements of paragraph 1 have been met. Once approved the operational programmes shall be made available to the public.

Amendment  237

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

For this purpose, the Commission shall adopt a decision, by means of implementing act, detailing the changes in the priorities of the Union in the enforcement and control policy mentioned in Article 18(3) and the corresponding eligible operations to be prioritised.

For this purpose, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 127, detailing the changes in the priorities of the Union in the enforcement and control policy mentioned in Article 18(3) and the corresponding eligible operations to be prioritised.

Amendment  238

on behalf of the EPP Group, S&D Group

Compromise amendment replacing Amendments 950, 951, 952, 953, 954, 955

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22– paragraph 2 – subparagraph 3

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Taking into account the new priorities laid down in the decision mentioned in the second sub-paragraph of this paragraph, Member States shall submit to the Commission by 31 October of the year preceding the year of implementation concerned, the amendment to the Operational Programme.

Member States may amend their operational programme, taking into account the new priorities laid down in the decision mentioned in the second sub-paragraph of this paragraph. Member States shall submit any such amendments to the Commission by 31 October of the year preceding the year of implementation concerned.

Or. en

Amendment  239

Proposal for a regulation

Article 23 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. For the purpose of application of Article 20(1)(o), Member States shall submit to the Commission an annual work plan before 31 October each year. Annual work plans shall contain a description of the procedures and methods to be used in collecting and analysing data and in estimating their accuracy and precision.

1. For the purpose of application of Article 20(1)(o), Member States shall submit to the Commission, before 31 October each year, an annual work plan or shall notify the Commission of the continuation of the plan that was in force the previous year. Annual work plans shall be drawn up within the framework of a multiannual national programme, in accordance with the Union programme and shall contain a description of the procedures and methods to be used in collecting and analysing data and in estimating their accuracy and precision.

Amendment  240

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) introduction or withdrawal of measures or types of operations;

(b) introduction or withdrawal of measures or types of relevant operations and the information and indicators related to them;

Amendment  241

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. These implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 128(2).

2. The implementing acts referred to in paragraph 1shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 128(3).

Amendment  242

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Annual work programme

Multiannual operational programme and annual work programmes

Amendment  243

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. To implement Chapters I and II of Title VI and Article 92, the Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt annual work programme in accordance with objectives set out in those Chapters. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 128(3).

1. In order to establish the details for the application of Chapters I and II of Title VI and Article 92, the Commission shall adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 127, setting up a multiannual operational programme, one of the tasks of which shall be to establishing annual work programmes, in accordance with the objectives set out in those Chapters.

Amendment  244

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The annual work programme shall set out the objectives pursued, the expected results, the method of implementation and its total amount. It shall also contain a description of the activities to be financed, an indication of the amount allocated to each activity, an indicative implementation timetable, as well as information on their implementation. It shall include for grants the priorities, the essential evaluation criteria and the maximum rate of co–financing.

2. The multiannual operational programme and the annual work programmes shall set out the objectives pursued, the expected results, the method of implementation and its total amount. They shall also contain a description of the activities to be financed, an indication of the amount allocated to each activity and an indicative implementation timetable, as well as information on their implementation. For grants, they shall include the priorities, the essential evaluation criteria and the maximum rate of co–financing. They shall furthermore include a requirement for annual reports on budget implementation.

Amendment  245

Proposal for a regulation

Article 27 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The owner of a fishing vessel having received support under Articles 32(1)(b), 36, 39(1)(a), or 40(2) of this Regulation shall not transfer the vessel to a third country outside the Union during at least 5 years following the date of actual payment to the beneficiary.

1. The owner of a fishing vessel having received support under Articles 32, 36, 39 or 40 of this Regulation shall not transfer the vessel to a third country outside the Union for at least five years following the date of actual payment of that support to the beneficiary, unless that support is reimbursed by the beneficiary on a pro rata temporis basis before such transfer. The first sentence of this paragraph shall be without prejudice to Article 135 of the [Financial Regulation].

Amendment  246

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to stimulate innovation in fisheries, the EMFF may support projects aiming at developing or introducing new or substantially improved products compared to the state of art, new or improved processes, new or improved management and organisation systems.

1. In order to stimulate innovation in fisheries and the processing industry, the EMFF may support projects aiming at developing or introducing new or substantially improved techniques, equipment or products, for example through designing innovative vessels, as well as new or improved processes and new or improved management and organisation systems, provided that such projects contribute to the objectives listed in Article 2 of Regulation (EU) No …/…. [on the CFP].

Amendment  247

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Operations financed under this Article must be carried out in collaboration with a scientific or technical body recognised by the Member State which shall validate the results of such operations.

2. Operations financed under this Article must be carried out by or in collaboration with a scientific or technical body recognised by the Member State or the Union which shall validate the results of such operations.

Amendment  248

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The results of operations financed under this Article shall be subject to adequate publicity by the Member State according to Article 120.

3. The results of operations financed under this Article shall be the subject of publicly accessible reports, as well as adequate publicity by the Member State according to Article 120.

Amendment  249

Proposal for a regulation

Article 28 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. The application procedure for innovation support shall be made more accessible in order to encourage more projects.

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Amendment  250

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to improve the overall performance and competitiveness of operators, the EMFF may support:

1. In order to improve the overall performance and competitiveness of operators and to promote more sustainable fisheries, the EMFF may support:

Amendment  251

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) the provision of professional advice on the development of more sustainable fishing practices, with a focus on limiting and, where possible, eliminating the impact of such activities on marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems;

Amendment  252

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 1 – point a b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ab) the provision of technical, legal or economic advisory services linked to projects potentially eligible for support under this Chapter;

Amendment  253

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the provision of professional advice on business and marketing strategies.

(b) the provision of professional advice on business and marketing strategies, including advice on promotion, marketing and public relations.

Amendment  254

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The feasibility studies and advice referred to respectively in paragraph 1(a) and (b) shall be provided by recognised scientific or technical bodies with the required advisory competences as recognised by the national law of each Member State.

2. The feasibility studies, advice and services referred to in points (a), (aa), (ab) and (b) of paragraph 1 shall be provided by recognised scientific, academic, professional or technical bodies with the required advisory competences as recognised by the national law of each Member State.

Amendment  255

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The support referred to in paragraph 1 shall be granted to operators or organisations of fishermen, recognised by the Member State, who commissioned the feasibility study referred to in paragraph 1.

3. The support referred to in paragraph 1 shall be granted to operators, organisations of fishermen or public law bodies recognised by the Member State, who commissioned the feasibility study or who requested the advice or advisory services referred to under points (a), (aa), (ab) and (b) of paragraph 1.

Amendment  256

Proposal for a regulation

Article 29 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Member States shall ensure that operations to be financed under this Article are selected through an accelerated procedure.

4. Member States shall ensure that operations to be financed under this Article are selected through an accelerated procedure, in particular in the case of –small scale coastal fisheries and inland fishing.

Amendment  257

Proposal for a regulation

Article 30 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to foster the transfer of knowledge between scientists and fishermen, the EMFF may support:

1. In order to foster the improved collection, promotion and transfer of knowledge between scientists and fishermen, the EMFF may support:

Amendment  258

Proposal for a regulation

Article 30 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the creation of a network composed by one or more independent scientific bodies and fishermen or one or more organisations of fishermen;

(a) the creation of networks, partnership agreements, contracts or associations between one or more independent scientific bodies and fishermen or one or more organisations of fishermen, with the participation of those public bodies of Member States that wish to participate;

Amendment  259

Proposal for a regulation

Article 30 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the activities carried out by a network as referred in point (a).

(b) the activities carried out in the framework of the networks, partnership agreements, contracts or associations created in accordance with point (a).

Amendment  260

Proposal for a regulation

Article 30 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Activities referred to in paragraph 1(b) may cover data collection activities, studies, dissemination of knowledge and best practices.

2. Activities referred to in paragraph 1(b) may cover data collection and management activities, joint research projects, studies, pilot projects, seminars, dissemination of knowledge and best practices.

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Amendment  261

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) lifelong learning, dissemination of scientific knowledge and innovative practices, and acquisition of new professional skills in particular linked to the sustainable management of marine ecosystems, activities in the maritime sector, innovation and entrepreneurship;

(a) actions and operations to promote professional training, lifelong learning, dissemination of scientific, technical, economic or legal knowledge and innovative practices, and acquisition of new professional skills, in particular those linked to:

 

– the sustainable management of marine and inland water ecosystems;

 

– activities in the maritime sector;

 

– innovation;

 

– entrepreneurship, especially access by young people to fishing professions;

 

– hygiene, health and safety;

 

– training fishermen to implement the provisions of the CFP;

 

– the prevention of occupational risks.

Amendment  262

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) networking and exchange of experience and best practice between stakeholders including among organisations promoting equal opportunities between men and women;

(b) networking and exchange of experience and best practice between stakeholders including among training organisations and those organisations that promote equal opportunities between men and women and the promotion of [recognition of] the crucial role performed by women in fishing communities;

Amendment  263

Proposal for a regulation

Article 31 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) promoting the social dialogue at national, regional or local level involving fishermen and other relevant stakeholders.

(c) the promotion of social dialogue at Union, national, regional and local level involving operators, the social partners and other relevant stakeholders, with particular reference to under–represented groups such as those involved in –small scale coastal fishing and in on–foot fishing.

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Amendment  264

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Facilitating diversification and job creation

Facilitating entrepreneurship, diversification and job creation

Amendment  265

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32– paragraph –-1 (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

–-1. In order to foster entrepreneurship and to facilitate job creation, the EMFF may support the transfer of ownership of an existing business in the fishing sector, on condition that they do so only for beneficiaries younger than 35 years old and follow the criteria set out in Article 32a.

Amendment  266

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to facilitate diversification and job creation outside fishing, the EMFF may support:

1. In order to facilitate diversification, the EMFF may also support complementary activities related to the core fishing business through:

Amendment  267

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) business start–ups outside fishing;

(aa) investments on board in activities that complement fishing, such as environmental services and educational or tourism activities;

Amendment  268

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) retrofitting of small scale coastal fishing vessels in order to reassign them for activities outside fishing.

(b) retrofitting of small scale coastal fishing vessels in order to reassign them to activities outside commercial fishing.

Amendment  269

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) retrofitting of small scale coastal fishing vessels in order to reassign them for activities outside fishing.

(Does not affect English version.)

Amendment  270

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Support under paragraph 1 (a) shall be granted to fishermen who:

2. Support under paragraph –1 and paragraph 1 (aa) shall be granted to fishermen who:

Amendment  271

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 – paragraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) submit a business plan for the development of their new activities;

(a) submit a business plan for the development of their activities;

Amendment  272

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Support under paragraph 1(b) shall be granted to small scale coastal fishermen owning a Union fishing vessel registered as active and which have carried out fishing activities at sea at least 60 days during the two years preceding the date of submission of the application. The fishing licence associated with the fishing vessel shall be permanently withdrawn.

3. Support under paragraph 1(b) shall be granted to small scale coastal fishermen owning a Union fishing vessel registered as active and which have carried out fishing activities at sea at least 60 days during the two calendar years preceding the date of submission of the application.

Amendment  273

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. Support under paragraph 1(c) shall be granted only to fishermen provided that the complementary activities to fishing relate to the core fishing business, such as angling tourism, restaurants, fishing environmental services or educational activities on fishing.

Amendment  274

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Beneficiaries of the support referred to in paragraph 1 shall not engage in professional fishing in the five years following the reception of the last payment of the support.

deleted

Amendment  275

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. The amount of financial assistance granted under paragraph 1 (a) shall not exceed 50% of the budget foreseen in the business plan for each operation and shall not exceed a maximum amount of 50 000 EUR for each operation.

6. The amount of financial assistance granted under paragraph –1 and paragraph 1(aa) shall not exceed 50 % of the budget foreseen in the business plan for each operation and shall not exceed a maximum amount of EUR 100 000 for each operation.

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Amendment  276

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 32a

 

Start–up support for young fishermen

 

1. The EMFF may grant individual support to young fishermen on condition that they:

 

– are younger than 35 years;

 

– demonstrate that they have worked for at least five years as fisherman or have equivalent professional training;

 

– acquired, for the first time, ownership of a –small scale coastal fishing vessel which is between five and 20 years old and has carried out fishing activities during the five previous years.

 

2. The fishing vessel referred to in paragraph 1 shall belong to a fleet segment for which the capacity report, referred to in Article 34(1) of Regulation (EU) No …/…. [on CFP], shows that fishing opportunities and fleet capacity are in equilibrium.

 

3. The amount of the support referred to in paragraph 1 shall not exceed EUR 100 000 .

Amendment  277

Proposal for a regulation

Article 32 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 32b

 

Investments for the fleet renewal

 

1. The EMFF may support investments for the renewal of –small scale coastal fishing vessels that are more than 35 years old, subject to the following conditions:

 

(i) the vessel belongs to a fleet segment for which the capacity report referred to in Article 34(1) of Regulation (EU) No …/…. [on CFP] has demonstrated that fishing opportunities and fleet capacity are in equilibrium and the investment would reduce the vessel's capacity, fishing effort and energy consumption by at least 40 %;

 

(ii) the investment substantially improves the selectivity of the vessel's gear;

 

(iii) the investment respects on-board safety requirements ;

 

(iv) the vessel has carried out fishing activities during the five previous years.

 

2. The support referred to in paragraph 1 shall only be granted to vessel owners and, with the exception of traditional fishing vessels, shall only be granted in return for the scrapping of the vessel that is more than 35 years old.

 

3. The amount of the support referred to in paragraph 1 shall not exceed 15% of the total investment and EUR 80 000.

 

4. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 127, laying down detailed rules for the application of the criteria set out in this Article.

Amendment  278

Proposal for a regulation

Article 33 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Health and safety on board

Health, hygiene and safety on board

Amendment  279

Proposal for a regulation

Article 33 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to improve working conditions on board for fishermen the EMFF may support investments on board or in individual equipments providing that these investments go beyond standards required under national or Union law.

1. In order to improve health, hygiene, safety, working and living conditions on board for fishermen, the EMFF may support investments on board or in individual equipments provided that these investments go beyond standards required under national or Union law and do not increase the fishing capacity of the vessel.

Amendment  280

Proposal for a regulation

Article 33 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. In order to improve care for fishermen in the event of an accident, the EMFF may promote joint projects to make medical training widely available to entire crews.

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Amendment  281

Proposal for a regulation

Article 33 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 33a

 

Temporary cessation of fishing activities

 

1. The EMFF shall only contribute to financing measures for the temporary cessation of fishing activities in the following cases :

 

(a) acting within the scope of a multiannual plan as defined in Regulation (EU) No …/…. [on the CFP ];

 

(b) when the Commission has adopted emergency pursuant to Article 13 of Regulation (EU) No …/…. [on the CFP ];

 

(c) during biological recovery periods at given critical phases of the life cycles of species, where such measures are necessary for the sustainable exploitation of fishery resources, helping to sustain stocks and allowing fishing to continue outside such rest periods.

 

Support shall be granted by means of financial compensation for the period of inactivity.

 

2. The duration of the measures referred to in paragraph 1 shall be determined on the basis of the best available scientific research concerning the status of stocks.

 

3. The recurrent seasonal suspension of fishing periods which is not covered by paragraph 1(c) shall not be taken into account when granting compensation or making payments under this Article.

 

4. The EMFF may contribute to the financing of the measures referred to in paragraph 1 for affected fishermen and owners of fishing vessels, for a maximum period of six months per vessel throughout the programming period. The support shall be granted to:

 

(a) the owners of fishing vessels included in the Union Fleet Register who have engaged in fishing activities for at least 120 days preceding the submission of the application for support; and

 

(b) crew members who have worked on board a fishing vessel affected by temporary cessation of activities under the conditions referred to in point (a) of this paragraph.

 

4. During periods when the support referred to in paragraph 1 is being received, the fishing vessel and the crew members affected shall not engage in any fishing activity. Member States shall ensure that activity has ceased.

Amendment  282

Proposal for a regulation

Article 33 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 33b

 

Mutual funds for the purpose of insurance

 

1. The EMFF may contribute to mutual funds recognised by a Member State in accordance with its national law which enable fishermen who are affiliated members to insure themselves against losses caused by:

 

(a) natural disasters; or

 

(b) environmental or health incidents.

 

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2. Events shall be formally recognised as natural disasters or environmental or health incidents by the Member State concerned or, if they so require, by the internal rules of the mutual fund . Member States may, where appropriate, establish criteria in advance based on which such formal recognition shall be deemed to be granted.

Amendment  283

Proposal for a regulation

Article 34

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 34

deleted

Support to systems of transferable fishing concessions of the CFP

 

1. In order to establish or modify systems of transferable fishing concessions under Article 27 of the [Regulation on the CFP], the EMFF may support:

 

a) the design and development of technical and administrative means necessary for the creation or functioning of a transferable fishing concessions system;

 

b) stakeholder participation in designing and developing transferable fishing concessions systems;

 

c) the monitoring and evaluation of transferable fishing concessions systems;

 

d) the management of transferable concessions systems.

 

2. Support under paragraph 1 (a), (b) and (c) shall only be granted to public authorities. Support under paragraph 1 (d) of this Article shall be granted to public authorities legal or natural persons or recognized producer organizations involved in collective management of pooled transferable fishing concessions in accordance with Article 28(4) of the Regulation on Common Fisheries.

 

Justification

The rapporteur is opposed to the introduction of transferable fishing concessions. Such an arrangement would serve to monetise fishing rights and would endanger small–scale and coastal fishing.

Amendment  284

Proposal for a regulation

Article 35 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Support to the implementation of conservation measures under the CFP

Support for the design and implementation of conservation measures under the CFP

Amendment  285

Proposal for a regulation

Article 35 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.In order to ensure efficient implementation of conservation measures under Articles 17 and 21 of the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy] the EMFF may support:

1. In order to ensure efficient design and implementation of the CFP's priorities on regionalisation and conservation measures adopted under the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy], including the multiannual plans, the EMFF may support:

Amendment  286

Proposal for a regulation

Article 35 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the design and development of technical and administrative means necessary for the implementation of conservation measures in the meaning of Articles 17 and 21 of the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy];

(a) the design, development and monitoring of technical and administrative means necessary for the drafting and implementation of the multiannual plans and conservation measures in the meaning of the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy];

Amendment  287

Proposal for a regulation

Article 35 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) the establishment of a coherent network of fish stock recovery areas pursuant to Regulation (EU) No …/… [on CFP];

Amendment  288

Proposal for a regulation

Article 35 – paragraph 1 – point a b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ab) the implementation of biological recovery periods;

Amendment  289

Proposal for a regulation

Article 35 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) stakeholder participation in designing and implementing conservation measures in the meaning of Articles 17 and 21 of the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy]

(b) stakeholder participation and cooperation between Member States in designing and implementing the multiannual plans and conservation measures in the meaning of the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy]

Amendment  290

Proposal for a regulation

Article 35 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The support referred to in paragraph 1 shall only be granted to public authorities.

2. The support referred to in paragraph 1 may be granted to public authorities, to Advisory Councils, to scientific bodies, to recognised organisations of fishermen and to producer organisations, provided that they are involved in the implementation of the multiannual plans and the conservation measures under the CFP.

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Amendment  291

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to reduce the impact of fishing on the marine environment, foster the elimination of discards and facilitate the transition to exploitation of living marine biological resources that restores and maintains populations of harvested species above levels which can produce the MSY, the EMFF may support investments in equipment:

1. In order to reduce the impact of fishing on the marine environment, foster the elimination of discards and facilitate the transition to a sustainable exploitation of living marine biological resources that restores and maintains populations of harvested species above levels which can produce the MSY, the EMFF may support research and investments in equipment, instruments or systems:

Amendment  292

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) replacing the fishing gear provided that the new gear has a more appropriate size, a better species selectivity, a limited impact on the marine environment and vulnerable marine ecosystems and does not increase the capacity of the fishing vessel to catch fish;

Amendment  293

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) reducing unwanted catches of commercial stocks or other by–catches;

(b) reducing unwanted or unauthorised catches of commercial stocks or other by–catches, with an emphasis on the development and introduction of devices to reduce these catches;

Amendment  294

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) limiting the physical and biological impacts of fishing on the ecosystem or the sea bed.

(c) limiting and, where possible, eliminating the physical and biological impacts of fishing on the ecosystem or the sea bed, particularly in areas identified as biogeographically sensitive;

Amendment  295

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) protecting gear and catches from mammals and birds protected by Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora1 or Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds2, provided that it does not undermine the selectivity of the fishing gear and that all appropriate measures are taken to avoid physical damage to the predators.

 

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1 OJ L 206 , 22.7.1992 p.7.

 

2 OJ L 20, 26.1.2010, p. 7.

Amendment  296

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 1 – point c b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(cb) reducing the negative impact of fishing activities on animal welfare.

Amendment  297

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 1 – point c c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(cc) contributing to the assessment of fish stocks.

Amendment  298

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. In the outermost regions, the support referred to in paragraph 1 may be granted to anchored fish aggregating devices (FADs) only if they contribute to sustainable and selective fishing.

Amendment  299

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Support shall only be granted when the gear or other equipment referred under paragraph 1 has demonstrably better size–selection or lower impact on non–target species than the standard gear or other equipment permitted under Union law or relevant national law of Member States adopted in the context of regionalisation as referred to in the [Regulation on the CFP].

3. Support shall only be granted when the gear or other equipment referred under paragraph 1 demonstrably has a substantially better size–selection and a lower impact on the ecosystem and on non–target species than the standard gear or other equipment, instruments or systems permitted under Union law or relevant national law of Member States adopted in the context of regionalisation as referred to in the [Regulation on the CFP].

Amendment  300

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 – paragraph 4 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) fishermen who own the gear to be replaced and who have worked on board of a Union fishing vessel for at least 60 days during the two years preceding the date of submission of the application;

(b) fishermen who own the gear, instruments or systems to be replaced and who have worked on board of a Union fishing vessel for at least 60 days during the two years preceding the date of submission of the application;

Amendment  301

Proposal for a regulation

Article 36 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 36a

 

Support to mitigate the economic impact of exceptional events

 

In order to mitigate the economic impact of an exceptional event that prevents normal fishery from being conducted, support may be granted under the EMFF to fishing vessel owners and fishermen for the temporary suspension of fisheries activities. The implementation of fish stock conservation measures shall not be considered to be an exceptional event.

Justification

Alongside fish stock conservation measures, the EMFF Regulation must include an instrument for addressing exceptional events, such as natural disasters or large–scale maritime pollution, in order to mitigate the situation, on a temporary basis, for the fishing vessel owners and fishermen affected.

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Amendment  302

Proposal for a regulation

Article 37 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to contribute to the elimination of discards and by–catches and facilitate the transition to exploitation of living marine biological resources that restores and maintains populations of harvested species above levels which can produce the MSY, the EMFF may support projects aiming at developing or introducing new technical or organisational knowledge reducing impacts of fishing activities on the environment or achieving a more sustainable use of marine biological resources.

1. In order to contribute to the elimination of discards and by–catches and facilitate the transition to exploitation of living marine biological resources that restores and maintains populations of harvested species above levels which can produce the MSY, the EMFF may support projects that aim to develope, improve or introduce new technical or organisational knowledge reducing impacts of fishing activities on the environment, including improved fishing techniques and improved selectivity of fishing operations, or to achieve a more sustainable use of marine biological resources, based on an ecosystem-approach to fisheries management.

Amendment  303

Proposal for a regulation

Article 37 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Operations financed under this Article must be carried out in collaboration with a scientific or technical body recognised by the national law of each Member State which shall validate the results of such operations.

2. Operations financed under this Article, which may be implemented by organisations of fishermen recognised by a Member State, shall be carried out in collaboration with a scientific or technical body recognised by each Member State which shall validate the results of such operations.

Amendment  304

Proposal for a regulation

Article 37 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The results of operations financed under this Article shall be the subject to adequate publicity by the Member State according to Article 120.

3. The results of operations financed under this Article shall be made publicly available by the Member State according to Article 120.

Amendment  305

Proposal for a regulation

Article 37 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Fishing vessels involved in projects financed under this Article shall not exceed 5 % of the vessels of the national fleet or 5 % of the national fleet tonnage in gross tonnage, calculated at the time of submission of the application.

4. Fishing vessels involved in projects financed under this Article shall not exceed 5 % of the vessels of the national fleet or 5 % of the national fleet tonnage in gross tonnage, calculated at the time of submission of the application. At the request of a Member State, in duly justified circumstances and on the basis of a recommendation by the STECF, the Commission may approve projects that exceed the limits set in this paragraph.

Amendment  306

Proposal for a regulation

Article 37 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. Operations consisting of testing new fishing gear or techniques shall be carried out within the limits of the fishing opportunities allocated to the Member State.

5. Operations consisting of testing new fishing gear or techniques shall be carried out within the limits of the fishing opportunities allocated to the Member State or within the quota for scientific research pursuant to Article 33(6) of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009.

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Amendment  307

Proposal for a regulation

Article 38 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to stimulate the participation of fishermen in the protection and restoration of marine biodiversity and ecosystems including the services they provide in the framework of sustainable fishing activities, the EMFF may support the following operations:

1. In order to stimulate the participation of fishermen in the protection and restoration of marine biodiversity and ecosystems including the services they provide in the framework of sustainable fishing activities, the EMFF may support the following operations which have a direct effect on the activities of the fishing sector:

(a) collection of waste from the sea such as the removal of lost fishing gears and marine litter;

(a) collection, by fishermen, of waste from the sea such as the removal of lost fishing gears and marine litter;

(b) the construction or installation of static or movable facilities intended to protect and enhance marine fauna and flora;

(b) the construction, installation or modernisation of static or movable facilities that can be easily dismantled which are intended to protect and enhance marine fauna and flora and scientific studies and evaluations of such facilities;

(c) the contribution to a better management or conservation of resources;

(c) the contribution to a better management or conservation of marine biological resources;

(d) management, restoration and monitoring NATURA 2000 sites in accordance with Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora and Council and European Parliament Directive 2009/147/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds, in accordance with prioritised action frameworks established pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC;

(d) the identification, selection, management, restoration and monitoring of:

 

(i) NATURA 2000 sites in accordance with Council Directive 92/43/EEC and Directive 2009/147/ECor in accordance with prioritised action frameworks established pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, where operations are related to fishing activities,

(e) management, restoration and monitoring of marine protected areas in view of the implementation of the spatial protection measures referred to in Article 13(4) of the European Parliament and Council Directive 2008/56/EC;

(ii) marine protected areas in view of the implementation of the spatial protection measures related to fishing activities referred to in Article 13(4) of Directive 2008/56/EC;

(f) the participation in other actions aimed at maintaining and enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services, such as the restoration of specific marine and coastal habitats in support of sustainable fish stocks.

(e) the participation in other actions aimed at maintaining and enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services, in connection with Union action in the field of marine environment policy and consistent with an ecosystem–based approach to fisheries management, such as the restoration of specific marine and coastal habitats in support of sustainable fish stocks, including the preparation of such actions and their scientific evaluation;

 

(ea) environmental awareness involving fishermen with regard to protection and restoration of marine biodiversity.

Amendment  308

Proposal for a regulation

Article 38 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Operations under this Article shall be implemented by public law bodies and shall involve fishermen or organisations of fishermen, recognised by the Member State, or non–governmental organisation in partnership with organisations of fishermen or FLAGs as defined under Article 62.

2. Operations under this Article shall be implemented by technical or scientific public law bodies and shall involve fishermen, Advisory Councils, organisations of fishermen recognised by the Member State, or non–governmental organisation in partnership with organisations of fishermen or FLAGs as defined under Article 62

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Amendment  309

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Mitigation of climate change

Energy efficiency and reduction of capacity

Amendment  310

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to mitigate the effects of climate change the EMFF may support:

1. In order to improve the energy efficiency of fishing vessels, the EMFF may support:

Amendment  311

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) investments on board aimed at reducing the emission of polluants or green–house gases and increasing energy efficiency of fishing vessels;

(a) investments in equipment or on board, aimed at reducing the emission of polluants or green–house gases and increasing energy efficiency of fishing vessels, including the withdrawal, replacement or modernisation of main or ancillary engines, provided that the power of the new engine is at least 40 % lower than that of the engine replaced;

Amendment  312

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) energy efficiency audits and schemes.

(b) energy efficiency audits, advice and schemes, provided that they do not lead to an increase in fishing effort.

Amendment  313

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) the protection and restoration of seagrass beds and coastal wetlands which are carbon sinks of critical importance in mitigating the negative impact of climate change;

Amendment  314

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – point b b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bb) replacement of high energy consuming fishing gears with lower energy consuming ones, provided that changes do not result in an increase in the fishing capacity of the fishing unit and that the replaced fishing gear is confiscated and destroyed;

Amendment  315

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 1 – point b c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bc) independent evaluations and audits of the energy footprint of fish products in the market place in order to allow consumers to differentiate fish products coming from fishing methods which are less energy intensive.

Amendment  316

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39– paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Support shall not contribute to the replacement or modernisation of main or ancillary engines. Support shall only be granted to owners of fishing vessels and not more than once during the programming period for the same fishing vessel.

2. Support shall be granted only to owners of fishing vessels and only once during the programming period for the same fishing vessel.

Amendment  317

Proposal for a regulation

Article 39 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 127 in order to define the investments eligible under paragraph 1(a).

3. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 127, fixing the investments eligible under paragraph 1(a) and laying down detailed rules for the application of the criteria set out in this Article.

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Amendment  318

Proposal for a regulation

Article 40 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to improve the quality of the fish caught the EMFF may support investments on board for this purpose.

1. In order to improve the added value and the quality of commercial catches, the EMFF may support:

 

(a) investments which add value to fishing products, in particular by allowing fishermen to carry out the processing, marketing and direct sale of their own catches;

 

(b) innovative investments on board which improve the quality and conservation of fishing products;

Amendment  319

Proposal for a regulation

Article 40 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. In order to improve the use of unwanted catches the EMFF may support investments on board to make the best use of unwanted catches of commercial stocks and valorise underused components of fish caught, in line with Article 15 of the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy] and Article 8(b) of the [Regulation (EU) No on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products].

2. The EMFF may support investments on board to improve handling, storing and landing of unwanted catches, to make the best use of unwanted catches of commercial stocks and to valorise underused components of fish caught, in line with Article 15 of the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy] and Article 8(b) of the [Regulation (EU) No on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products].

Amendment  320

Proposal for a regulation

Article 40 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a. Support under paragraph 1(b) shall be conditional upon the use of selective gears to minimise unwanted catch.

Amendment  321

Proposal for a regulation

Article 40 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. The support referred to in paragraph 1 shall only be granted to owners of Union fishing vessels whose vessels are which have carried a fishing activity for at least 60 days at sea during the two years preceding the date of submission of the application.

4. The support referred to in paragraph 1(b) shall only be granted to owners of Union fishing vessels whose vessels have carried out a fishing activity for at least 60 days at sea during the two calendar years preceding the date of submission of the application.

Amendment  322

Proposal for a regulation

Article 41 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. For the purpose of increasing the quality of the product landed, increasing energy efficiency, contributing to environmental protection or improving safety and working conditions, the EMFF may support investments improving fishing port infrastructure or landing sites, including investments in facilities for waste and marine litter collection.

1. The EMFF may support investments improving fishing port infrastructure or landing sites.

Amendment  323

Proposal for a regulation

Article 41 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. In order to facilitate the use of unwanted catches the EMFF may support investments in fishing ports and landing sites which enable to make the best use of unwanted catches of commercial stocks and which valorise under–used components of the fish caught, in line with Article 15 of the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy] and Article 8(b) of the [Regulation (EU) No on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products].

2. Investments may concern:

 

(a) the improvement of the quality, freshness and traceability of landed products;

 

(b) the improvement of landing, processing, storage and auction conditions;

 

(c) the use of unwanted catches of commercial stocks and the putting to better use of under–used components of catches, in line with Article 15 of the Regulation (EU) No …/….. [on CFP] and Article 8(b) of Regulation (EU) No …/…. [on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products];

 

(d) energy efficiency;

 

(e) environmental protection, notably the collection, storage and treatment of waste and marine litter;

 

(f) the improvement of hygiene, health and safety;

 

(g) the improvement of working conditions;

 

(h) the supply of ice, water and electricity;

 

(i) equipment for repairing and maintenance of fishing vessels;

 

(j) the construction, modernisation and extension of quays to improve safety during landing or loading;

 

(k) the computerised management of fishing activities;

 

(l) the networking of fishing ports, landing sites and auction halls.

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Amendment  324

Proposal for a regulation

Article 41 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 41 a

 

Protection of maritime heritage

 

1. In order to support and promote traditional maritime crafts related to fisheries and to preserve or maintain operational vessels that are covered by the protection of the maritime heritage of a Member State, the EMFF may support:

 

(a) training and investments for the support of traditional shipyards and traditional maritime crafts;

 

(b) investments on board that aim to restore traditional wooden fishing vessels without increasing the fishing capacity of those vessels;

 

(c) Investments for the safekeeping and maintenance of traditional fishing vessels that are covered by the protection of maritime heritage and that have been decommissioned.

 

2. Support shall be granted only to the owners of shipyards and fishing vessels and only once during the programming period for the same fishing vessel.

 

3. Member States shall ensure that vessels receiving support under paragraph 1 (b) continue to operate.

Amendment  325

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to reduce the impact of inland fishing on the environment, increase energy efficiency, increase the quality of fish landed, or to improve safety or working conditions, the EMFF may support the following investments:

1. In order to reduce the impact of inland fishing on the environment, to increase energy efficiency, to increase the quality of fish landed, or to improve health, safety, working conditions, human capital and training, the EMFF may support the following investments:

Amendment  326

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) promotion of human capital and social dialogue subject to the conditions set out in Article 31;

Amendment  327

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) in equipment as referred to in Article 36 and under the conditions set out in that Article;

(b) in equipment and projects as referred to in Article 36 and Article 37 and under the conditions set out in those Articles;

Amendment  328

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) on existing ports and landing sites as referred to in Article 41 and under the conditions set out in that Article.

(d) on fishing ports, shelters and landing sites as referred to in Article 41 and under the conditions set out in that Article;

Amendment  329

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) improvement of the value or quality of fish caught as referred to in Article 40 and subject to the conditions set out in that Article.

Amendment  330

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. The EMFF may support investments relating to entrepreneurship as referred to in Article 32 and subject to the same conditions as set out in that Article.

Amendment  331

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 1 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1b. The EMFF may support the development and facilitation of innovation in accordance with Article 28, the advisory services in accordance with Article 29 and partnerships between scientists and fishermen in accordance with Article 30.

Amendment  332

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) References made in Articles 33, 36 and 39 to fishing vessels shall be understood as references to vessels operating exclusively in inland water;

(a) References made in Articles 33, 36, 37, 39 and 40 to fishing vessels shall be understood as references to vessels operating exclusively in inland water;

Amendment  333

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) References made in Article 36 to the marine environment shall be understood as references to the environment in which the inland fishing vessel operates.

(b) References made in Article 36 to the marine environment shall be understood as references to the environment in which inland fishing is carried out.

Amendment  334

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. In order to sustain diversification by inland fishermen, the EMFF may support the reassignment of vessels operating in inland fishing to other activities outside fishing under the conditions of Article 32 of this Regulation.

3. In order to sustain diversification by inland fishermen, the EMFF may support the diversification of inland fishing activities complementary to other activities outside fishing subject to the conditions of Article 32 of this Regulation.

Amendment  335

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. In order to protect and develop aquatic fauna and flora, the EMFF may support the participation of inland fishermen in managing, restoring and monitoring NATURA 2000 sites where these areas directly concern fishing activities as well as the rehabilitation of inland waters, including spawning grounds and migration routes for migratory species, without prejudice of Article 38(1)(d).

5. In order to protect and develop aquatic fauna and flora, the EMFF may support:

 

(a) without prejudice to Article 38(1)(d), the participation of inland fishermen in managing, restoring and monitoring NATURA 2000 sites where these areas directly concern fishing activities as well as the rehabilitation of inland waters, including spawning grounds and migration routes for migratory species ;

 

(b) the construction, modernisation or installation of static or movable facilities intended to protect and enhance aquatic fauna and flora, including their scientific monitoring and evaluation.

Amendment  336

Proposal for a regulation

Article 42 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. Member States shall ensure that vessels receiving support under this Article continue to operate exclusively in inland waters.

6. Without prejudice to paragraph 3, Member States shall ensure that vessels receiving support under this Article continue to operate exclusively in inland waters.

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Amendment  337

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Support under this Chapter shall be limited to aquaculture enterprises unless otherwise expressly established.

1. Support under this Chapter shall be limited to sustainable aquaculture enterprises, including those operated by entrepreneurs entering the sector referred to in paragraph 1a, and to organisations made up of aquaculture producers and entrepreneurs, unless otherwise expressly established. Support shall not be granted to operators who have committed serious infringements of Union environmental law.

Amendment  338

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. For the purposes of this Article, entrepreneurs entering the sector shall submit a business plan and, where the amount of the investment exceeds EUR 150 000, a feasibility study.

Amendment  339

Proposal for a regulation

Article 44 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Where operations consist of investments in equipment or infrastructure ensuring compliance with requirements on the environment, human or animal health, hygiene or animal welfare under Union law, and entering into force after 2014, may be granted until the date on which the standards become mandatory for the enterprises.

2. Support shall be limited to investments in equipment or infrastructure which have demonstrably a lower impact on the environment or a better performance with respect to human or animal health, hygiene or animal welfare than is required under Union law.

 

Support shall not be granted to aquaculture operations using exotic species or genetically modified organisms.

 

Support shall not be granted to any intensive aquaculture operation in marine protected areas, fish stock recovery areas or at Natura 2000 sites.

Amendment  340

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to stimulate innovation in aquaculture, the EMFF may support operations:

1. In order to stimulate innovation in sustainable aquaculture, the EMFF may support projects that aim to:

(a) introducing new technical or organisational knowledge in aquaculture farms which reduces their impact on the environment or fosters a more sustainable use of resources in aquaculture;

(a) develop technical, scientific or organisational knowledge in aquaculture farms, which, in particular, reduces the impact on the environment, reduces dependence on fish meal and oil, fosters a sustainable use of resources in aquaculture or facilitates new sustainable production methods;

(b) developing or introducing in the market new or substantially improved products compared to the state of art, new or improved processes, new or improved management and organisation systems.

(b) develop or introduce in the market new or substantially improved products, new or improved processes, new or improved management and organisation systems as well as innovations or improvements in the production and processing of aquaculture products;

 

(ba) explore the technical or economic feasibility of innovations, products or processes.

Amendment  341

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Operations under this Article must be carried out in collaboration with a scientific or technical body as recognised by the national law of each Member State. which shall validate the results of such operations.

2. Operations under this Article shall be carried out by or in collaboration with a public or private scientific, academic or technical body as recognised by the national law of each Member State which shall validate the results of such operations.

Amendment  342

Proposal for a regulation

Article 45 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. The EMFF shall provide a financial contribution for development and innovation in aquaculture, implemented under multiannual strategic plans drawn up by Member States.

Amendment  343

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Investments in off–shore and non–food aquaculture

Investments in aquaculture

Amendment  344

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to foster forms of aquaculture with high growth potential, the EMFF may support investment in the development of off–shore or non food aquaculture.

1. In order to foster forms of sustainable aquaculture with high growth potential, the EMFF may support :

 

(a) productive investments in aquaculture, including in off–shore or non food aquaculture;

 

(b) diversification of production and of the species exploited as well as studies on yield and location suitability.

Amendment  345

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. Support under paragraph 1 may be granted for the increase in production and/or modernisation of existing aquaculture enterprises or the construction of new ones provided that the development is consistent with the multiannual national strategic plan for the development of aquaculture.

Amendment  346

Proposal for a regulation

Article 46 – paragraph 1 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1b. Support under this Article shall be granted only where it has been clearly demonstrated in an independent marketing report that good sustainable market prospects exist for the product. The enterprises created shall be economically viable and shall not contribute to overproduction in the sector.

Amendment  347

Proposal for a regulation

Article 47 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to foster entrepreneurship in aquaculture, the EMFF may support investments contributing to:

1. In order to foster entrepreneurship in sustainable aquaculture, the EMFF may support investments contributing to:

Amendment  348

Proposal for a regulation

Article 47 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) adding value to aquaculture products, in particular by allowing the aquaculture enterprise to carry out the processing, marketing and direct sale of its own aquaculture production;

(a) adding value to aquaculture products, for example by supporting the aquaculture sector in carrying out the processing, marketing and direct sale of its own aquaculture production, or in establishing associations or association agreements for such processing;

Amendment  349

Proposal for a regulation

Article 47 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) diversification of the income of aquaculture enterprises through the development of new aquaculture species with good market prospects;

(b) diversification of the income of the aquaculture sector through the development of new native aquaculture species in their respective areas offering added value and with good market and environmental prospects;

Amendment  350

Proposal for a regulation

Article 47 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) diversification of the income of aquaculture enterprises through the development of complementary activities outside aquaculture.

(c) diversification of the income of aquaculture enterprises through the development of complementary activities.

Amendment  351

Proposal for a regulation

Article 47 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Support under paragraph 1(c) shall be granted only to aquaculture enterprises provided that the complementary activities outside aquaculture relate to the core aquaculture business of enterprise, such as angling tourism, aquaculture environmental services or educational activities on aquaculture.

2. Support under paragraph 1(c) shall be granted only to aquaculture enterprises provided that the complementary activities outside aquaculture relate to the core aquaculture production or marketing, such as angling tourism, aquaculture environmental services or educational activities on aquaculture.

Amendment  352

Proposal for a regulation

Article 48 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to improve the overall performance and competitiveness of aquaculture farms, the EMFF may support:

1. In order to improve the overall performance and competitiveness of aquaculture farms and to reduce the environmental impact of their operations, the EMFF may support:

Amendment  353

Proposal for a regulation

Article 48 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the provision of farm advisory services of technical, scientific, legal or economic nature.

(b) the provision of farm advisory services of technical, scientific, legal, environmental or economic nature.

Amendment  354

Proposal for a regulation

Article 48 – paragraph 2 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) health and safety standards based on Union and national legislation;

(d) health, hygiene and safety standards based on Union and national legislation;

Amendment  355

Proposal for a regulation

Article 48 – paragraph 2 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea) the promotion of equal opportunities, especially with regard to gender equality and the integration of disabled people;

Amendment  356

Proposal for a regulation

Article 48 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Support under paragraph (1)(a) shall only be granted to public law bodies selected to set up the farm advisory services. Support under paragraph (1)(b) shall only be granted to aquaculture SMEs or aquaculture producer's organisations.

3. Support under paragraph (1)(a) shall only be granted to public law bodies selected to set up the farm advisory services or to professional organisations recognised by the Member State. Support under paragraph (1)(b) shall only be granted to aquaculture SMEs, aquaculture professional organisations recognised by the Member State, aquaculture producer's organisations or associations of aquaculture producer organisations.

Amendment  357

Proposal for a regulation

Article 48 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. When the support to be granted does not exceed EUR 4 000, the beneficiary may be selected through an accelerated procedure.

Amendment  358

Proposal for a regulation

Article 48 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Aquaculture farms shall not receive support for the advisory services more than once for each category of services covered under paragraph 2 (a) to (e) during the programming period.

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Amendment  359

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) lifelong learning, dissemination of scientific knowledge and innovative practices and acquisition of new professional skills in aquaculture;

(a) professional training, lifelong learning, the dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge and innovative practices, the acquisition of new professional skills in aquaculture, the improvement of working conditions, the promotion of occupational safety and the reduction of the environmental impact of aquaculture operations;

Amendment  360

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) networking and exchange of experience and best practice among aquaculture enterprises or professional organisations and other stakeholders, including scientific bodies or those promoting equal opportunities between men and women.

(b) networking and exchange of experience and best practice among aquaculture enterprises or professional organisations and other private or public stakeholders, including scientific, technical and training bodies or those promoting equal opportunities between men and women.

Amendment  361

Proposal for a regulation

Article 49 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Support referred to in paragraph 1(a) shall not be granted to large aquaculture enterprises.

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Amendment  362

Proposal for a regulation

Article 50 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to contribute to the development of the aquaculture sites and infrastructures, the EMFF may support:

1. In order to contribute to the development of the aquaculture sites and infrastructures and to reduce the environmental impact of the operations, the EMFF may support:

 

Amendment  363

Proposal for a regulation

Article 50 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) identification and mapping of most suitable areas for developing aquaculture, and where applicable, taking into account maritime spatial planning processes;

(a) the identification and mapping of most suitable areas for developing sustainable aquaculture with low environmental impact, where applicable, taking into account maritime spatial planning processes, as well as follow–up actions for environmental interactions during the production phase of aquaculture activities;

Amendment  364

Proposal for a regulation

Article 50 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) the identification and mapping of area, such as nursery grounds, coastal spawning areas, marine protected areas, Natura 2000 sites or fish stock recovery areas where intensive aquaculture activities should be excluded in order to maintain the role of such areas in the functioning of the ecosystem ;

Amendment  365

Proposal for a regulation

Article 50 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

b) improvement of infrastructures of aquaculture areas including through land consolidation, energy supply or water management;

(b) the improvement and development of the support installations and infrastructures necessary for increasing the potential of aquaculture sites and decreasing the ecological footprint of aquaculture, including through investment in land consolidation, energy supply or water management;

Amendment  366

Proposal for a regulation

Article 50 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) action taken and implemented by competent authorities under of Article 9(1) of Directive 2009/147/EC or Article 16(1) of Directive 92/43/EC with the aim of preventing serious damages to aquaculture.

(c) action taken by competent authorities aiming to mitigate conflicts with wild species protected under Directive 2009/147/EC or Directive 92/43/EC, with the aim of preventing serious damages to aquaculture.

Amendment  367

Proposal for a regulation

Article 50 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Beneficiaries of support under this Article shall only be public law bodies.

2. Eligibility for support under this Article shall be limited topublic law bodies or private organisations entrusted by a Member State to carry out the activities referred to in points (a), (aa) and (b) of paragraph 1.

Amendment  368

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Encouraging new aquaculture farmers

Encouraging new farmers in the sector of sustainable aquaculture and aquaculture processing

Amendment  369

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to foster entrepreneurship in aquaculture, the EMFF may support the setting up of aquaculture enterprises by new starting farmers.

1. In order to foster entrepreneurship in aquaculture, the EMFF may support the setting up of sustainable aquaculture enterprises or cooperatives by new starting farmers, including in the related processing sector, with particular focus on young aquaculturists and gender equality.

Amendment  370

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Support 1 shall be granted to aquaculture farmers entering the sector provided that they:

2. Support under paragraph 1 shall be granted to aquaculture farmers entering the sector provided that they:

Amendment  371

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 2 – point b–

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) are setting up for the first time an aquaculture micro or small enterprise as heads of such enterprise;

(b) are setting up for the first time a micro or small enterprise in the sector of aquaculture or in the related processing sector, as heads of such enterprise;

Amendment  372

Proposal for a regulation

Article 51 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) submit a business plan for the development of their aquaculture activities.

(c) submit an economically and environmentally credible business plan for the development of their aquaculture activities, including a plan on how to minimise the ecological footprint of their activity.

Amendment  373

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Promotion of aquaculture with high level of environmental protection

Promotion of sustainable aquaculture with high level of environmental protection

Amendment  374

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In order to substantially reduce the impact of aquaculture on the environment the EMFF may support investments:

In order to substantially reduce the impact of aquaculture on the environment the EMFF may support the following investments:

Amendment  375

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) allowing for a substantial reduction of impact of aquaculture enterprises on water, in particular through reducing the amount of water used or improving the output water quality, including through the deployment of multi–trophic aquaculture systems;

(a) allowing a substantial reduction of the impact of aquaculture enterprises on water usage and quality, in particular through reducing the amount of water or chemicals, antibiotics and other medicines used, or improving the output water quality, including through the deployment of multi–trophic aquaculture systems;

Amendment  376

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) promotion of closed aquaculture systems;

Amendment  377

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) limiting the negative impact of aquaculture enterprises on nature or biodiversity;

(b) limiting the negative impact of aquaculture enterprises on nature and promoting environmental protection and biodiversity, in particular limiting the impact on wild fish stocks, the interactions with predator species, the use of toxic chemicals and antibiotics and other environmental impacts linked to intensive aquaculture;

Amendment  378

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) the purchase of the equipment protecting aquaculture farms from wild predators benefitting from protection under Council and European Parliament Directive 2009/147/EEC and Council Directive 92/43/EC;

(c) the purchase of equipment protecting aquaculture farms from wild predators;

Amendment  379

Proposal for a regulation

Article 52 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) the restoration of existing aquaculture ponds or lagoons through removal of silt, or possible measures aimed at the prevention of silt deposition.

(e) the restoration of estuaries, existing aquaculture ponds or lagoons and connected habitats through removal of silt or prevention of silt deposition.

Amendment  380

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to promote the development of organic or energy efficient aquaculture, the EMFF may support:

1. In order to promote the development of organic or more energy efficient aquaculture, the EMFF may support:

Amendment  381

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) the conversion of operations for the farming of carnivorous species into operations for the farming of herbivorous species which do not rely for feeding on fresh, wild, marine or freshwater fish, fishmeal or fish oil products;

Amendment  382

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – point a b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ab) promotion of closed system aquaculture where fish and other aquatic products are farmed in closed recirculation systems, minimizing water use.

Amendment  383

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the participation in the Union eco–management and audit schemes established by Regulation (EC) No 761/2001 of the European parliament and of the council of 19 March 2001 allowing voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco–management and audit scheme (EMAS).

(b) the participation in the Union eco–management and audit schemes such as those established by Regulation (EC) No 761/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2001 allowing voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco–management and audit scheme (EMAS) or participation in nationally recognised environmental management schemes;

Amendment  384

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Support shall only be granted to beneficiaries who commit themselves for a minimum of 3 years to participate in the EMAS or for a minimum of 5 years to comply with the requirements of organic production.

2. Support shall only be granted to beneficiaries who commit themselves for a minimum of five years to participate in the EMAS or for a minimum of five years to comply with the requirements of organic production.

Amendment  385

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Support shall take the form of compensation for a maximum of two years during the period of the conversion of the enterprise to organic production or during the preparation for participation in the EMAS scheme.

3. Support shall take the form of compensation for a maximum of five years during the period of the conversion of the enterprise to organic production or during the preparation for participation in the EMAS scheme.

Amendment  386

Proposal for a regulation

Article 53 – paragraph 4 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the loss of revenue or additional costs incurred during the period of transition from conventional into organic production for operations eligible under paragraph 1(a) of this Article;

(a) the loss of revenue or additional costs incurred during the period of transition from conventional into organic production or the maintenance of organic production for operations eligible under paragraph 1(a) of this Article;

Amendment  387

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to foster the development of aquaculture providing environmental services, the EMFF may support:

1. In order to foster the development of sustainable aquaculture providing environmental services, the EMFF may support:

Amendment  388

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 –paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) aquaculture methods compatible with specific environmental needs and subject to specific management requirements resulting from the designation of NATURA 2000 areas in accordance with Council Directive 92/43/EEC and Council and European Parliament Directive 2009/147/EC;

(a) extensive and semi–intensive aquaculture methods compatible with specific environmental needs and subject to specific management requirements resulting from the designation of NATURA 2000 areas in accordance with Council Directive 92/43/EEC and Directive 2009/147/EC;

Amendment  389

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 –paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) participation in ex–situ conservation and reproduction of aquatic animals, within the framework of conservation and biodiversity restoration programmes developed by public authorities, or under their supervision;

(b) the costs directly related to participation in ex–situ conservation and reproduction of aquatic animals, within the framework of conservation and biodiversity restoration programmes developed by public authorities, or under their supervision;

Amendment  390

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 –paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) forms of extensive aquaculture including conservation and improvement of the environment, biodiversity, and management of the landscape and traditional features of aquaculture zones.

(c) forms of extensive and semi–intensive aquaculture, both in coastal zones and in inland waters, including conservation and improvement of the environment, biodiversity, and management of the landscape and traditional features of aquaculture zones.

Amendment  391

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 –paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Support under paragraph 1 (a) shall take the form of annual compensation for the additional costs incurred or income foregone resulting from management requirements in the areas concerned, related to the implementation of Council Directive 92/43/EEC or Council and European Parliament Directive 2009/147/EC.

2. Support under paragraph 1(a) shall take the form of annual compensation for the additional costs incurred and/or income foregone resulting from management requirements in the areas concerned, related to the implementation of Council Directive 92/43/EEC or Council and European Parliament Directive 2009/147/EC.

Amendment  392

Proposal for a regulation

Article 54 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Support provided under paragraph 1 (c) shall take the form of annual compensation for the additional costs incurred.

4. Support provided under paragraph 1(c) shall take the form of annual compensation for the additional costs incurred and compensation for losses caused to aquaculture stocks by protected species, on the condition that protection measures have been taken.

Amendment  393

Proposal for a regulation

Article 55 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The EMFF shall support compensation to mollusc farmers for the temporary suspension of harvesting of farmed molluscs exclusively for reasons of public health.

1. The EMFF may support compensation to mollusc farmers for the temporary suspension of harvesting of farmed molluscs exclusively for reasons of public health.

Amendment  394

Proposal for a regulation

Article 55 – paragraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) it lasts for more than four months consecutively; or

(a) it lasts for one month; or

Amendment  395

Proposal for a regulation

Article 55 – paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the loss, resulting from the suspension of the harvest, amounts to more than 35 % of the annual turnover of the business concerned, calculated on the basis of the average turnover of the business over the preceding three years.

(b) the loss, resulting from the suspension of the harvest, amounts to more than 15 % of the annual turnover of the business concerned, calculated on the basis of the average turnover of the business over the preceding three years, or, when the company has a lower implementation period, in the prior activity period. Member States may establish special calculation rules for use in respect of companies with less than one year of activity.

Amendment  396

Proposal for a regulation

Article 55 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The duration for which compensation may be granted shall be of maximum 12 months over the entire programming period.

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Amendment  397

Proposal for a regulation

Article 56 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to foster animal health and welfare in aquaculture enterprises, particularly in terms of prevention and bio–security, the EMFF may support:

1. In order to foster animal health and welfare in aquaculture enterprises, particularly in terms of prevention and bio–security, the EMFF may support aquaculture farms and professional aquaculture organisations in respect of the following operations:

Amendment  398

Proposal for a regulation

Article 56 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the control and eradication of diseases in aquaculture under the terms of Council Decision 2009/470/EC on expenditure in the veterinary field;

(a) the costs of control and eradication of diseases in aquaculture under the terms of Council Decision 2009/470/EC on expenditure in the veterinary field, including the necessary operating costs to fulfil the obligations laid down in an eradication plan;

Amendment  399

Proposal for a regulation

Article 56 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the development of general and species specific best practices or codes of conducts on bio–security or on animal welfare needs in aquaculture;

(b) the development of general and species specific best practices or codes of conducts on bio–security, animal health and animal welfare needs in aquaculture;

Amendment  400

Proposal for a regulation

Article 56 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) increasing the availability of veterinary medicines for its use in aquaculture and promoting appropriate use of such medicines through the commissioning of pharmaceutical studies and the dissemination and exchange of information.

(c) initiatives aimed at reducing the dependence of aquaculture on veterinary medicines;

Amendment  401

Proposal for a regulation

Article 56 – paragraph 1 – c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) the establishment and operation of health protection groups in the aquaculture sector as recognised by Member States.

Amendment  402

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57 – paragraph 1 - introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to safeguard the income of aquaculture producers the EMFF may support the contribution to an aquaculture stock insurance which shall cover the losses due to:

1. In order to safeguard the income of aquaculture producers the EMFF may support the contribution to an aquaculture stock insurance or a mutual fund recognised by a Member State which shall cover the losses due to at least one of the following:

Amendment  403

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) natural disasters;

(a) natural disasters or extensive pollution of the marine environment;

Amendment  404

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57 – paragraph 1 point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) sudden water quality changes;

(c) sudden water quality and quantity changes;

Amendment  405

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57 – paragraph 1 point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) diseases in aquaculture or destruction of production facilities.

(d) diseases in aquaculture, predation, mechanical failures or destruction of production facilities, for which the operator is not responsible;

Amendment  406

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57 – paragraph 1 point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) severe damage to facilities caused by wild animals, including infestation of aquaculture farms by invasive species;

Amendment  407

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57 – paragraph 1 – point d b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(db) environmental pollution caused by an incident external to the aquaculture farm;

Amendment  408

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57 – paragraph 1 – point d c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(dc) collection and destruction of animals that have died on the farm as a result of natural causes or farm accidents for which the operator is not responsible, or have been slaughtered and buried on the farm itself for animal health reasons with prior authorisation by the relevant authorities.

Amendment  409

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57 – paragraph 2 –subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The occurrence of an adverse climatic event or the outbreak of disease in aquaculture shall be formally recognised as such by the Member State concerned.

2. The occurrence of an adverse climatic event, disease, extensive pollution or any of the relevant circumstances provided for in paragraph 1 in aquaculture shall be formally recognised as such by the Member State concerned.

Amendment  410

Proposal for a regulation

Article 57 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Support shall only be granted for aquaculture stock insurance contracts which cover economic losses under paragraph 1 exceeding 30% of the average annual production of the aquaculture farmer.

3. Support shall only be granted for aquaculture stock insurance contracts or mutual funds which cover economic losses under paragraph 1 exceeding 25 % of the average annual production of the aquaculture farmer.

Amendment  411

Proposal for a regulation

Article 58

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The EMFF shall support the sustainable development of fisheries areas following a community–led local development approach as set out in Article 28 of the [Regulation (EU) No [...] laying down Common Provisions].

The EMFF shall support the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture areas following a community–led local development approach as set out in Article 28 of the [Regulation (EU) No [...] laying down Common Provisions].

Amendment  412

Proposal for a regulation

Article 59 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Financial support under this Chapter shall contribute to the achievement of the Union priorities identified in Article 6(1).

Financial support under this Chapter shall contribute to the achievement of the Union priorities identified in Article 6(1), (2) and (3).

Justification

Fisheries areas are very important in the development of sustainable aquaculture and moreover have a big role to play in organizing innovation. We have numerous examples of regions being the driver of innovation in coastal areas, and when it comes to aquaculture the role of the region is crucial because of their responsibilities when it comes to spatial planning.

Amendment  413

Proposal for a regulation

Title 5 – chapter 3 – section 2 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Fisheries areas, local partnerships and local development strategies

Fisheries and aquaculture areas, local partnerships and local development strategies

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Amendment  414

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Fisheries areas

Fisheries and aquaculture areas

Amendment  415

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. A fisheries area eligible for support shall be:

1. In order for an area to qualify as an area eligible for support, it shall be either a sea–fishing area, an inland fishing area or an aquaculture area. It shall be functionally coherent in geographical, biological, economic and social terms, taking specific account of the fisheries, aquaculture and related activities, and shall offer sufficient critical mass in terms of human, financial end economic resources to support a viable local development strategy.

Amendment  416

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) limited in size and, as a general rule, shall be smaller than NUTS level 3 of the common classification of territorial units for statistics within the meaning of Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of 26 May 2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2003 on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS); and

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Amendment  417

Proposal for a regulation

Article 60 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) functionally coherent in geographical, economic and social terms, taking specific account of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors and offer sufficient critical mass in terms of human, financial end economic resources to support a viable local development strategy.

deleted

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Amendment  418

Proposal for a regulation

Article 61 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. For the purposes of the EMFF, the integrated local development strategy referred to in Article 28(1)(c) of [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions] shall be based on the interaction between actors and projects of different sectors of the local economy, in particular the fisheries and aquaculture sectors;

1. For the purposes of the EMFF, the integrated local development strategy referred to in Article 28(1)(c) of [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions] shall be based on interaction and consultations between actors and projects of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, as well as other sectors of the local economy. In this regard, Advisory Councils shall be consulted.

Amendment  419

Proposal for a regulation

Article 61 – paragraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) maximise the participation of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the sustainable development of coastal and inland fisheries areas;

(a) maximise the participation of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the sustainable development of coastal and inland fisheries and aquaculture areas;

Amendment  420

Proposal for a regulation

Article 61 – paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) ensure that local communities fully exploit and benefit from the opportunities offered by maritime and coastal development.

(b) ensure that local communities fully exploit and benefit from the opportunities offered by maritime, coastal and inland water development and, in particular, help small and declining fishing ports to maximise their marine potential by developing a diversified infrastructure.

Amendment  421

Proposal for a regulation

Article 61 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The strategy must be coherent with the opportunities and needs identified in the area and the Union priorities for the EMFF. Strategies may range from those which focus on fisheries to broader strategies directed at the diversification of fisheries areas. The strategy shall go beyond a mere collection of operations or juxtaposition of sectoral measures.

3. The strategy must be coherent with the opportunities and needs identified in the area and the Union priorities for the EMFF. Strategies shall focus mainly on fisheries or aquaculture, although they may be broader, directed at the diversification of fisheries and aquaculture areas. The strategy shall go beyond a mere collection of operations or juxtaposition of sectoral measures.

Amendment  422

Proposal for a regulation

Article 61 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 127 concerning the content of the action plan referred to in Article 29(1)(e) of the [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions].

5. The integrated local development strategy shall include an action plan referred to in Article 29(1)(e) of the [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions]. The action plan shall set out, inter alia, the list of actions envisaged for implementing the strategy and, for each action, it shall specify the objectives of that action, the eligible expenditure, the admissible beneficiaries, the financial envelope related to associated public funds, the criteria for selecting operations and the performance indicators.

Amendment  423

Proposal for a regulation

Article 62 – paragraph 3 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) ensure a significant representation of fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

(b) ensure that a majority of representatives come from the fisheries and/or the aquaculture sectors.

Amendment  424

Proposal for a regulation

Article 62 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. If the local development strategy is supported by other Funds in addition to the EMFF a specific selection body for EMFF supported projects shall be established according to the criteria set out in paragraph (3).

4. If the local development strategy is supported by other Funds in addition to the EMFF, the selection body of the FLAG for EMFF supported projects shall fulfil the requirements set out in paragraph (3).

Amendment  425

Proposal for a regulation

Article 62 – paragraph 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

7. The respective roles of the FLAG, the managing authority for all implementation tasks relating to the strategy shall be clearly described in the operational programme.

7. The respective roles of the FLAG, the managing authority and, where this differs from the managing authority, the implementing authority, for all implementation tasks relating to the strategy, shall be clearly described in the operational programme.

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Amendment  426

Proposal for a regulation

Article 63 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The operations eligible under this Section are set out in Article 31 of the [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions].

1. The operations and costs eligible under this Section are set out in Article 31 of the [Regulation (EU) No […] laying down Common Provisions].

Amendment  427

Proposal for a regulation

Article 64 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Preparatory support shall cover capacity building, training and networking with a view to preparing and implementing a local development strategy.

1. Preparatory support shall cover capacity building, consultation, training and networking with a view to preparing and implementing a local development strategy.

Amendment  428

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation at all stages of the fisheries and aquaculture supply chain;

(a) adding value, creating jobs, attracting young people and promoting innovation at all stages of the fisheries, aquaculture and processing supply chain;

Amendment  429

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) supporting diversification and job creation in fisheries areas, in particular in other maritime sectors;

(b) supporting diversification and job creation in fisheries and aquaculture areas, including diversification into maritime activities that complement fisheries and aquaculture activities;

Amendment  430

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) strengthening training and improving working conditions in fisheries and aquaculture areas;

Amendment  431

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets of the fisheries areas including operations to mitigate climate change;

(c) enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets of the fisheries and aquaculture areas including operations to maintain biodiversity, to improve management of the coastal zone and to mitigate climate change;

Amendment  432

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) promoting social well being and cultural heritage in fisheries areas including maritime cultural heritage;

(d) promoting social well being and cultural heritage in fisheries and aquaculture areas including fisheries and maritime cultural heritage;

Amendment  433

Proposal for a regulation

Article 65 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The support given may include measures provided for Chapters I and II of this Title, provided there is a clear rational for their management at local level. When assistance is granted for operations corresponding to these measures, the relevant conditions and the scales of contribution per operation laid down in Chapters I and II of this Title shall apply.

2. The support given may include measures provided for in Chapters I, II and IV of this Title, provided there is a clear rational for their management at local level. When assistance is granted for operations corresponding to these measures, the relevant conditions and the scales of contribution per operation laid down in Chapters I, II and IV of this Title shall apply.

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Amendment  434

Proposal for a regulation

Article 66 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Apart from other FLAGs, the partners of a FLAG under the EMFF may be a local public–private partnership that is implementing a local development strategy within or outside the Union.

2. For the purposes of this Article, apart from other FLAGs, the partners of a FLAG under the EMFF may be the participants in a cooperation project with a non–FLAG territory based on a local public–private partnership that is implementing a local development strategy within or outside the Union.

Amendment  435

Proposal for a regulation

Article 66 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. In cases where co–operation projects are not selected by the FLAGs, Member States shall establish a system of ongoing application for cooperation projects. They shall make public the national or regional administrative procedures concerning the selection of transnational cooperation projects and a list of eligible costs at the latest two years after the date of approval of their operational programme.

3. In cases where co–operation projects are not selected by the FLAGs, Member States shall establish a system of ongoing applications for cooperation projects. They shall make public the national or regional administrative procedures concerning the selection of transnational cooperation projects and a list of eligible costs at the latest two years after the date of approval of their operational programme. Advisory Councils may, due to their transnational character, be involved in that system of on-going applications.

Amendment  436

Proposal for a regulation

Article 66 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Approval of cooperation projects shall take place no later than four months after the date of submission of the project.

4. Administrative decisions concerning cooperation projects shall take place no later than four months after the date of submission of the project.

Amendment  437

Proposal for a regulation

Article 68

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Support under this Chapter shall contribute to achieve the specific objectives of Chapter I and Chapter II of this Title.

Support under this Chapter shall contribute to:

 

(a) the achievement of the specific objectives of Chapter I and Chapter II of this Title.

 

(b) the improvement of the competitiveness of the processing and marketing of fisheries and aquaculture products.

 

(c) the improvement of food safety and product quality.

 

(d) the development, production and marketing of new products and the use of new technologies and innovative production methods.

 

(e) reducing the negative impact on the environment and increase energy efficiency.

 

(f) a better use of minor species, of by–products and of waste.

 

(g) the development, production and marketing of new products and the use of new technologies and innovative production methods.

 

(h) the improvement of working conditions and worker training.

 

(i) the opening and development of new markets.

Amendment  438

Proposal for a regulation

Article 69 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The EMFF may support the preparation and implementation of production and marketing plans referred to in Article 32 of [Regulation (EU) No on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products].

1. The EMFF shall support the preparation and implementation of production and marketing plans referred to in Article 32 of [Regulation (EU) No on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products].

Amendment  439

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The EMFF may support compensation to recognised producer organisations and associations of producers organisations which store fishery products listed in Annex II of Regulation No. [ on the common organisation of the market in fishery and aquaculture products], provided that the products are stored in conformity with Articles 35 and 36 of Regulation No …[on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products]:

1. The EMFF may co–finance a compensation to recognised producer organisations and associations of producers organisations which store fishery and aquaculture products listed in Annex II to Regulation No. [ on the common organisation of the market in fishery and aquaculture products], provided that the products are stored in conformity with Articles 35 and 36 of that Regulation:

Amendment  440

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the amount of the storage aid shall not exceed the amount of the technical and financial costs of the actions required for the stabilisation and storage of the products in question;

(a) the amount of the storage aid shall not exceed the amount of the technical and financial costs of the actions required for the stabilisation, preparation and storage of the products in question;

Amendment  441

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) the financial assistance per year shall not exceed the following percentages of the average annual value of the marketed production at first sale of the members of producer organisation in the period 2009–2011. In the case that members of producer organisation did not have any marketed production in 2009–2011, the average annual value of marketed production in the first three years of production of such member shall be taken into account:

(c) the financial assistance per year shall not exceed 5 % of the average annual value of the marketed production at first sale of the members of producer organisation in the period 2009–2011. In the case that members of producer organisation did not have any marketed production in 2009–2011, the average annual value of marketed production in the first three years of production of such member shall be taken into account.

– 1 % in 2014

 

– 0,8 % in 2015

 

– 0,6 % in 2016

 

– 0,4 % in 2017

 

– 0,2 % in 2018.

 

Amendment  442

Proposal for a regulation

Article 70 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. By 2019 support referred to in paragraph 1 shall be phased out.

deleted

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Amendment  443

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The EMFF may support marketing measures for fishery and aquaculture products which aim at:

1. The EMFF may support marketing measures for fishery, aquaculture and inland fishery products which aim at:

Amendment  444

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point a – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) improving the conditions for the placing on the market of:

(a) finding new markets and improving the conditions for the placing on the market of fishery and aquaculture species, including:

Amendment  445

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point a – point i a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ia) products marketed by organisations of fishermen, by their associations and via auction halls;

Amendment  446

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point a – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) unwanted catches landed in conformity with Article 15 of [Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy] and Article 8 (b) second indent of the [Regulation (EU) No on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products];

(ii) unwanted catches landed from commercial stocks in conformity with technical measures, Article 15 of [Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy] and Article 8 (b) second indent of the [Regulation (EU) No on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products];

Amendment  447

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) products obtained using methods with low impact on the environment or organic aquaculture products as defined in Council Regulation(EC) No 834/2007 on organic production.

(iii) fisheries or aquaculture products obtained using methods with low impact on the environment, or organic aquaculture products as defined in Council Regulation(EC) No 834/2007 on organic production or in closed aquaculture systems;

Amendment  448

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iii a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iiia) local and seasonal products, including products covered by Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 of 20 March 2006 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs;

Amendment  449

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iii b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iiib) new or upgraded products.

Amendment  450

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point b – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) promoting the quality by facilitating:

(b) promoting quality and added value by facilitating:

Amendment  451

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point b – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) certification and promotion including of sustainable fishery and aquaculture products and of environmentally friendly processing methods;

(ii) the certification of quality and the promotion and creation of specific labelling with regard to sustainable fishery and aquaculture products, –small scale coastal fishing products, local and seasonal products and environmentally friendly processing methods;

Amendment  452

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point b – point ii a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iia) the traceability of fishery and aquaculture products, including the development of a Union–wide ecolabel for fisheries and aquaculture products;

Amendment  453

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point b – point ii b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iib) innovative processes and methods;

Amendment  454

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) direct marketing of fishery products by small scale coastal fishermen.

(iii) direct marketing of fishery products by small scale coastal fishermen and on–foot fishermen;

Amendment  455

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iii a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iiia) presentation and packaging of products;

Amendment  456

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iii b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iiib) achievement of the compliance and certification requirements for products covered by Regulation (EC) 510/2006 by producers, processors and developers to which the control and certification systems apply.

Amendment  457

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) contributing to the transparency of production and the markets and conducting market surveys;

(c) contributing to the transparency of production and the markets and conducting market surveys and studies on the Union's trade dependency ;

Amendment  458

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) creating producers' organisations, associations of producer organisations or inter–branch organisations recognised under Chapter II, Section III of Regulation [on the Common Organisation of the markets in fisheries and aquaculture products];

(e) creating and merging producers' organisations, associations of producer organisations or inter–branch organisations recognised under Chapter II, Section III of Regulation [on the Common Organisation of the markets in fisheries and aquaculture products] in order to foster their role in the management of fisheries and marketing measures;

Amendment  459

Proposal for a regulation

Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f) conducting regional, national or transnational promotional campaigns for fishery and aquaculture products.

(f) conducting regional, national or transnational promotional campaigns, including exhibitions and media campaigns, for environmentally sustainable fishery and aquaculture products.

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Amendment  460

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 – paragraph 1 – point –-a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(–-a) for innovation in order to develop new products with greater quality and added value, new or improved processes and in new or improved management and organisational systems;

Amendment  461

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 – paragraph 1 – point –b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(–b) increasing the added value of products;

Amendment  462

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) improving safety, hygiene, health and working conditions;

Amendment  463

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) for the processing of organic aquaculture products as regulated in Article 6 and 7 of Council Regulation(EC) No 834/2007.

(d) for the processing of sustainable aquaculture products and of organic aquaculture products as regulated in Article 6 and 7 of Council Regulation(EC) No 834/2007.

Amendment  464

Proposal for a regulation

Article 72 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. The EMFF may support companies, associations and technology centres representing the processing sector to develope research and innovation activities related to those referred to in paragraph 1.

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Amendment  465

Proposal for a regulation

Article 73 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The EMFF may support the compensation regime introduced by Council Regulation (EC) No 791/2007 for the additional costs incurred by the operators in the fishing, farming and marketing of certain fishery and aquaculture products from the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, French Guiana, and Réunion.

1. The EMFF shall support the compensation scheme introduced pursuant to Article 349 TFEU by Council Regulation (EC) No 791/2007 to compensate for the additional costs incurred by the operators in the fishing, farming, processing and marketing of certain fishery and aquaculture products from the outermost regions . That scheme shall apply to all additional costs incurred by operators engaged in the activities referred to in this paragraph.

Amendment  466

Proposal for a regulation

Article 73 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Each Member State concerned shall determine for the regions referred to in paragraph 1 the list of fishery and aquaculture products and the quantity of those products eligible for the compensation.

2. Each Member State concerned shall determine, for the regions referred to in paragraph 1, the list of additional costs incurred by operators engaged in the activities referred to in paragraph 1. It shall also draw up the list of fishery and aquaculture products and the quantity of those products eligible for the compensation.

Amendment  467

Proposal for a regulation

Article 73 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. When establishing the list and the quantities referred to in paragraph 2, Member States shall take into account all the relevant factors, in particular the need to ensure that the compensation is fully compatible with the rules of the CFP.

3. When establishing the list and the quantities referred to in paragraph 2, Member States shall take into account all the relevant factors, in particular the need to ensure that the compensation is fully compatible with the rules of the CFP and that the fishing capacity of the fleets concerned is commensurate with the fishing opportunities that are available .

Amendment  468

Proposal for a regulation

Article 73 – paragraph 4 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) obtained by IUU fishing.

Amendment  469

Proposal for a regulation

Article 73 – paragraph 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

5a. The following operators who incur additional costs in the marketing of fishery products shall be eligible for compensation:

 

(a) natural or legal persons using means of production to obtain fishery or aquaculture products with a view to placing them on the market;

 

(b) the owners or operators of vessels that are registered in the ports of the regions referred to in paragraph 1 and that are operating in those regions, or associations of such owners or operators;

 

(c) the operators in the processing and marketing sector or associations of such operators.

Amendment  470

Proposal for a regulation

Article 73 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 73a

 

Operators

 

1. Compensation shall be paid to operators carrying out fishing and aquaculture activities in the regions concerned.

 

2. The Member States concerned shall take the measures necessary to ensure that operators receiving the compensation remain economically viable.

Amendment  471

Proposal for a regulation

Article 74 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) for each fishery or aquaculture product the additional costs resulting from the specific handicaps of the regions concerned, and

(a) for each fishery or aquaculture product or category of product the additional costs resulting from the specific handicaps of the regions concerned, and

Amendment  472

Proposal for a regulation

Article 74 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) any other support that the beneficiary continues to receive or has received for his activity.

Amendment  473

Proposal for a regulation

Article 75 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The Member States concerned shall submit to the Commission a compensation plan for each region concerned including the list and quantities referred to in Article 73, the level of compensation referred to in Article 74 and the competent authority as laid down in Article 99.

1. The Member States concerned shall submit to the Commission a compensation plan for each region concerned including the list and quantities and the type of operators referred to in Article 73, the level of compensation referred to in Article 74 and the competent authority as laid down in Article 99.

 

 

Amendment  474

Proposal for a regulation

Article 75 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. Member States may amend the content of the compensation plan referred to in paragraph 1. Such amendments shall be submitted to the Commission.

Amendment  475

Proposal for a regulation

Article 75 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance to Article 127 in order to define the content of the compensation plan, including the criteria for the calculation of the additional costs resulting from the specific handicaps of the regions concerned.

2. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 127, laying down the content of the compensation plan, including the criteria for the calculation of the additional costs resulting from the specific handicaps of the regions concerned.

Amendment  476

Proposal for a regulation

Article 75 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 75a

 

State aid

 

1. By way of derogation from Article 8, the Commission may authorise, in accordance with Article 108 TFEU, operating aid in the sectors producing, processing and marketing fishing and aquaculture products, with a view to alleviating the specific constraints in the outermost regions as a result of their isolation, insularity and extreme remoteness.

 

2. Member States may grant additional financing for the implementation of the compensation plans referred to in Article 75. In such cases, the Member States shall notify the Commission of the State aid which the Commission may approve in accordance with this Regulation as part of those plans. State aid has has been notified in accordance with this paragraph shall also be deemed to be notified within the meaning of the first sentence of Article 108(3) TFEU.

Amendment  477

Proposal for a regulation

Article 78 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The EMFF may support the implementation of a Union control, inspection and enforcement system as provided for in Article 46 of the [Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy] and specified in Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009 establishing a Union control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy.

1. The EMFF may support the implementation of a Union control, inspection and enforcement system as provided for in Article 46 of the [Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy] and specified in Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009 establishing a Union control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy, as well as the installation of the components that are necessary to ensure the traceability of fisheries products pursuant to Article 58 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009. Such a system should result in a number of controls based on the size of fleets in different Member States.

Amendment  478

Proposal for a regulation

Article 78 – paragraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) purchase or development of technology, including hardware and software, vessel detection systems (VDS), CCTV systems and IT networks enabling the gathering, administration, validation, analysis and exchange of, and the development of sampling methods for, data related to fisheries, as well as interconnection to cross–sectoral data exchange systems;

(a) purchase, installation and development of technology, including hardware and software, vessel detection systems (VDS), CCTV systems and IT networks enabling the gathering, administration, validation, analysis, risk management, submission and exchange of, and the development of sampling methods for, data related to fisheries, as well as interconnection to cross–sectoral data exchange systems, on condition that such operations respect individual freedoms and ensure that personal data is protected;

Amendment  479

Proposal for a regulation

Article 78 – paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

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

(b) development, purchase and installation of the components, including computer hardware and software, that are necessary to ensure data transmission from actors involved in fishing and the marketing of fishery products to the relevant Member State and EU authorities, including the necessary components for electronic recording and reporting systems (ERS), vessel monitoring systems (VMS), and automatic identification systems (AIS) used for control purposes;

Amendment  480

Proposal for a regulation

Article 78 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) purchase and installation of the components necessary to ensure traceability of fishery and aquaculture products, as defined in Article 58 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009;

(c) development, purchase and installation of the components, including computer hardware and software, which are necessary to ensure traceability of fishery and aquaculture products, as defined in Article 58 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009;

Amendment  481

Proposal for a regulation

Article 78 – paragraph 2 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) modernisation and purchase of patrol vessels, aircrafts and helicopters, provided they are used at least 60% of the time for fisheries control;

(e) modernisation and purchase of patrol vessels, aircrafts and helicopters, provided they are used for fisheries control for at least 60 % of the total time that the equipment is used per year;

Amendment  482

Proposal for a regulation

Article 78 – paragraph 2 – point g

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(g) implementation of pilot projects related to fisheries control, including fish DNA analysis or the development of web–sites related to control;

(g) development of innovative control and monitoring systems and implementation of pilot projects related to fisheries control, including fish DNA analysis or the development of web–sites related to control;

Amendment  483

Proposal for a regulation

Article 78 – paragraph 2 – point j a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ja) programmes delivering tougher control for stocks subject to specific control and inspection programmes established in accordance with Article 95 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009, including any operational costs incurred;

Amendment  484

Proposal for a regulation

Article 78 – paragraph 2 – point j b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(jb) programmes linked to the implementation of an action plan established in accordance with Article 102(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009, including any operational costs incurred.

Amendment  485

Proposal for a regulation

Article 78 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The measures listed in points (h), (i) and (j) of paragraph 2 of this Article shall only be eligible for support if they relate to control activities carried out by a public authority.

3. The measures listed in points (h), (i), (j), (ja) and (jb) of paragraph 2 of this Article shall only be eligible for support if they relate to control activities carried out by a public authority.

Amendment  486

Proposal for a regulation

Article 78 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 78a

 

Collective actions with a view to strengthening and standardising controls

 

1. With a view to strengthening and standardising controls, the EMFF may support the implementation of transnational projects aimed at developing and testing the inter–State control, inspection and enforcement systems provided for under Article 46 of the Regulation (EU) No …/….. [on the CFP] and laid down in Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009 establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the CFP.

 

2. Eligible types of operation include in particular the following:

 

(a) international training programmes for personnel responsible for monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries activities;

 

(b) initiatives, including seminars and media tools, for standardising the interpretation of regulations and associated controls in the Union.

Amendment  487

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The EMFF shall support the collection and management and use of primary biological, technical, environmental and socioeconomic data as in the multiannual Union programme referred to in Article 37(5) of the [Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy].

1. The EMFF shall support the collection and management, analysis and use of primary biological, technical, environmental and socioeconomic data necessary for sustainable ecosystem–based fisheries and aquaculture management as in the multiannual Union programme referred to in Article 37(5) of the [Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy].

Amendment  488

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – paragraph 2 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the management and use of data for the purpose of scientific analysis and CFP implementation;

(a) the collection, management and use of data for the purpose of scientific analysis and CFP implementation;

Amendment  489

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – paragraph 2 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) the purchase or development of technology, including computer hardware and software, required for the collection, management and use of data;

Amendment  490

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) national multi–annual sampling programmes;

(b) national, transnational and sub–national multi–annual sampling programmes;

Amendment  491

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Data collection

Data collection

(c) at–sea monitoring of commercial and recreational fisheries;

(c) at–sea monitoring of commercial and recreational fisheries, including the monitoring of by–catches of marine organisms and birds;

Amendment  492

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – paragraph 2 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) management of annual work programmes with regard to technical and scientific expertise in fisheries, the processing of data communications and data sets and preparatory work for the provision of scientific advice;

Amendment  493

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – paragraph 2 – point d b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(db) Organisation and management of fisheries expert meetings;

Amendment  494

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – paragraph 2 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

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(e) the participation of Member States' representatives in regional coordination meetings as referred to in Article 37(4) of the [Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy], meetings of regional fisheries management organisations of which the EU is a contracting partner or an observer or meetings of international bodies in charge of providing scientific advice.

(e) the participation, by representatives of Member States and their scientific experts, as well as by representatives of regional authorities, in regional coordination meetings as referred to in Article 37(4) of the [Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy], meetings of regional fisheries management organisations of which the EU is a contracting partner or an observer or meetings of international bodies in charge of providing scientific, economic or technical advice;

Amendment  495

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – paragraph 2 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

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(ea) the improvement of data collection and data management systems and the implementation of pilot studies to improve existing data collection and data management systems;

Amendment  496

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 – paragraph 2 – point e b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

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(eb) the operating costs incurred by the collection and processing of data.

Amendment  497

Proposal for a regulation

Article 79 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 79 a

 

Penalties

 

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 150, penalising a Member State by freezing and/or decreasing funds from the EMFF for failure:

 

(a) to fulfil its data collection and transmission obligations or fail to report its actual fishing fleet capacity; or

 

(b) to tackle problems with IUU–fishing within its waters and/or within its fishing fleet.

Justification

As Member States do not always fulfil their reporting obligations an effective tool is needed to raise compliance with these common EU provisions.

Amendment  498

Proposal for a regulation

Article 81 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Support under this Chapter shall contribute to the development and implementation of the Union's Integrated Maritime Policy. It shall:

Support under this Chapter shall contribute to enhancing the development and implementation of the Union's Integrated Maritime Policy. It shall:

Amendment  499

Proposal for a regulation

Article 81 – paragraph 1 – point a – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) promoting actions which encourage Member States and EU regions to develop introduce or implement integrated maritime governance;

(i) promoting actions which encourage Member States and their regions to develop, introduce or implement integrated maritime governance;

Amendment  500

Proposal for a regulation

Article 81 – paragraph 1 – point a – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) promoting dialogue and cooperation with and among Member States and stakeholders on marine and maritime issues, including by developing sea–basin strategies;

(ii) promoting dialogue and cooperation with and among Member States and stakeholders on marine and maritime issues, including by developing and implementing integrated sea-basin strategies, bearing in mind the need for a balanced approach in all sea basins and taking into account the specific characteristics of maritime basins and sub–basins and the relevant macroregional strategies, where appropriate;

Amendment  501

Proposal for a regulation

Article 81 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) promoting cross–sectoral cooperation platforms and networks, including representatives of public authorities, regional and local authorities, industry, the tourism sector, research stakeholders, citizens, civil society organisations and the social partners;

(iii) promoting cross–sectoral cooperation platforms and networks, including representatives of national public authorities, regional and local authorities, industry, the tourism sector, research stakeholders, citizens, civil society organisations and the social partners, including within sea basins strategies;

Amendment  502

Proposal for a regulation

Article 81 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iv

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iv) promoting the exchange of best practices and dialogue at international level, including bilateral dialogue with third countries without prejudice to other agreements or arrangements which may exist between the EU and the third countries concerned;

(iv) promoting the exchange of best practices and dialogue at international level, including bilateral dialogue with third countries, taking into account the United Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the relevant existing international conventions based on UNCLOS, without prejudice to other agreements or arrangements which may exist between the EU and the third countries concerned;

Amendment  503

Proposal for a regulation

Article 81 – paragraph 1 – point b – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) Contribute to the development of cross–sectoral initiatives that are mutually beneficial to different maritime sectors and/or sectoral policies, taking into account and building upon existing tools and initiatives, such as:

(b) contribute to the development of cross–sectoral initiatives that are mutually beneficial to different maritime and marine sectors and/or sectoral policies, taking into account and building upon existing tools and initiatives, such as:

Amendment  504

Proposal for a regulation

Article 81 – paragraph 1 – point b – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) integrated maritime surveillance to enhance effectiveness and efficiency through information exchange across sectors and borders while taking due account of existing and future systems;

(i) integrated maritime surveillance to enhance security, effectiveness and efficiency through information exchange across sectors and borders while taking due account of existing and future systems;

Amendment  505

Proposal for a regulation

Article 81 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) the progressive development of a comprehensive and publicly accessible high quality marine knowledge base which shall facilitate sharing, re–use and dissemination of these data and knowledge among various user groups.

(iii) the progressive development of a comprehensive and publicly accessible high quality marine knowledge base to reduce duplication, facilitate sharing, re–use and dissemination of these data and knowledge among various user groups.

Amendment  506

Proposal for a regulation

Article 81 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) improve the cooperation between Member States through the exchange of information and best practices among the various coast guard functions, with the aim of creating a European Coast Guard.

Amendment  507

Proposal for a regulation

Article 81 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) Supporting sustainable economic growth, employment, innovation and new technologies within emerging and prospective maritime sectors in coastal regions, in complementarity with established sectoral and national activities.

(c) support sustainable economic growth, employment, innovation and new technologies within emerging and prospective maritime sectors, as well as in coastal, insular and outermost regions of the Union, in complementarity with established sectoral and national activities.

Amendment  508

Proposal for a regulation

Article 81 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) support the development of human capital in the maritime sector, in particular by promoting cooperation and exchanges in the field of training.

Amendment  509

Proposal for a regulation

Article 81 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) promoting the protection of the marine environment, in particular its biodiversity and marine protected areas such as Natura 2000 sites, and the sustainable use of marine and coastal resources and to further define the boundaries of the sustainability of human activities that have an impact on the marine environment, in particular in the framework of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

(d) promote the protection of the marine environment, in particular its biodiversity and marine protected areas such as Natura 2000 sites, and the sustainable use of marine and coastal resources by applying an ecosystem–based approach to the management of human activities, in accordance with the objectives of achieving and maintaining a good environmental status as required by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Amendment  510

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) projects, including test projects and cooperation projects;

(b) projects, from design to implementation, including test and pilot projects and national and cross–border cooperation projects;

Amendment  511

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) public information and sharing best practice, awareness raising compaigns and associated communication and dissemination activities such as publicity campaigns, events, the development and maintenance of websites, stakeholder platforms, including corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union as far as they are related to the general objectives of this Regulation;

(c) public information and sharing best practice, including with regard to relevant effective European research programmes, awareness raising compaigns and associated communication and dissemination activities such as publicity campaigns, events, the development and maintenance of websites, stakeholder platforms, including corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union as far as they are related to the general objectives of this Regulation;

Amendment  512

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 1 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) conferences, seminars and workshops;

(d) conferences, seminars, forums and workshops;

Amendment  513

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) exchange of best practices, coordination activities including information sharing networks and steering mechanisms for sea–basin strategies;

(e) exchange of best practices, coordination activities including information sharing networks and development support for sea–basin strategies;

Amendment  514

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f) the development, operation and maintenance of IT–systems and networks enabling the gathering, administration, validation, analysis and exchange of, and the development of sampling methods for, data related to fisheries, as well as interconnection to cross–sectoral data exchange systems;

(f) the development, operation and maintenance of IT–systems and networks enabling the gathering, administration, validation, analysis and exchange of, and the development of sampling methods for data, as well as interconnection to cross–sectoral data exchange systems;

Amendment  515

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 1 – point f a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fa) training projects for the development of knowledge, professional qualifications and measures aimed to promote professional development in the maritime sector;

Amendment  516

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 1 – point f b(new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fb) relevant instruments for integrated coastal areas management, maritime spatial planning and management of resources shared at sea–basin level;

Amendment  517

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 1 – point f c(new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fc) technical assistance under Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No …/….. [laying down common provisions].

Amendment  518

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. In order to achieve the specific objective of developing cross–sectoral operations set out in Article 81 b), the EMFF may support:

2. In order to achieve the specific objective of developing cross–border and cross–sectoral operations set out in Article 81 b), the EMFF may support:

Amendment  519

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) activities of coordination and cooperation among Member States to develop maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management, including expenditure related to systems and practices of data sharing and monitoring, evaluation activities, the setting up and running of networks of experts, and the setting up of a programme aiming at building capacity for Member States to implement maritime spatial planning;

(b) activities of coordination and cooperation among Member States and, where appropriate, between Member States and regions, to develop maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management, including expenditure related to systems and practices of data sharing and monitoring, evaluation activities, the setting up and running of networks of experts, and the setting up of a programme aiming at building capacity for Member States to implement maritime spatial planning;

Amendment  520

Proposal for a regulation

Article 82 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) the technical tools for setting up and running of an operational European Marine Observation and Data Network aiming to facilitate the collection, assembling, quality control, re–use and distribution of marine data through cooperation between the Member states institutions involved in the network.

(c) the technical tools for setting up and running of an operational European Marine Observation and Data Network which aims to facilitate the collection, acquisition, assembling, quality control, re–use and distribution of marine data and knowledge, through cooperation between the Member States' institutions involved in the network.

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Amendment  521

Proposal for a regulation

Article 84 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Measures under this Chapter shall facilitate the implementation of the CFP and IMP in particular as regard to:

Measures under this Chapter shall facilitate the implementation of the CFP and IMP in particular with regard to:

Amendment  522

Proposal for a regulation

Article 84 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) scientific advice under CFP;