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

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

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

Britta Reimers on behalf of the ALDE Group

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

The European Parliament,

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

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

–   having regard to the Green Paper of 12 November 2008 ‘Towards a secure, sustainable and competitive European energy network’,

–   having regard to the Commission Communication COM 2010/639 titled ‘Energy 2020 - A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy’,

–   having regard to its resolution B6-0308/2008 of 19 June 2008 on the crisis in the fisheries sector caused by rising fuel prices,

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

A. whereas it is in the interest of the European Union to support activity in the fisheries sector, not only to preserve sustainability of and employment in the sector, but also to safeguard the Union's food supply from fishery products,

B.  whereas energy is an important factor of the operating cost in the fisheries sector and therefore the cost of fishermen's activity is very dependent on the price of oil,

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

D. whereas political crises in the Maghreb and the Middle-East have led to a rise in oil prices; whereas the further development of the oil price remains uncertain given the continuing political instability in the Arab world,

E.  whereas the recent rise in oil prices has affected the economic viability of the fishing sector and led many fishermen to worries about how to balance these additional costs,

F.  whereas these difficulties have been compounded by declining fish stocks and EU management rules which are complicated to follow in practice,

G. whereas the market price for fishery products is distorted due to large amounts imports from third countries that are not obliged to follow the same strict EU standards with regards to work conditions, ecological sustainability or hygiene practices as well as due to the influx of low-priced imports from illegal fishing,

H. whereas the Commission has authorised the Member States to grant De minimis aid to fishing companies under Commission Regulation (EC) No 875/2007, up to a ceiling of 30 000 Euros over a three year period,

1.  Expresses its support with EU fishermen and invites the Commission and the Council to take appropriate measures to support fishermen in their activities;

2.  Asks the Commission to explain whether the 2008 regulation on the granting of de minimis aid has had the desired effect while keeping the playing field level;

3.  Asks the Commission to come up with an action plan for efficiency measures to help fishermen stabilize or lower their running costs without creating any long term distortions within the EU market;

4.  Asks the Commission to urgently propose investments, at both European and national level, in new technologies to increase energy efficiency in fishing vessels so as to reduce fishermen's dependency on fossil fuels;

5.  Asks the Commission to propose an action plan for coastal regions with an active fishing sector to alleviate market fluctuations such as rising oil prices;

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

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