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Parliamentary questions
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23 February 2016
E-001559-16
Question for written answer E-001559-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Alain Cadec (PPE)

 Subject:  EMFF start-up support for young fishermen
 Answer in writing 

Article 31 of Regulation No 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) provides for business start-up support for young fishermen. To be eligible, fishermen must meet two criteria: they must be less than 40 years old and be acquiring a fishing vessel for the first time.

The legislature decided to apply this age criterion. However, it seems to cause a threshold effect and, for many fishermen older than 40 who hope to acquire a vessel for the first time, it denies them support.

Would the Commission be in favour of abolishing the age criterion after 2020, and applying only the criterion of first establishment?

Original language of question: FR 
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