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Enhanced measures for EU fisheries sector to navigate through COVID-19 crisis 

MEPs are expected to adopt additional measures providing support to EU fishers and aquaculture farmers severely affected by the pandemic.

Last week, the Fisheries Committee requested that the EP plenary directly adopts additional measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, under the “urgent procedure” (defined under Rule 163).

The package of specific temporary measures includes supporting fishers in the sector that have to temporarily stop operating, financial aid for aquaculture producers for the suspension or reduction of production, support to producer organisations for the temporary storage of fishery and aquaculture products, as well as a more flexible reallocation of national operational funds.

The proposed measures, once approved by the European Parliament and the Council, will be eligible retroactively as of 1 February 2020 and will be available until 31 December 2020.

Background

On 2 April, the Commission proposed a new set of measures, including the “Corona Response Investment Initiative Plus” which includes specific measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the fishery and aquaculture sector.

2020/0059(COD)

Procedure code: 2020/0059(COD)

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure - urgent procedure

Vote: Friday, 17 April