The Policy Department organised a Workshop on the current EMFF performance and the legislative proposal for the post-2020 Fund, on 24 January 2019. It was in response to the PECH Committee request of a research on “Implementation and impact of key European Maritime and Fisheries Fund measures (EMFF) on the Common Fisheries Policy, and the post-2020 EMFF proposal”.
During the event, two presentations took place, “The current EMFF performance: assessment of shared management measures” by Dr Marta A. Ballesteros and “The legislative proposal for the post-2020 Fund: analysis and recommendations” by Dr Rosa Chapela, both scientists from CETMAR.
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The Workshop refers to an ongoing legislative file, the adoption by the PECH Committee of a draft report on the European and Fisheries Fund, whose vote is scheduled for 19 February.
The study is a research on the current performance of the shared management component of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and its impact on the Common Fisheries Policy. Based on quantitative data collection as well as on interviews with Managing Authorities of Member States and stakeholders, the Report also analyses the legislative proposal for the post-2020 EMFF and seeks to support the Members of the PECH Committee of the EU Parliament in their consideration.
The Workshop provide an analysis and performance assessment of the current EMFF (2014-2020) in the light of the very low implementation rate of 7% at the end of 2018. Among the causes were identified the high administrative costs and related burdens. The EMFF is one of the five European Structural and Investments Funds and was assigned the tiniest budget, representing only 1% of the total. But nevertheless, the EMFF application costs allegedly being the most expensive. The implementation rules is complicated and make that too limited funds are reaching in time the small-scale fishers, which represents 74% of the EU fleet. An added difficulty problem is the gold-plating which affects every Member State to a greater or lesser extent. Taking into account the lessons learn from the current EMFF there is a need of a new paradigm for the new post-2020 Fund. The experts gave a number of concrete and practical recommendations: focus on small-scale fisheries with 100% funding; development of the single rule “anything is eligible unless explicitly not eligible”, and focus and an easier implementation plan for outermost regions.
The debate that followed the Workshop presentations focused in obtaining more clarification on the main issues to support the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy, the growth of a sustainable blue economy and the European Union´s international commitments on ocean governance. Finally, it was pointed out the crucial need to give a specific importance to the inland aquaculture that creates jobs in Eastern European countries.
Thursday, 24 January 2019, 9h00 – 11h00
9h00 Welcome and opening remarks to the Workshop
Mr Alain CADEC, Chair of the Committee on Fisheries
9h10 The current EMFF performance: assessment of shared management measures
Speaker: Dr Marta A. Ballesteros, Spain
9h30 The legislative proposal for the post-2020 Fund: analysis and recommendations
Speaker: Dr Rosa Chapela, Spain
9h50 Questions and Answers
10h50 Closure of the Workshop, Mr Alain CADEC, Chair of the Committee on Fisheries