Compromise reached on EMF fund –

Compromise reached on EMF fund Published:  07 June, 2013

Members of the European Parliament have finalised agreement on compromise amendments ahead of the committee vote on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund in July.

In January MEPs tabled more than 2000 amendments on Alain Cadec’s (EPP, FR) report on the European Maritime and Fisheries fund (EMFF).

The compromise amendments agreed yesterday, June 6, among a group of shadow rapporteurs (one MEP from each group) are the result of negotiations over the last five months. The compromises will facilitate the voting in the fisheries committee by reducing the total number of amendments to be voted on.

The compromise amendments will be sent to translation next week in order to be available in all languages ahead of the committee vote, which is scheduled for 10 July.

The compromises, which Alain Cadec expects will get majority support in the fisheries committee, include proposals that would allow public money to be spent on the construction of new vessels (replacing old vessels), on new engines and on temporary cessation of fishing activities. The compromises include an objective that these measures shall not increase the fishing capacity.