European POs urge action on fuel crisis –

European POs urge action on fuel crisis Published:  26 October, 2005

SPANISH fishing industry figure José Antonio Suárez-Llanos has been elected President of the European Association of Producers Organisations (EAPO) and has pledged to fight for fishing industry unity. across Europe to enhance the industry’s political standing.

On the battle facing fishermen over soaring fuel prices, EAPO

has agreed to bid for:

*A guarantee fund supported by public funds.

*The “Minimis” aid to be increased from 3,000 € to 100,000 €

*FIFG funds to be increased in order to support fuel savings and to increment aids for temporary stoppages.

*Aid to be increased for research into more ecologically friendly and economic fuel, within the 7th Frame Programme.

On the revision of the Common Market Organisation (CMO), it was agreed to call for the market regulation mechanisms to be maintained in particular the operative programmes, and a higher control of import from those vessels carrying out “IUU” (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing .

As well as the President’s election, other office bearers are:

Secretary: Sean O’Doneghue (Ireland)

Treasurer Christian Olesen (Denmark)

*José Antonio Suarez-Llanos represents the Producers Organisations for frozen and fresh fish in the Port of Vigo which is integrated into the Shipowner’s Co-operative of Vigo. The EAPO includes 35 Producers Organisations from France, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Spain that represent 10,000 vessels with a catch volume of 4.8 million tons and a value of 2.3 billion Euros.