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European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2021-2027 [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Frederik Scholaert (3rd edition, updated on 7.06.2019),

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The European Commission has proposed a new regulation on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) as part of the next EU budget framework for the 2021-2027 period. The European Parliament established its first-reading position on the proposal on 4 April 2019. The new fund will continue to support the EU common fisheries policy and the Union’s maritime policy. The proposal aims to simplify the delivery of the fund compared to the very complex legal framework in use for the current EMFF. It therefore presents a more flexible architecture: this would allow Member States to use the funds where they see the greatest need, instead of being bound to a list of pre-defined measures and eligibility rules. Small-scale coastal fisheries and outermost regions would receive greater preferential treatment. It further proposes increased support for international ocean governance and stronger synergies with other EU policies. The fund is also expected to contribute to the development of the blue economy and support the EU’s climate objectives. Negotiations with the Council on the proposal are expected to start in the new term.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Regulation (EU) No 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council
Committee responsible: Fisheries (PECH) COM(2018) 39012.6.2018
Rapporteur: Gabriel Mato (EPP, Spain) 2018/0210 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Ulrike Rodust (S&D, Germany)

Czesław Hoc (ECR, Poland)

Nils Torvalds (ALDE, Finland)

Liadh Ní Riada (GUE/NGL, Ireland)

Marco Affronte (Greens/EFA, Italy)

Rosa d’Amato (EFDD, Italy)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Launch of trilogue negotiations

timeline 10 steps trilogue with second reading


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