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

Written by Frederik Scholaert (4th edition, updated on 7.10.2020),

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As part of the next EU budget framework for the 2021-2027 period, the European Commission proposed a new regulation on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in order to continue the support to the common fisheries policy and the integrated maritime policy. The new fund would give the Member States more flexibility in the implementation of the priorities. Small-scale coastal fisheries and outermost regions would receive greater preferential treatment. Support for permanent cessation and temporary cessation would be supported under strict conditions. 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. In reaction to the coronavirus crisis, the Commission published in May 2020 a revised multiannual financial framework proposal, significantly reducing the budget cut for the EMFF as compared to its initial proposal. Both Parliament and Council have agreed positions on the proposal, and trilogue negotiations started in November 2019. An important area of discussion is subsidies to fishing vessels, on which both co-legislators want to go further than the Commission proposal. The next trilogue meeting is scheduled for 29 October 2020.


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: Manuel Pizarro (S&D, Portugal) Pierre Karleskind (Renew Europe, France) Rosanna Conte (ID, Italy) Francisco Guerreiro (Greens/EFA, Portugal) Ruža Tomašić (ECR, Croatia) João Ferreira (GUE/NGL, Portugal) Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Continuing trilogue negotiations
timeline 10 steps trilogue with second reading


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