Slovenian National Assembly

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund [repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1198/2006 and Council Regulation(EC) No 861/2006 and Council Regulation No XXX/2011 on integrated maritime policy]

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Subsidiarity deadline: 19/06/2013
 
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Scrutiny date: 20/04/2012

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Passed on to the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Food and Enviroment. The document has been discussed at its 4th extraordinary meeting of  5 April 2012.

 

And at its 6th extraordinary meeting of 5 April 2012 the Committee on EU Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the following Position:

 

The Republic of Slovenia does not oppose the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), but considers that the Proposal should be supplemented or amended, particularly in view of the support to small fisheries and aquaculture sectors and sectors with a significant share of small-scale coastal fishing.

 

The Proposal for EMFF Regulation is closely related to the Proposal for a Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy and the Proposal for a Regulation laying down common provisions on the funds (Regulation on the Common Strategic Framework - CSF). It is urgent to provide for both general and linguistic consistency of the Proposal for EMFF Regulation with the other two Proposals, and to ensure that the provisions of the Proposal for EMFF Regulation are not stricter than the provisions of the horizontal regulation. It is therefore necessary to provide - within the Fisheries Council working group - for regular reporting on the course of negotiations concerning the provisions of the horizontal regulation relating to the Proposal for EMFF Regulation.

 

The Republic of Slovenia is concerned about the financial and administrative rationality of the implementation of the operational programme on a low budget, particularly if it considers that a necessary part of the operational programme under the next financial perspective will include provisions concerning disbursement of funds for fisheries inspection and fisheries data gathering, that in the period 2007-2013 have been covered by a separate financial instrument.

 

The Proposal for EMFF Regulation should provide for proportionality of systemic and substantive requirements for small-scale fisheries sectors or low-budget operational programmes. In addition, the Proposal should allow more flexibility in the event of further economic crisis. The Republic of Slovenia disagrees with the introduction of the proposed macroeconomic conditionalities.

 

The Republic of Slovenia reiterates that the Proposal for EMFF Regulation should include the motion presented by Slovenia with regard to the possibility of encouraging the establishment and operation of an association of professional fishermen and aquaculture farmers, that is not only engaged in market activities but is of wider importance also for the organisation of fisheries and aquaculture. Failing such, Slovenia is in favour of the possibility to include among the possible beneficiaries of the relevant actions for sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture also associations of fishermen or aquaculture farmers recognised by the Member State.

 

The question remains whether prior to the beginning of the next financial perspective the Member States will be able to timely meet the requirements envisaged by the Proposal for EMFF Regulation as a condition for the approval of operational programmes. Slovenia therefore believes that it would be wise for the Commission to present a timetable of the preparation of acts needed to implement the Proposal, and for Member States to present a timetable of fulfilment of the requirements envisaged by the Proposal.

 

As regards the measures proposed for the development of fisheries and aquaculture, the Republic of Slovenia - considering the preliminary explanations by the Commission - suggests that an article be added at the beginning of both relevant chapters, specifying that in the event of measures where beneficiaries, justified costs, their amount and method of calculation and other details of implementation are not explicitly indicated in the EMFF Regulation, such be determined by the Member State.

 

The Republic of Slovenia is also of the opinion that it is unacceptable that the detailed provisions, which are to be adopted for the implementation of the EMFF Regulation, be broken into several delegated or implementing acts of the Commission. In order to facilitate the implementation of EMFF, it is necessary to clearly specify as many issues as possible already in the EMFF Regulation, or adopt a single Commission implementing regulation.

 

With regard to the issue of general ex-ante conditionalities, Slovenia believes that such issue needs to be solved in the course of negotiations on the Proposal for the CSF Regulation. Concerning specific ex-ante conditionalities for fisheries, an opinion is provided to Annex III of the Proposal for EMFF Regulation where such conditionalities are indicated.


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