Slovenian National Assembly

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

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Subsidiarity deadline: 13/09/2018
 
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 21/09/2018

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Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Food discussed the proposal at its 3rd extraordinary meeting of 19 September  2018.

Committee on EU Affairs discussed the proposal again at its 4th meeting of 21 September  2018 and adopted the following Position:

The Republic of Slovenia supports the 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. However, we believe that the proposal for a regulation needs to be supplemented in a number of areas in order to improve absorption of funds in the future financial perspective and to ensure the rationality of the use of funds from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

The Republic of Slovenia supports the objective of implementing the common fisheries policy, aquaculture, fish product processing industry, and the development of both coastal communities and aquaculture communities, as well as the development of the EU's integrated maritime policy financially supported by the EU in the 2021-2027 financial perspective. It is important to financially support the implementation of all the requirements of the Common Fisheries Policy. The new fund should not reduce funding opportunities compared to the existing financial perspective.

The Republic of Slovenia supports the purpose of the regulation to provide funds under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to achieve the Union's environmental objectives and to ensure that fishing activities and aquaculture activities are sustainable in the long-term.

The Republic of Slovenia supports the envisaged allocation to Slovenia under the future European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

In the view of the implementation of measures of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund in the 2021-2027 perspective, the Republic of Slovenia considers that the simplification and, in particular, the proportionality of administrative requirements with regard to the size or characteristics of individual fisheries sectors, and of the operational programmes, should be ensured. Accordingly, the Republic of Slovenia supports the possibility of various forms of support, but considers that the use of financial instruments for investments is only suitable for larger sectors of aquaculture and fish processing industry. The Republic of Slovenia supports the new approach in terms of support at the programming level, but we believe that in this context the Commission should present the delegated and implementing acts and related documents as soon as possible. The Republic of Slovenia is concerned that the condition of Commission’s evaluation of operational programmes on the basis of several other programming documents and the provisions of the EU's fisheries and environmental policy may lead to delays in the adoption of operational programmes and will ask the Commission for clarification in this regard.

Accordingly, as regards measures for the sustainable development of marine fisheries, the Republic of Slovenia advocates the inclusion of investment measures that would, inter alia, enable fleet renewal (in particular small-scale coastal fishing) in the 2021-2027 perspective. Given the specific situation of the Slovenian fisheries sector, all marine fisheries measures should be available to all segments of vessels in the Slovenian fishing fleet. It is essential to provide support measures for young fishermen. The Republic of Slovenia supports the maintenance of the provision of the current Marine and Fisheries Fund, which states that special action plans for small-scale coastal fishing should be prepared by Member States having more than 1000 vessels for small-scale coastal fishing.

The Republic of Slovenia supports the maintenance of measures to support the collection of data on fisheries and aquaculture, as well as for the surveillance of fisheries, whereby it is necessary to maintain or, where necessary, extend the range of expenditure on the financing, which is possible under the current financial perspective.

The Republic of Slovenia believes that for measures aimed at supporting aquaculture and the processing of  fish products, Member States should also be allowed to use grants, not only the financial instruments.

The Republic of Slovenia is in favour of maintaining the measures to support the implementation of the integrated maritime policy and the strengthening of maritime safety and surveillance.

As regards the rules for implementation under shared management, the Republic of Slovenia considers that indicators should already be clearly defined in the Regulation on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund itself. The Republic of Slovenia supports a results-oriented approach. Likewise, it supports a simplified implementation system of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund in the 2021-2027 perspective. In order to speed up the launch of the Fund, we believe that the key elements of this system should already be laid down in the Regulation on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (e.g. the indicators), whereas, with regard to other elements, the earliest possible adoption of the relevant delegated and implementing acts of the Commission must be ensured.

A more detailed position based on the expressed position will be provided by the Republic of Slovenia in the context of consideration of the proposal for a regulation within the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament.



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