European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and its effects

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and its effects

Is the support which is provided under the EMFF in any way monitored to determine whether the aid intended for fishermen in Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion and Mayotte is actually allocated.

On 27 October 2020, French Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Maxette Pirbakas of the Identity and Democracy Group, filed a written parliamentary question to the European Commission.

MEP Pirbakas asked the Commission “how many fishermen in mainland France and in its outermost departments (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion and Mayotte) benefit from it?”

On 03 December, Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius, responded on behalf of the European Commission. He stated that “the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is implemented in shared management with the Member States” and “in France, there is a follow-up at regional and national level depending on the level at which the EMFF measures are implemented”.

Commissioner Sinkevicius explained that “at EU level, there is a reporting system, in which Member States report on the use of the EMFF funds in accordance with Article 97 of the EMFF Regulation” and that “at the end of March each year, Member States provide the Commission with cumulative data on operations selected for funding up to the end of the previous calendar year” and “based on the report of 29 June 2020 of the French authorities to their EMFF Monitoring Committee, the following amounts of national and EMFF budget were allocated to the French Outermost Regions: Guadeloupe – EUR 1 413 875.64, Martinique – EUR 3 954 561.94, French Guiana – EUR 16 992 496.40, Réunion – EUR 31 038 639.80, Mayotte – EUR 4 649 804.14”.

In closing, Commissioner Sinkevicius said that “for data on the number of beneficiary fishermen, the Honourable Member is invited to consult the French authority in charge of the EMFF management directly”.

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