European Parliament Adopts European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Package
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The European Parliament has voted to adopt the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) package, the final part of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The Parliament voted 473 in favour and 52 against.
With a budget of €6.5 billion for 2014-2020, the fund will finance projects to implement the new reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and provide financial support to fishermen, fish farmers and coastal communities to adapt to the changed rules. The Fund will also finance projects to boost "blue" growth and jobs under the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP).
Uta Bellion, director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ EU Marine Programme and co-ordinator of OCEAN2012, also commented on the adoption, saying: “OCEAN2012 congratulates the European Parliament, EU fisheries ministers and the European Commission for achieving an historic reform that lays the way for ending EU overfishing. Great credit goes to the many civil society groups and EU citizens who sustained support over five years for a fundamental reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.”
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