Recent Parliament and Council discussions on the future European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, EMFF, included calls for EU aid in support of fleet modernisation, in particular aid for engine replacement and new vessels. These measures should not be supported with public aid. The 2002 CFP reform phased out funding for fleet renewal and in 2012, at Rio+20, the international community, including the EU, recommitted to phasing out subsidies contributing to overfishing. Also, such measures would contradict.
the EU proposal to the Rules Negotiation Group in the WTO to prohibit subsidies for the construction of new fishing vessels and the renovation of existing ones.
Find out more in the briefing from OCEAN2012, Birdlife, Greenpeace, Oceana and WWF.