First draft of the new Block Exemption Regulation applicable to the fishery and aquaculture sector
In April 2014 the European Commission launched a consultation on a first draft of the new Block Exemption Regulation replacing Regulation (EC) No 736/2008 of 22 July 2008 on the application of articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty to State aid to small and medium-sized enterprises active in the production, processing and marketing of fisheries products (Commission services document).
The consultation closed on 4 June 2014.
Fishery and aquaculture
Public authorities, citizens, companies and organisations concerned with State aid are welcome to contribute to this consultation.
Period of consultation
From 04.04.2014 to 04.06.2014 (8 weeks)
Objective of the consultation
The purpose of the consultation is to collect the views of citizens and stakeholders on a first draft of the new Block Exemption Regulation applicable to the fishery and aquaculture sector (FIBER). Block exemption regulations aim to simplify aid granting procedures for Member States by authorising without prior notification a range of measures fulfilling horizontal common interest objectives.
The previous FIBER expired on 31 December 2013. The general philosophy of the new draft FIBER remains the same, which is to exempt from the notification requirement aid to SMEs for certain measures which would have met the conditions to be eligible under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The new FIBER will also apply to aid to make good the damage caused by national disasters independently of the size of the beneficiary.
The review has to be put in the context of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The State aid instruments specific to the fishery and aquaculture sector have to be reviewed to reflect the priorities and objectives of the CFP, including the contents of the EMFF. Each State aid instrument should reflect the priorities and objectives of the CFP. It is all the more true for the FIBER, the content of which is determined by and dependent on the EMFF.
The review is also part of the State aid Modernisation (SAM) initiative of the European Commission.
How to submit your contribution
Replies are welcome in any official language of the European Union. Given the possible delays in translating comments submitted in certain languages, contributions in one of the Commission's working languages (preferably English) would be welcome to enable the Commission to process them more swiftly.
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View the consultation document
The draft Regulation and its annexes are available in 23 languages. Click the next to each document to access the desired language version.
- First draft of Block Exemption Regulation [86 KB]
More information can be found on the following pages:
- State aid in the fisheries sector
- Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy
- Proposed new fund for the EU's maritime and fisheries policies (EMFF)
- Public consultation on State aid legal instruments in the fisheries sector
European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Unit F4, Legal Matters
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Unit F4, Legal Matters
Number of responses received to this consultation
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Results of consultation and next steps
The public consultation offers citizens and stakeholders the opportunity to provide input to the Commission at an early stage of policy making. The Commission services plan to make the comments accessible on this website.
In the light of the comments received and taking into account the outcome of the on-going impact assessment, the Commission will propose revised versions of the applicable rules. A second public consultation will take place later in 2014.
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