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Consultation on the second draft of the new de minimis Regulation replacing Regulation No 875/2007

Public consultation

On 28 March 2014 the European Commission launched a consultation on the Commission's second draft of the new de minimis Regulation replacing Regulation (EC) No 875/2007 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty to de minimis aid in the fisheries sector and amending Regulation (EC) No 1860/2004.

The consultation was closed on 23 May 2014.

Objective of the consultation

The purpose of this consultation was to collect the views of citizens and stakeholders on the second draft of the Commission Regulation on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) to de minimis aid in the fishery and aquaculture sector.

State aid not exceeding a certain ceiling over a period of time is deemed not to meet all the criteria laid down in Article 107(1) TFEU and is therefore exempted from the notification procedure. This is the so called de minimis aid. In the fisheries sector, Commission Regulation (EC) No 875/2007 set this ceiling at 30 000 EUR per beneficiary over any period of three years. It also set a maximum cumulative amount per Member State. De minimis aid granted to all undertakings in the fisheries sector over three-year period cannot exceed 2,5 % of the annual fisheries output per Member State. Since this regulation expired at the end of 2013, the Commission issued, for consultation purpose, a new draft of de minimis regulation. Based on the contributions in the consultation process of the first draft of de minimis regulation, the second draft maintained the ceiling of 30 000 EUR and cumulative amount for each Member State at the level of 2,5 % of the annual catching, processing and aquaculture turnover.

View the consultation document

  • Second draft of De minimis Regulation pdf - 317 KB [317 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)
  • Annex pdf - 125 KB [125 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)  

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Number of responses received to this consultation

9 (2 from public authorities and 7 from organisations)

Results of consultation and next steps

The regulation was adopted: Commission Regulation (EU) No 717/2014 of 27 June 2014 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid in the fishery and aquaculture sector