Commission services first draft of the new de minimis Regulation replacing Regulation No 875/2007
On 29 November 2013 the European Commission launched a consultation on the Commission services first 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 21 February 2014.
Objective of the consultation
The purpose of this consultation was to collect the views of citizens and stakeholders on the Commission services' 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 sets this ceiling at 30 000 EUR per beneficiary over any period of three years. It also sets 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 services issued, for consultation purpose, a new draft of de minimis regulation. This first draft of de minimis regulation maintained the ceiling of 30 000 EUR but opened a discussion whether the cumulative amount for each Member State should not be lowered below the current 2,5% of the annual fishery and aquaculture output.
The review had 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 had to be reviewed to reflect the priorities and objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy, including the contents of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
The review was also part of the State aid Modernisation (SAM) initiative of the European Commission.
View the consultation document
- First draft of De minimis Regulation [319 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)
- Economic study on the de minimis aid (2009) [2 MB]
- 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
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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.
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.
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