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State aid legal instruments in the fisheries sector

Public consultation

On 25 March 2013 the European Commission launched a consultation on "State aid legal instruments in the fisheries sector".

The consultation was closed on 17 June 2013.

Objective of the consultation

The purpose of this consultation was to collect the views of citizens and stakeholders on the way forward concerning the review of two Regulations:

  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 875/2007 of 24 July 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 (hereafter "de minimis Regulation")
  • Commission 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 (hereafter "the Block exemption Regulation" or "BER")

It also aimed at obtaining information on the experience of national administrations and stakeholders in applying both Regulations.

The review has to be put in the context of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), currently being negotiated by the co-legislators. The State aid instruments specific to the fisheries sector will have 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 is also part of the State aid Modernisation (SAM) initiative of the European Commission.

To facilitate and encourage the participation of stakeholders, there were two questionnaires: one of a general nature primarily targeting citizens (general public) and another, more specific one that primarily targets public authorities and organisations.

More information on the review can be found in the Roadmaps prepared for this initiative.

View the consultation documents

Reference documents

More information can be found on the following pages:

Contact details

Responsible service
European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Unit F4, Legal Matters


Postal address
European Commission
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Unit F4, Legal Matters
B-1049 Brussels

Number of responses received to this consultation


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Contributions received

Results of consultation and next steps

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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