23 November 2012
The future Regulation on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) was once again the focus of ministerial discussions at the Council on 22 and 23 October 2012. At the meeting in Luxembourg Member States’ fisheries ministers reached a partial agreement on how the fund should be used. There was lengthy debate on the Commission’s proposal to put an end to fleet subsidies. In the end, Member States agreed to phase out scrapping aid, with a transition period lasting until 2017. They also agreed to retain temporary cessation aid and engine replacement aid, albeit under strict, limited conditions.