Fisheries

How to apply Regulation (EU) 1379/2013 on the Common Organisation of the Markets of Fishery and Aquaculture Products (CMO)

How to apply Regulation (EU) 1379/2013 on the Common Organisation of the Markets of Fishery and Aquaculture Products (CMO)

How to apply Regulation (EU) 1379/2013 on the Common Organisation of the Markets of Fishery and Aquaculture Products (CMO)

Questions & answers - updated 3/12/2015

On 11 December 2013, the European Parliament and the Council adopted the above-mentioned Regulation ("CMO regulation").

It entered into force on 1 January 2014   (except the provisions on consumer information, which apply since 13 December 2014).

The regulation:

  • substantially changes EU funding in this field, moving from the previous 6 mechanisms to a single mechanism – storage aid – which is itself due to disappear on 1 January 2019 (see Commission implementing regulation (EU) No 1419/2013).
  • provides for a new toolproduction & marketing plans (see Commission implementing regulation (EU) No 1418/2013) mandatory since 1 January 2014.
    These plans will help professional organisations with the day-to-day implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy's reform goals and allow them to manage their activities in a business-like and market-oriented manner.
  • improves consumer information requirements, to help consumers make informed choices. These provisions, which complement regulation (EU) 1169/2011 on food information for consumers ("the FIC regulation"), apply since 13 December 2014. They do not change any of the terms of regulation 1169/2011.

These FAQs are designed to help all interested parties to better understand and correctly apply the CMO regulation. They have no formal legal status.

Acronyms & definitions used

CMO: Common organisation of the markets
FIC: Food Information for Consumers
PO: Producer organisation
APO: Association of producer organisations
IBO: Inter-branch organisation
EMFF: European Maritime & Fisheries Fund
PMP: Production & marketing plan
NUTS: Common classification of territorial units for statistics
FAP: Fishery & aquaculture products
CPR: Common Provisions Regulation
MC: Mass caterer: any establishment (including a vehicle or a fixed or mobile stall), e.g. restaurants, canteens, schools, hospitals and caterers in which, in the course of a business transaction, food is prepared for consumption by the final consumer.
FB: Food business: any firm -, whether for profit or not, and whether public or private - that carries out any activities relating to any stage of food production, processing and distribution.
FBO: Food business operator: the individual(s) or firm responsible for ensuring compliance with food law within the food business under their control.

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