About this consultation

Feedback period
28 June 2019 - 20 September 2019 (midnight Brussels time)
Maritime affairs and fisheries

Target audience

1. Public authorities responsible for granting State aid in EU Member States, including national and regional authorities involved in granting State aid
2. Aid beneficiaries and potential aid beneficiaries in the fishery and aquaculture sector
3. Producer organisations, associations
4. Advisory Councils
5. NGOs and other civil society organisations at international, EU, national and local level
6. Academia, experts, think-tanks, consultancies
7. General public: individuals and organisations wishing to contribute to the evaluation and impact assessment by voicing their opinion as citizens

Why we are consulting

State aid control in the fishery and aquaculture sector is regulated by a specific framework of rules: (1) De minimis Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) No 717/2014), (2) Block Exemption Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) No 1388/2014), and (3) Guidelines for the examination of State aid to the fishery and aquaculture sector (Communication 2015/C 217/01, as amended).

The Commission has embarked on the exercise of the review of the State aid framework, which should ensure consistency of the Regulations and the Guidelines with the new rules governing the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The review should also ensure that any potential for simplification and increased legal certainty is taken into account when designing future rules. As the two regulations will expire at the end of 2020, a review and replacement of these instruments will be needed for the period from 2021 to 2027.

The consultation will cover all the three State aid instruments. The purpose of the stakeholder consultation is to collect evidence and views from a broad range of stakeholders in order to assess the relevance , effectiveness , efficiency, coherence and EU added value of the State aid rules for the current and the future period as well as other potential impacts of the reviewed framework.

Responding to the questionnaire

You can contribute to this consultation by filling in the online questionnaire. If you are unable to use the online questionnaire, please contact us using the email address below.

Questionnaires are available in some or all official EU languages. You can submit your responses in any official EU language.

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