Member states reject attempt to scrap fishing subsidies

Commission wanted to end payments system, but fisheries ministers disagree.

European Union fisheries ministers today voted to reject a European Commission proposal to scrap payments to fishermen who keep their boats idle in harbour. But after tense talks that lasted all night, new limits were added to how such payments can be allocated.

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is being adjusted for 2013-20 as part of the Commission’s proposed reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The Commission proposed eliminating EMFF subsidies to fishermen who keep their boats docked when fish populations are low, and funds for fishermen who modernise their engines to make them more efficient.

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