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U.K.+E.U.

Commission Decision

of 29 October 2008

on a Community financial contribution towards Member States’ fisheries control, inspection and surveillance programmes for 2008

(notified under document number C(2008) 6262)

(2008/860/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 861/2006 of 22 May 2006 establishing Community financial measures for the implementation of the common fisheries policy and in the area of the Law of the Sea(1), and in particular Article 21 thereof,

Whereas:

(1) Member States have forwarded to the Commission their fisheries control programme for 2008 together with the applications for a Community financial contribution towards the expenditure to be incurred in carrying out the projects contained in such programme.

(2) Applications concerning actions listed in Article 8(a) of Regulation (EC) No 861/2006 may qualify for Community funding.

(3) Applications for Community funding shall comply with the rules set out in Commission Regulation (EC) No 391/2007(2).

(4) It is appropriate to fix the maximum amounts and the rate of the Community financial contribution within the limits set by Article 15 of Regulation (EC) No 861/2006 and to lay down the conditions under which such contribution may be granted.

(5) In order to qualify for the contribution, automatic localisation devices should satisfy the requirements fixed by Commission Regulation (EC) No 2244/2003 of 18 December 2003 laying down detailed provisions regarding satellite-based Vessel Monitoring Systems(3).

(6) The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1U.K.+E.U.Subject matter

This Decision provides for a Community financial contribution for 2008 towards expenditure incurred by Member States for 2008 in implementing the monitoring and control systems applicable to the common fisheries policy, as referred to in Article 8(a) of Regulation (EC) No 861/2006. It establishes the amount of the Community financial contribution for each Member State, the rate of the Community financial contribution and the conditions on which such contribution may be granted.

Article 2U.K.+E.U.Closure of outstanding commitments

Member States shall ensure that all payments in respect of which a reimbursement is claimed shall be made by the Member State concerned by 30 June 2012. Payments made by a Member State after this deadline shall not be eligible for reimbursement. The budgetary appropriations related to this Decision shall be decommitted at the latest by 31 December 2013.

Article 3U.K.+E.U.New technologies and IT networks

Expenditure incurred on the purchase of, installation and technical assistance for, computer technology and setting up of IT networks in order to allow efficient and secure data exchange in connection with monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries activities, shall qualify for a financial contribution of 50 % of the eligible expenditure within the limits laid down in Annex I.

Article 4U.K.+E.U.Automatic localisation devices

1.Expenditure incurred in the purchase and fitting on board of fishing vessels of automatic localisation devices enabling vessels to be monitored at a distance by a fisheries monitoring centre through a vessel monitoring system (VMS) shall qualify for a maximum financial contribution of EUR 4 500 per vessel within the limits established in Annex II.

2.Within the EUR 4 500 limit provided for in paragraph 1, the financial contribution for the first EUR 1 500 of eligible expenditure shall be at a rate of 100 %.

3.The financial contribution for eligible expenditure comprised between EUR 1 500 and EUR 4 500 per vessel shall amount to a maximum of 50 % of such expenditure.

4.In order to qualify, automatic localisation devices shall satisfy the requirements fixed by Regulation (EC) No 2244/2003.

Article 5U.K.+E.U.Electronic recording and reporting systems

Expenditure incurred on the purchase of, installation and technical assistance for, electronic recording and reporting systems (ERS) in a fisheries monitoring centre, in order to allow efficient and secure data exchange in connection with monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries activities, shall qualify for a financial contribution of 50 % of the eligible expenditure within the limits laid down in Annex III.

Article 6U.K.+E.U.Electronic recording and reporting devices

1.Expenditure incurred on the purchase and fitting on board of fishing vessels of ERS devices enabling vessels to record and report electronically to a fisheries monitoring centre data on fisheries activities, shall qualify for a maximum financial contribution of EUR 4 500 per vessel within the limits established in Annex IV.

2.The financial contribution for expenditure incurred on the purchase and fitting on board fishing vessels of ERS devices shall be at a rate of 75 % within the EUR 4 500 limit provided for in paragraph 1.

3.In order to qualify for a financial contribution, ERS devices shall satisfy the requirements established under Council Regulation (EC) No 1966/2006(4) and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1566/2007(5).

Article 7U.K.+E.U.Pilot projects

Expenditure incurred in pilot projects on new control technologies shall qualify for a financial contribution of 50 % of the eligible expenditure within the limits laid down in Annex V.

Article 8U.K.+E.U.Training

Expenditure incurred on training and exchange programmes of civil servants responsible for monitoring control and surveillance tasks in the fisheries area shall qualify for a financial contribution of 50 % of the eligible expenditure within the limits laid down in Annex VI.

Article 9U.K.+E.U.Assessment of expenditure

Expenditure incurred in implementing a system to assess expenditure incurred in controlling the common fisheries policy shall qualify for a financial contribution of 50 % of the eligible expenditure within the limits laid down in Annex VII.

Article 10U.K.+E.U.Seminars and media tools

Expenditure incurred in initiatives including seminar and media tools aimed at enhancing awareness among fishermen and other players such as inspectors, public prosecutors and judges, as well as among the general public on the need to fight irresponsible and illegal fishing and on the implementation of common fisheries policy rules, shall qualify for a financial contribution of 75 % of the eligible expenditure within the limits laid down in Annex VIII.

Article 11U.K.+E.U.Fisheries patrol vessels and aircraft

1.Expenditure related to the purchase and modernisation of vessels and aircraft used for inspection and surveillance of fishing activities by the competent authorities of the Member States shall qualify, within the limits laid down in Annex IX, for a financial contribution of 50 % of the eligible expenditure incurred by Member States.

2.The financial contribution specified for each Member State in Annex IX is calculated on the basis of the utilisation of the concerned vessels and aircraft for inspection and surveillance as a percentage of their total yearly activity, as declared by the Member States.

Article 12U.K.+E.U.

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 29 October 2008.

For the Commission

Joe Borg

Member of the Commission

ANNEX IU.K.+E.U.

New technologies and IT networks

(EUR)
Member StateExpenditure planned in the national fisheries control programmeEligible expenditureCommunity contribution
Belgium000
Bulgaria50 00050 00025 000
Cyprus000
Czech Republic000
Denmark000
Germany50 00050 00025 000
Estonia000
Greece4 500 0003 000 0001 500 000
Spain415 936340 336170 168
France70 00070 00035 000
Ireland2 185 8642 155 8641 077 932
Italy4 700 0001 700 000850 000
Latvia000
Lithuania77 33077 33038 665
Luxembourg000
Hungary000
Malta000
Netherlands1 174 4101 104 410552 205
Austria000
Poland000
Portugal000
Romania140 000140 00070 000
Slovenia51 30051 30025 650
Slovakia000
Finland350 000350 000175 000
Sweden135 000135 00067 500
United Kingdom201 435200 781100 391
Total14 101 2759 425 0214 712 511

A total amount of EUR 4 676 254 EUR was considered as ineligible expenditures on the basis of Annex V of Regulation (EC) No 391/2007.

A 50 % rate of Community contribution was applied on eligible expenditure according to Article 3 of the present Decision.

ANNEX IIU.K.+E.U.

Automatic localisation devices

(EUR)
Member StateExpenditure planned in the national fisheries control programmeCommunity contribution
Belgium00
Bulgaria00
Cyprus00
Czech Republic00
Denmark00
Germany00
Estonia00
Greece00
Spain00
France00
Ireland1 500 000750 000
Italy00
Latvia00
Lithuania00
Luxembourg00
Hungary00
Malta00
Netherlands00
Austria00
Poland00
Portugal00
Romania00
Slovenia20 00017 500
Slovakia00
Finland00
Sweden00
United Kingdom00
Total1 520 000767 500

The Community contribution was calculated according to the rules defined in Article 4 of the present Decision.

ANNEX IIIU.K.+E.U.

Electronic recording and reporting systems

(EUR)
Member StateExpenditure planned in the national fisheries control programmeEligible expenditureCommunity contribution
Belgium210 000210 000105 000
Bulgaria000
Cyprus000
Czech Republic000
Denmark604 026604 026302 013
Germany530 000530 000265 000
Estonia000
Greece000
Spain115 500115 50057 750
France000
Ireland2 500 0002 500 0001 250 000
Italy000
Latvia000
Lithuania000
Luxembourg000
Hungary000
Malta000
Netherlands1 540 0001 540 000770 000
Austria000
Poland000
Portugal000
Romania000
Slovenia000
Slovakia000
Finland000
Sweden000
United Kingdom000
Total5 499 5265 499 5262 749 763

The Community contribution has been calculated on the basis of a 50 % rate according to Article 5 of the present Decision.

ANNEX IVU.K.+E.U.

Electronic recording and reporting devices

(EUR)
Member StateExpenditure planned in the national fisheries control programmeEligible expenditureCommunity contribution
Belgium000
Bulgaria000
Cyprus000
Czech Republic000
Denmark000
Germany000
Estonia000
Greece000
Spain000
France2 000 0001 098 000823 500
Ireland000
Italy000
Latvia000
Lithuania000
Luxembourg000
Hungary000
Malta000
Netherlands000
Austria000
Poland000
Portugal000
Romania000
Slovenia000
Slovakia000
Finland000
Sweden000
United Kingdom739 834739 834554 876
Total2 739 8341 837 8341 378 376

For France, this expenditure concerns 244 electronic logbooks, which have a maximum threshold of EUR 4 500 each. As a consequence, EUR 902 000 were considered as ineligible.

In conformity with Article 6 of the present Decision, a rate of 75 % has been applied to these expenditures.

ANNEX VU.K.+E.U.

Pilot projects

(EUR)
Member StateExpenditure planned in the national fisheries control programmeEligible expenditureCommunity contribution
Belgium000
Bulgaria000
Cyprus000
Czech Republic000
Denmark000
Germany000
Estonia000
Greece000
Spain000
France000
Ireland000
Italy000
Latvia000
Lithuania000
Luxembourg000
Hungary000
Malta000
Netherlands000
Austria000
Poland000
Portugal000
Romania000
Slovenia000
Slovakia000
Finland000
Sweden234 000234 000117 000
United Kingdom295 934269 031134 516
Total529 934503 031251 516

EUR 26 903 were considered as ineligible expenditure according to Annex V of Regulation (EC) No 391/2007. A rate of 50 % of Community contribution was applied on eligible expenditure according to Article 7 of the present Decision.

ANNEX VIU.K.+E.U.

Training

(EUR)
Member StateExpenditure planned in the national fisheries control programmeEligible expenditureCommunity contribution
Belgium000
Bulgaria40 00040 00020 000
Cyprus000
Czech Republic000
Denmark123 75383 48541 743
Germany18 50018 5009 250
Estonia000
Greece40 00040 00020 000
Spain173 910157 11078 555
France92 00092 00046 000
Ireland122 000122 00061 000
Italy1 465 2301 165 230582 615
Latvia000
Lithuania17 40017 4008 700
Luxembourg000
Hungary000
Malta000
Netherlands120 000120 00060 000
Austria000
Poland000
Portugal000
Romania200 000200 000100 000
Slovenia48 50048 50024 250
Slovakia000
Finland130 000130 00065 000
Sweden000
United Kingdom178 746177 26688 633
Total2 770 0392 411 4911 205 746

EUR 358 548 were considered as ineligible expenditure according to Annex V of Regulation (EC) No 391/2007. A rate of 50 % of Community contribution was applied on eligible expenditure according to Article 8 of the present Decision.

ANNEX VIIU.K.+E.U.

Assessment of expenditure

(EUR)
Member StateExpenditure planned in the national fisheries control programmeEligible expenditureCommunity contribution
Belgium000
Bulgaria12 00012 0006 000
Cyprus000
Czech Republic000
Denmark000
Germany000
Estonia000
Greece000
Spain000
France000
Ireland000
Italy000
Latvia000
Lithuania000
Luxembourg000
Hungary000
Malta000
Netherlands000
Austria000
Poland000
Portugal000
Romania000
Slovenia000
Slovakia000
Finland000
Sweden000
United Kingdom000
Total12 00012 0006 000

A rate of 50 % of Community contribution was applied on eligible expenditure according to Article 9 of the present Decision.

ANNEX VIIIU.K.+E.U.

Seminars and media tools

(EUR)
Member StateExpenditure planned in the national fisheries control programmeEligible expenditureCommunity contribution
Belgium000
Bulgaria58 00058 00043 500
Cyprus000
Czech Republic000
Denmark33 55733 55725 168
Germany000
Estonia000
Greece1 000 0001 000 000750 000
Spain394 800394 800296 100
France000
Ireland000
Italy497 200447 200335 400
Latvia000
Lithuania15 90015 90011 925
Luxembourg000
Hungary000
Malta000
Netherlands000
Austria000
Poland000
Portugal000
Romania000
Slovenia8 5008 5006 375
Slovakia000
Finland000
Sweden000
United Kingdom104 250104 25078 188
Total2 112 2072 062 2071 546 656

An amount of EUR 50 000 was considered as ineligible expenditure according to Annex V of Regulation (EC) No 391/2007.

A rate of 75 % of Community contribution was applied to eligible expenditure as indicated in Article 10 of the present Decision.

ANNEX IXU.K.+E.U.

Patrol vessels and aircraft

(EUR)
Member StateExpenditure planned in the national fisheries control programmeEligible expenditure under this DecisionCommunity contribution
Belgium000
Bulgaria000
Cyprus000
Czech Republic000
Denmark301 678166 67883 339
Germany3 826 45868 00034 000
Estonia000
Greece14 603 000558 000279 000
Spain44 225 5461 657 546828 773
France575 000500 000250 000
Ireland260 00060 00030 000
Italy24 000 00000
Latvia000
Lithuania000
Luxembourg000
Hungary000
Malta000
Netherlands000
Austria000
Poland000
Portugal000
Romania130 000130 00065 000
Slovenia000
Slovakia000
Finland180 000170 00085 000
Sweden000
United Kingdom1 005 765999 448499 724
Total89 107 4474 309 6722 154 836

Among this global amount of EUR 89 107 447 planned in the national fisheries control programmes for patrol vessels and aircraft, a global amount of EUR 80 361 000 will be dealt with under the second financial decision. A reduction of this envelope will be necessary in order to respect the budgetary commitments available in 2008.

EUR 4 436 775 of these planned expenditures were considered as ineligible according to Articles 6 and 7 and to Annex V of Regulation (EC) No 391/2007.

A rate of 50 % was applied on all eligible expenditure according to Article 11 of the present Decision.

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