Pat the Cope Gallagher, Ireland’s MEP on the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries has today reacted to the proposal by the European Commission for a new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for the period 2014 to 2020, which will have a total budget of 6.5 billion Euro for the fisheries sector in Europe.
 
Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP said today “While I welcome today’s announcement by the Commission, the proposal is designed in the assumption that the European Parliament will accept mandatory transferable fishing concessions, which is far from reality. The prohibition of funding for decommissioning and the lack of early retirement funding for fishermen is unacceptable and must be reversed.”
 
“I welcome the greater emphasis on the need to reverse the decline experienced by the many coastal and inland communities dependent on fisheries.”
 
“I will prioritise the regeneration of the infrastructural facilities at the small ports along the North West which have suffered due to declines in fish landings. In the European Parliament, I will seek to ring fence funding under the EMFF for such developments.”
 
“The EMFF contains a renewed focus on smart, green aquaculture which is also welcome. This will help Ireland to reach our massive potential, particularly in terms of deep sea aquaculture.”
 
“The Horizon 2020 programme was also launched earlier this week by Máire Geoghegan Quinn, which allocates 4.5 billion Euro to agriculture, marine and maritime research. The Marine Institute based in my Euro constituency in Galway stands to benefit from this significant fund.”