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Document 32002R2370

Council Regulation (EC) No 2370/2002 of 20 December 2002 establishing an emergency Community measure for scrapping fishing vessels

OJ L 358, 31.12.2002, p. 57–58 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)
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No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/12/2006: This act has been changed. Latest consolidated version: 01/01/2003




Official Journal of the European Communities

L 358/57


of 20 December 2002

establishing an emergency Community measure for scrapping fishing vessels


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Articles 36 and 37 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission (1),

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament (2),



Council Regulation (EC) No 2792/1999 of 17 December 1999 laying down the detailed rules and arrangements regarding Community structural assistance in the fisheries sector (3) has afforded decommissioning incentives as a way of bringing about a balanced ratio of fleet capacity to available resources in the long term.


Several stocks of major importance to Community fisheries are now seriously depleted. The owners of fishing vessels whose fishing opportunities have been severely reduced as a result of a recovery plan adopted by the Council should therefore be offered additional decommissioning incentives on top of those already provided for in Regulation (EC) No 2792/1999. Sufficient additional funds should be made available to Member States for this purpose.


Only those vessel owners who are severely affected by a recovery plan should be afforded access to additional decommissioning incentives for the scrapping of fishing vessels defined by this Regulation. A reduction of 25 % or more in the fishing opportunities of the vessel concerned should be regarded as an objective indicator of severe impact.


The maximum amounts for the scrapping premiums laid down in Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 2792/1999 are insufficient to enable the higher premiums to be paid.


For conservation reasons the Community measure should be established as soon as possible and should be limited in time to ensure that suitable restructuring of the fleet can proceed without delay.


It is necessary to ensure adequate flexibility of the distribution of the additional scrapping funds to allow them to be directed to those Member States most in need.


The roles of all parties involved in the implementation of the financial measure should be clearly defined and steps taken to guarantee the transparency and equity of the procedures for the management and monitoring of the measure.


Rules on the financial contributions made under this Regulation should be defined by reference to those laid down in Regulation (EC) No 2792/1999.


The measures necessary for the implementation of this Regulation should be adopted in accordance with Council Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission (4).


It is necessary and appropriate for the achievement of the basic objective of this Regulation, namely the conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources, to lay down rules on the scrapping of fishing vessels. In accordance with the principle of proportionality as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty, this Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve that objective,



Article 1

Subject matter

An emergency Community measure to assist Member States to achieve additional reductions in fishing effort resulting from recovery plans adopted by the Council is hereby instituted for the period from 2003 to 2006. The measure shall consist of a special incentive to provide Member States with funds to co-finance their additional needs to scrap fishing vessels affected by recovery plans.

Article 2


Any fishing vessel covered by a recovery plan adopted by the Council shall be eligible for an increased scrapping premium in accordance with Article 3 provided that:


the fishing vessel is also eligible for scrapping premiums under Regulation (EC) No 2792/1999,



its fishing effort has had to be reduced by 25 % or more as a consequence of a recovery plan.

Article 3

Maximum amount of increased scrapping premium

Owners of fishing vessels may be granted public aid in respect of eligible fishing vessels within the meaning of Article 2 on the basis of the scales referred to in point (a) of Article 7(5) of Regulation (EC) No 2792/1999, increased by 20 %.


Article 4

Financial contribution from the Community

The Community may grant Member States, for the year 2003, a financial contribution (hereinafter ‘financial contribution’) for their expenditure incurred under Article 3. The financial contribution shall be calculated in accordance with the rates set out in Table 3, Group 1 of Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 2792/1999.

Article 5

Forecast programmes of annual expenditure

Member States wishing to receive a financial contribution shall present to the Commission by 30 June 2003 a plan of their proposed decommissioning expenditure for the year 2003, under this emergency Community measure. The Commission shall proceed with the commitment of the global annual amount available in the budget for this emergency Community measure.

Article 6


1.   Member States shall submit their applications for the payment of the expenditure by 30 June 2004. On the basis of the applications, and the situation of each Member State in respect of the impact of recovery plans, the Commission shall decide on the financial contribution to be paid to each Member State. The Commission shall pay up to 50 % of the assistance on receipt of the application and the balance after certification by the authorities referred to in paragraph 2.

2.   The authorities responsible for the implementation of this emergency Community measure shall be the managing and paying authorities involved in structural fund measures concerning fisheries in the relevant Member State. They shall perform the functions assigned to them by Council Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999 of 21 June 1999 laying down general provisions on the structural funds (5).

3.   Except in the case of contrary provisions arising form this Regulation, the relevant provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999, in particular Articles 33 to 39, as well as derived legislation, shall apply.

TITLE III   PERIOD 2004-2006

Article 7

For the period 2004-2006 the necessary funds for financing the emergency Community measure for scrapping fishing vessels shall be made available by reprogramming of the Structural Funds provided for in Articles 41 and 44 of Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999 and be programmed within the existing Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance programmes.


Article 8


The detailed rules for the implementation of this Regulation shall be adopted by the Commission in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 30(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002 of 20 December 2002 on the conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources under the Common Fisheries Policy (6).

Article 9

Entry into force

This Regulation shall enter into force on 1 January 2003.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 20 December 2002.

For the Council

The President


(1)  OJ C 227 E, 24.9.2002, p. 333.

(2)  Opinion delivered on 5 December 2002 (not yet published in the Official Journal).

(3)  OJ L 337, 30.12.1999, p. 10. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 179/2002 (OJ L 31, 1.2.2002, p. 25).

(4)  OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23.

(5)  OJ L 161, 26.6.1999, p. 1. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1447/2001 (OJ L 198, 21.7.2001, p. 1).

(6)  See page 59 of this Official Journal.