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Document 31992D0067

92/67/EEC: Commission Decision of 20 December 1991 on the multiannual guidance programme for aquaculture (1992 to 1996) submitted by Greece pursuant to Council Regulation (EEC) No 4028/86 (Only the Greek text is authentic)

OJ L 29, 5.2.1992, p. 24–26 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/12/1996



92/67/EEC: Commission Decision of 20 December 1991 on the multiannual guidance programme for aquaculture (1992 to 1996) submitted by Greece pursuant to Council Regulation (EEC) No 4028/86 (Only the Greek text is authentic)

Official Journal L 029 , 05/02/1992 P. 0024 - 0026

COMMISSION DECISION of 20 December 1991 on the multiannual guidance programme for aquaculture (1992 to 1996) submitted by Greece pursuant to Council Regulation (EEC) No 4028/86 (Only the Greek text is authentic) (92/67/EEC)


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EEC) No 4028/86 of 18 December 1986 on Community measures to improve and adapt structures in the fisheries and aquaculture sector (1), as last amended by Regulation (EEC) No 3944/90 (2), and in particular Articles 2 and 4 thereof,

Whereas the structural policies implemented by the Community in the aquaculture sector must have development objectives which are compatible with all Community policies and must contribute to the establishment of the common economic area;

Whereas those objectives must ensure more far-reaching economic and social cohesion while allowing market rules to apply;

Whereas it is more important to create the conditions favourable to development than to make provision for specific measures only;

Whereas steps should be taken to coordinate, in a comprehensive and coherent framework, the operations of the financial instruments both in the Community and in the Member States;

Whereas, in areas where it is being developed, aquaculture interacts with the natural environment; whereas, in certain circumstances, aquaculture may in some cases affect the environment positively and in others negatively;

Whereas Council Directives 91/67/EEC (3), 91/492/EEC (4) and 91/493/EEC (5) harmonize the rules governing animal health and public health as applied to fish farms;

Whereas pressure on space and in particular intense competition regarding the use of the coastline are a major constraint on the development of aquaculture; whereas it is essential, therefore, that preference be given to a policy of identifying sites which are suitable for the development of aquaculture as an integral part of the landscape and to coastline development projects;

Whereas the future of aquaculture will be determined also by the ability of the industry to increase the range of production by operating experimental farms and pilot projects arising from research;

Whereas on 30 April 1991 the Greek Government forwarded to the Commission a multiannual guidance programme for aquaculture, hereinafter called 'the programme'; whereas on 7 October 1991 it forwarded the latest additional information concerning the programme;

Whereas the aim of the programme is to make maximum use of and improve the management of rivers, lakes and lagoons, to increase Greek aquaculture production, to safeguard and respect the environment and to improve aquaculture health measures in Greece; whereas the Member State considers that approximately ECU 95,5 million are necessary for the completion of the programme of which ECU 5,9 million represent the total investment in measures planned under the IMP's for 1992; whereas the approval of the programme is without prejudice to any later selection of individual investment projects;

Whereas the programme concerns all the structural policies implemented in the aquaculture sector of the Member State concerned;

Whereas the aquaculture sector is developing within a commercial framework, a feature of which is the growth of international competition; whereas the development of the market in aquaculture species could entail the need to adjust the objectives for the production of certain species;

Whereas flexible planning is required based on routine monitoring of the factors of production and market conditions; whereas a close watch needs to be kept on the programme, therefore, and this can only be done if reliable figures are available which are regularly updated and which apply to the national territory as a whole;

Whereas the measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee for the Fishing Industry,


Article 1

The multiannual guidance programme for aquaculture (1992 to 1996), as forwarded by the Greek Government on 30 April 1991 and as last supplemented on 7 October 1991, the essential contents of which are set out in the Annex hereto, is hereby approved subject to the conditions laid down in this Decision.

Article 2

1. The planning of the measures for the development and rationalization of aquaculture production corresponding to the investments provided for in the Annex hereto shall be carried out with due regard for the priorities set by the various Regulations governing the Community structural policies.

2. Special attention must be given during the implementation of the programme to the interaction between the development of the aquaculture sector and the environment and to the health conditions of fish farms and their products.

3. Preference shall be given to investment projects to which the Member State applies rules favourable to the development of aquaculture.

4. Preference shall be given to innovative projects based on adequate research work and ensuring in the long term the diversification of production.

5. The production objectives of the programme must be checked at regular intervals and adjusted, if necessary, in line with the development of the market for fishery and aquaculture products.

6. Special attention must be given during the implementation of the programme to controlling production costs.

7. Special attention must be given to the technical viability of shrimp farms and their long-term economic profitability.

Article 3

The Commission shall inform the Member State, if necessary, within six months following 1 April each year, of the failure to comply with the conditions to which approval of the programme was made subject, on the basis of an examination of the periodic summary reports provided for in Article 5 of Regulation (EEC) No 4028/86, or in the absence thereof.

Article 4

The Commission draws attention to the fact that the investment estimates contained in this programme are without prejudice to any financial aid the Community may grant.

Article 5

This Decision is addressed to the Hellenic Republic. Done at Brussels, 20 December 1991. For the Commission

Manuel MARÍN


(1) OJ No L 376, 31. 12. 1986, p. 7. (2) OJ No L 380, 31. 12. 1990, p. 1. (3) OJ No L 46, 19. 2. 1991, p. 1. (4) OJ No L 268, 24. 9. 1991, p. 1. (5) OJ No L 268, 24. 9. 1991, p. 15.



Principal sectors

Inland waters:

- intensive fish farming: trout, carp, salmon, eel, tilapia, etc.,

- extensive fish farming: chiefly mullet, carp, etc.

Lagoons: chiefly mullet, eel, sea bass, sea bream.

Sea water: chiefly mussels and oysters (molluscs), shrimp (crustaceans), sea bass and sea bream (fin fish).


The entire territory of Greece.


Extension of the network for monitoring the quality of aquaculture water,

sanitation of aquatic ecosystems,

protection of endangered species.


Study of the interaction between the environment and farmed species,

study of the early development stages of the farmed species,

study of the cost-benefit ratio of the feed input (fin fish and shellfish),

hydrobiological study of lakes and lagoons with a view to their optimal utilization,

genetic research and preservation of gametes.


diagnosis and treatment of various fin fish, mollusc and crustacean diseases,

improvement of health measures related to the rearing, transport and processing of organisms and products of aquaculture intended for marketing.

Legislative aspects and funding of investments

More stringent laws to ensure the sound management and efficiency of aquaculture units,

for inland waters, sea waters and lagoons, the cost of estimated new investments and modernization and extension projects for 1992 to 1996 is ECU 95,5 million, of which ECU 5,9 million represents the total investment in measures planned under the IMPs for 1992.


To increase national output in order to redress the Greek trade balance in aquaculture products, which is currently in deficit,

to increase exports of species with a high added value,

to direct production towards market requirements.


To increase production,

to organize the distribution network as provided for under Community law,

to facilitate the movement of products by organizing dispatch centres operating in accordance with Community health rules,

to develop new species (Sparidae, flatfish (sole, turbot), Astacus spp., catfish, etc.).

to improve the management of rivers, lakes and lagoons.