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Document 32008D0860

2008/860/EC: 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)

OJ L 303, 14.11.2008, p. 13–24 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2008/860/oj

14.11.2008   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 303/13


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 1

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 2

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 3

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 4

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 5

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 6

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 7

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 8

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 9

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 10

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 11

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 12

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 29 October 2008.

For the Commission

Joe BORG

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 160, 14.6.2006, p. 1.

(2)  OJ L 97, 12.4.2007, p. 30.

(3)  OJ L 333, 20.12.2003, p. 17.

(4)  OJ L 409, 30.12.2006, p. 1, as corrected by OJ L 36, 8.2.2007, p. 3.

(5)  OJ L 340, 22.12.2007, p. 46.


ANNEX I

New technologies and IT networks

(EUR)

Member State

Expenditure planned in the national fisheries control programme

Eligible expenditure

Community contribution

Belgium

0

0

0

Bulgaria

50 000

50 000

25 000

Cyprus

0

0

0

Czech Republic

0

0

0

Denmark

0

0

0

Germany

50 000

50 000

25 000

Estonia

0

0

0

Greece

4 500 000

3 000 000

1 500 000

Spain

415 936

340 336

170 168

France

70 000

70 000

35 000

Ireland

2 185 864

2 155 864

1 077 932

Italy

4 700 000

1 700 000

850 000

Latvia

0

0

0

Lithuania

77 330

77 330

38 665

Luxembourg

0

0

0

Hungary

0

0

0

Malta

0

0

0

Netherlands

1 174 410

1 104 410

552 205

Austria

0

0

0

Poland

0

0

0

Portugal

0

0

0

Romania

140 000

140 000

70 000

Slovenia

51 300

51 300

25 650

Slovakia

0

0

0

Finland

350 000

350 000

175 000

Sweden

135 000

135 000

67 500

United Kingdom

201 435

200 781

100 391

Total

14 101 275

9 425 021

4 712 511

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 II

Automatic localisation devices

(EUR)

Member State

Expenditure planned in the national fisheries control programme

Community contribution

Belgium

0

0

Bulgaria

0

0

Cyprus

0

0

Czech Republic

0

0

Denmark

0

0

Germany

0

0

Estonia

0

0

Greece

0

0

Spain

0

0

France

0

0

Ireland

1 500 000

750 000

Italy

0

0

Latvia

0

0

Lithuania

0

0

Luxembourg

0

0

Hungary

0

0

Malta

0

0

Netherlands

0

0

Austria

0

0

Poland

0

0

Portugal

0

0

Romania

0

0

Slovenia

20 000

17 500

Slovakia

0

0

Finland

0

0

Sweden

0

0

United Kingdom

0

0

Total

1 520 000

767 500

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


ANNEX III

Electronic recording and reporting systems

(EUR)

Member State

Expenditure planned in the national fisheries control programme

Eligible expenditure

Community contribution

Belgium

210 000

210 000

105 000

Bulgaria

0

0

0

Cyprus

0

0

0

Czech Republic

0

0

0

Denmark

604 026

604 026

302 013

Germany

530 000

530 000

265 000

Estonia

0

0

0

Greece

0

0

0

Spain

115 500

115 500

57 750

France

0

0

0

Ireland

2 500 000

2 500 000

1 250 000

Italy

0

0

0

Latvia

0

0

0

Lithuania

0

0

0

Luxembourg

0

0

0

Hungary

0

0

0

Malta

0

0

0

Netherlands

1 540 000

1 540 000

770 000

Austria

0

0

0

Poland

0

0

0

Portugal

0

0

0

Romania

0

0

0

Slovenia

0

0

0

Slovakia

0

0

0

Finland

0

0

0

Sweden

0

0

0

United Kingdom

0

0

0

Total

5 499 526

5 499 526

2 749 763

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


ANNEX IV

Electronic recording and reporting devices

(EUR)

Member State

Expenditure planned in the national fisheries control programme

Eligible expenditure

Community contribution

Belgium

0

0

0

Bulgaria

0

0

0

Cyprus

0

0

0

Czech Republic

0

0

0

Denmark

0

0

0

Germany

0

0

0

Estonia

0

0

0

Greece

0

0

0

Spain

0

0

0

France

2 000 000

1 098 000

823 500

Ireland

0

0

0

Italy

0

0

0

Latvia

0

0

0

Lithuania

0

0

0

Luxembourg

0

0

0

Hungary

0

0

0

Malta

0

0

0

Netherlands

0

0

0

Austria

0

0

0

Poland

0

0

0

Portugal

0

0

0

Romania

0

0

0

Slovenia

0

0

0

Slovakia

0

0

0

Finland

0

0

0

Sweden

0

0

0

United Kingdom

739 834

739 834

554 876

Total

2 739 834

1 837 834

1 378 376

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 V

Pilot projects

(EUR)

Member State

Expenditure planned in the national fisheries control programme

Eligible expenditure

Community contribution

Belgium

0

0

0

Bulgaria

0

0

0

Cyprus

0

0

0

Czech Republic

0

0

0

Denmark

0

0

0

Germany

0

0

0

Estonia

0

0

0

Greece

0

0

0

Spain

0

0

0

France

0

0

0

Ireland

0

0

0

Italy

0

0

0

Latvia

0

0

0

Lithuania

0

0

0

Luxembourg

0

0

0

Hungary

0

0

0

Malta

0

0

0

Netherlands

0

0

0

Austria

0

0

0

Poland

0

0

0

Portugal

0

0

0

Romania

0

0

0

Slovenia

0

0

0

Slovakia

0

0

0

Finland

0

0

0

Sweden

234 000

234 000

117 000

United Kingdom

295 934

269 031

134 516

Total

529 934

503 031

251 516

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 VI

Training

(EUR)

Member State

Expenditure planned in the national fisheries control programme

Eligible expenditure

Community contribution

Belgium

0

0

0

Bulgaria

40 000

40 000

20 000

Cyprus

0

0

0

Czech Republic

0

0

0

Denmark

123 753

83 485

41 743

Germany

18 500

18 500

9 250

Estonia

0

0

0

Greece

40 000

40 000

20 000

Spain

173 910

157 110

78 555

France

92 000

92 000

46 000

Ireland

122 000

122 000

61 000

Italy

1 465 230

1 165 230

582 615

Latvia

0

0

0

Lithuania

17 400

17 400

8 700

Luxembourg

0

0

0

Hungary

0

0

0

Malta

0

0

0

Netherlands

120 000

120 000

60 000

Austria

0

0

0

Poland

0

0

0

Portugal

0

0

0

Romania

200 000

200 000

100 000

Slovenia

48 500

48 500

24 250

Slovakia

0

0

0

Finland

130 000

130 000

65 000

Sweden

0

0

0

United Kingdom

178 746

177 266

88 633

Total

2 770 039

2 411 491

1 205 746

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 VII

Assessment of expenditure

(EUR)

Member State

Expenditure planned in the national fisheries control programme

Eligible expenditure

Community contribution

Belgium

0

0

0

Bulgaria

12 000

12 000

6 000

Cyprus

0

0

0

Czech Republic

0

0

0

Denmark

0

0

0

Germany

0

0

0

Estonia

0

0

0

Greece

0

0

0

Spain

0

0

0

France

0

0

0

Ireland

0

0

0

Italy

0

0

0

Latvia

0

0

0

Lithuania

0

0

0

Luxembourg

0

0

0

Hungary

0

0

0

Malta

0

0

0

Netherlands

0

0

0

Austria

0

0

0

Poland

0

0

0

Portugal

0

0

0

Romania

0

0

0

Slovenia

0

0

0

Slovakia

0

0

0

Finland

0

0

0

Sweden

0

0

0

United Kingdom

0

0

0

Total

12 000

12 000

6 000

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


ANNEX VIII

Seminars and media tools

(EUR)

Member State

Expenditure planned in the national fisheries control programme

Eligible expenditure

Community contribution

Belgium

0

0

0

Bulgaria

58 000

58 000

43 500

Cyprus

0

0

0

Czech Republic

0

0

0

Denmark

33 557

33 557

25 168

Germany

0

0

0

Estonia

0

0

0

Greece

1 000 000

1 000 000

750 000

Spain

394 800

394 800

296 100

France

0

0

0

Ireland

0

0

0

Italy

497 200

447 200

335 400

Latvia

0

0

0

Lithuania

15 900

15 900

11 925

Luxembourg

0

0

0

Hungary

0

0

0

Malta

0

0

0

Netherlands

0

0

0

Austria

0

0

0

Poland

0

0

0

Portugal

0

0

0

Romania

0

0

0

Slovenia

8 500

8 500

6 375

Slovakia

0

0

0

Finland

0

0

0

Sweden

0

0

0

United Kingdom

104 250

104 250

78 188

Total

2 112 207

2 062 207

1 546 656

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 IX

Patrol vessels and aircraft

(EUR)

Member State

Expenditure planned in the national fisheries control programme

Eligible expenditure under this Decision

Community contribution

Belgium

0

0

0

Bulgaria

0

0

0

Cyprus

0

0

0

Czech Republic

0

0

0

Denmark

301 678

166 678

83 339

Germany

3 826 458

68 000

34 000

Estonia

0

0

0

Greece

14 603 000

558 000

279 000

Spain

44 225 546

1 657 546

828 773

France

575 000

500 000

250 000

Ireland

260 000

60 000

30 000

Italy

24 000 000

0

0

Latvia

0

0

0

Lithuania

0

0

0

Luxembourg

0

0

0

Hungary

0

0

0

Malta

0

0

0

Netherlands

0

0

0

Austria

0

0

0

Poland

0

0

0

Portugal

0

0

0

Romania

130 000

130 000

65 000

Slovenia

0

0

0

Slovakia

0

0

0

Finland

180 000

170 000

85 000

Sweden

0

0

0

United Kingdom

1 005 765

999 448

499 724

Total

89 107 447

4 309 672

2 154 836

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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