Commissionís support for aquaculture 'ineffective', say EU auditors

Measures to support aquaculture by the European Commission in the period up to 2013, were “weak and insufficient” at both EU and member state level, according to auditors. The Commission admitted the shortcomings. EurActiv Greece reports.

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) published (16 September) a Special Report on the effectiveness for the support of aquaculture in the EU.

Each year the EU produces about 1.3 million tonnes of fish from aquaculture, and the sector has a turnover of €4 billion euro.

Despite being a major objective of Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and European Fisheries Fund (EFF) in the period up to 2013, the report reveals that the measures to support aquaculture were not well-designed and implemented at EU and Member State level.

It adds that the European Fisheries Fund (EFF), the funding instrument of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), “failed to deliver value for money and effective support for the sustainable development of aquaculture”.

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