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Improving the financial measures relating to the common fisheries policy
This Regulation establishes a clear and effective structure for Community financial interventions in the implementation of the common fisheries policy (CFP). These interventions involve, in particular, the control and enforcement of CFP rules, conservation measures, data collection, the improvement of scientific advice, governance, compliance with international agreements concerning the sustainability of fisheries resources and the implementation of measures relating to the Law of the Sea.
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.
Through this Regulation the Council intends to improve the effectiveness of financial interventions within the framework of the implementation and control of the common fisheries policy (CFP).
Financial measures are provided for in order to implement the CFP. The financial interventions concern:
- improving the control of fishing activities and the application of CFP measures. The purpose of the funds allocated to the Member States is to compensate for any shortfall in national fisheries control programmes and to deal with deteriorating resources. The aim is to coordinate these control measures, taking particular account of the deployment of national inspection and surveillance systems through the Community Fisheries Control Agency;
- data collection and improving scientific advice. The aim of the financial interventions made to Member States is to provide additional information for the evaluation of fisheries resources. Data handling goes hand in hand with collecting information, and it is essential to involve all stakeholders in the implementation of these measures. The Community funds will be used to support the establishment of complete databases which will be regularly updated within the Member States;
- international relations. The financial interventions will support the conclusion of fisheries agreements with third countries, collaboration with the United Nations and the establishment of partnerships in the sector. These funds are also to be used for Community participation in preparatory work aimed at establishing new international organisations and/or new international standards in the fisheries sector and to protect fisheries resources;
- governance of the CFP. The Regulation provides for expenditure relating to the Advisory Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (ACFA) and the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs), as well as for financing the operational costs of establishing the RACs.
Allocation of Community funds
These various actions will be financed within the framework of the financial guidelines for the period 2007-13. These actions receive Community funding as they help to ensure a long-term balance for fisheries resources.
Annual appropriations will be authorised by the budgetary authority within the limits of the financial framework. The measures financed under this Regulation may not receive financial assistance from other Community instruments. The Commission will ensure that preventive measures are established against fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities by providing for the recovery of the amounts paid if any irregularities are detected.
The implementation of these actions will be monitored on a regular basis. The Commission will ensure the regular, independent, external evaluation of the actions financed.
Under this Regulation the Commission must present to the Parliament and to the Council by 31 March 2011 an interim evaluation report on the results obtained and on the monitoring of the implementation of the actions financed by Community funds. A communication on the continuation of these actions will be published no later than 30 August 2012.
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1.1.2007 – 31.12.2013
OJ L 160 of 14.6.2006.