Tomorrow’s AGRIFISH Council will hear from a delegation of member states whose fishing fleets are affected by the fuel crisis
The Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRIFISH) Council will take place tomorrow, Monday 21 March from 10.00am in Brussels.
The meeting will be chaired by the French Minister for Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie. The European Commission will be represented by the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, and the Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski.
The Spanish delegation, on behalf of Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia, will provide information about the impact of rising fuel prices on fishing activity. The cost of raw materials and energy has risen in certain member states, which has led to a rise in production costs for the fishing industry. The member states call on the Commission to consider possible measures to address the situation.
Increases in production and business operation costs
Increases in production and business operation costs Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain are currently experiencing a significant escalation in the costs of raw materials and energy, which has increased and worsened in recent weeks.
This critical situation has led to an unaffordable escalation in production and business operation costs which, in the case of fuel price derivatives, has increased by 100% of its value, with signs of permanence or even greater increase in the coming months.
In this situation, the fishing fleet is announcing temporary stoppages as a result of the difficulty of maintaining its activity, given the decrease in its profitability and the impossibility of compensating the increase in costs with the income received. This situation is undermining market supply while demand is holding up which inevitably leads to significant market disruption.
As on similar occasions in the past, the COM has responded to these crisis situations. This happened when, due to COVID 19, Regulation No. 508/2014 on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund was modified and, in the price crisis of 2008, where Regulation (EC) No. 744/2008 was articulated.
For the current situation of the increase in production and business operation costs, mainly fuel, we request that the Commission examine all possible measures that could be utilised to address the industry situation, including the aquaculture and processing, helping undertakings to maintain the market supply and to come forward with specific proposals as soon as possible.
Source: Press Release