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Source: European Parliament

Traditional wooden fishing vessels are a national treasure of Greece’s maritime cultural heritage. The European Union policy aimed at protecting fish stocks and modernising fisheries by withdrawing fishing vessels – the ‘permanent cessation of fishing activities’ through scrapping – over the past three decades has led to the disappearance of traditional Greek fishing vessels.

As provided for in the Regulation, there is the possibility of converting the vessels for other purposes rather than destroying them. This option was not economically advantageous for the fishermen concerned, who, as a result, have had no alternative but to destroy their vessels.

According to the EMFF’s ex-post assessment of the measure of withdrawing fishing vessels, it does not appear to have yielded good results. Nevertheless, the measure remains in the proposal for a regulation on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund repealing Regulation (EU) No. 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Will the Commission say:

What steps will it take to provide incentives for the conservation of traditional Greek wooden fishing vessels?

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