Written Answers - Fishing Industry Development

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 736 No. 1

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  328.  Deputy Dara Calleary  Information on Dara Calleary  Zoom on Dara Calleary   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney   the reason the Irish seafood development operational programme does not allow the Irish seafood processing sector to draw down funding from Axis 2 of the European Fisheries Fund, which provides for measures in support of aquaculture, inland fishing, processing and marketing of fishery and aquaculture products. [16376/11]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  Financial support for the development of the seafood processing sector in accordance with Axis 2 of the European Fisheries Fund is presently provided under the Exchequer funded Irish Seafood National Programme 2007-2013. I am examining the feasibility of having this Programme transferred to the EU co-funded Seafood Development Operational Programme 2007-2013, in the context of recommendations made in the recently completed interim evaluation of the Programme. Any changes to the Programme will require the approval of the European Commission and the Monitoring Committee for the co-funded Programme.


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