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VARPE calls for a review of the entire quality control system for fish products
In Moscow 25 April the annual annual meeting of the members of the All-Russian Association of Fisheries Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Exporters (VARPE) was held. The president of the association A. Fomin delivered a report on the activities of the WWARP in 2013.
During the reporting meeting, members of the All-Russian Association of Fisheries Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Exporters recognized the work of the association as satisfactory last year and approved the main activities taking into account the changed situation in the industry.
He recalled the difficult conditions in which the fishing industry found itself in the past year.
“Until recently, we worked in conditions of tough confrontation between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Federal Agency for Fishery, which undoubtedly left its mark on the activities of our enterprises. Moreover, due to such uncertainty, the center of decision-making in the management of the industry was blurred. On the one hand, the activities of the law enforcement agencies - the FSB and the Border Service - became more active, on the other hand, the veterinary service became more active, the Federal Antimonopoly Service began to voice its approaches to managing the industry, ”the president of the association said.
At the site of the working group created under the Ministry of Agriculture, VARPE, together with other industry associations, managed to repel the first attack of the FAS, which advocated abandoning the historical distribution of shares and quotas and moving to auctions. We still have risks, because, although no one is talking about a complete auction approach to the distribution of resources, Minister N. Fedorov and the head of the Federal Agency for Fishery I. Shestakov have spoken about a possible modernization of the historical principle. What is the “modernization of the principle” is a debatable question, so we will continue this work and defend our interests, ”Fomin said.
Another important platform for the development of managerial decisions was the interdepartmental working group under the head of the control department of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, Konstantin Chuichenko. “We participated in the preparation of materials on behalf of the President and in two meetings of the IWG, when the issues of import substitution and administrative barriers in terms of veterinary medicine were considered.
The position of all members of the working group agreed that the function of total veterinary control is redundant, harmful to the state, and as a result, an order was given to revise the entire system of quality control of fish products, ”added the President of VARPE.
New benchmarks may appear after the exit meeting of the protocol on the development of the fisheries complex, which 23 of April in Magadan, was held by Prime Minister D. Medvedev, appeared. At the meeting, the leader of the VARPE spoke in defense of the historical principle of distribution of quotas, stressing that the fishermen receive practically no support from the budget, except for a single agricultural tax, which is valid only for enterprises with up to 300 employees.
“At the same time, in seven years we have achieved good indicators, mainly due to the correct government decisions. However, in 2013 our investments decreased by 20%. Since we are faced with the task of renewing the fleet, then we must have clear and clear prospects for our development, ”the president of the association cited as an example. According to Alexander Fomin, the position of VARPE - to consolidate the share of quotas for 20-25 years - found support not only from the leadership of the fishing regions, but also from the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Finance. At the end of the report, he invited the members of the association to pay attention to the work plan of the VARPE for 2014 and to speak out on the most relevant areas.
Dmitry Matveev, President of the Sakhalin Fisheries Association, acknowledged the positive changes that have been achieved with the help of the entire fishing community. “We managed to neutralize the pseudonovations proposed for use by individual departments without taking into account the specifics of the work of the fishery complex, which could block the development of fishing. This concerns the FAS initiative to revise the historical principle of allocating quotas, ”said the head of the ARS.
“The border service is a hot topic and concerns absolutely all pools,” A. Fomin commented. He suggested contacting the head of the coast guard department of the Russian FSB Border Service, Yuri Alekseev, with a proposal to revive the working group that had previously served as a platform for consultations and constructive discussion of controversial issues between fishermen and border guards.
G. Martynov, President of the Association of Fisheries Enterprises in Primorye, supported the idea of resuming consultations with the Border Guard Service within the framework of the reconstituted working group. “Such a proposal comes not only from VARPE, but also from all regional associations. And a similar working group can probably be done with customs. We have already agreed with the Far Eastern Customs Administration to create a working group on customs value. Because a lot of circulating assets are diverted, they are then returned to enterprises - after lengthy trials, but you have to keep additional lawyers on the staff. There are permanent fines - courts, fines - courts, ”said the head of the ARPP.
“For the first year, I think a lot has been done, a lot has been done,” said V. Moskaltsov, President of Dalryba OJSC. - But of course, problems remain, and we look forward to 2018 with trepidation. I would like to raise questions about science and fleet renewal. Many managers came to the conclusion that it was necessary to modernize the fleet, but the ships are old, and repairs are becoming more and more expensive every year. Therefore, there is a complete impasse in the fleet, uncertainty, although everyone understands that without the help of the state, without the influence of the state, no one will be able to solve this problem. As for science, without a doubt, we need to keep this matter under control, otherwise we will get a cut ODE. "
During the discussion, there were suggestions to more actively involve representatives of state bodies and especially the controlling agencies in participating in the ARPE meetings. In addition, the meeting recommended that the leadership of the association think about creating a strong legal unit that could track upcoming changes in the sectoral regulatory framework, promptly provide relevant explanations and interact with the Federal Agency for Fisheries and the Ministry of Agriculture on this issue.