European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)Funding Requests UE
Interview with Mrs. Maria Damanaki European Commissioner (2010-2014) Creator of the EMFF (New!)
Because there are many opinions about what is meant to be EMFF and many consultants have not yet done “homework” to clarify we complete an interview with personality (ex) No. 1 in Europe.
The EMFF is the fund for the EU’s maritime and fisheries policies for 2014-2020. It is one of the five European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds which complement each other and seek to promote a growth and job based recovery in Europe.
The fund helps fishermen in the transition to sustainable fishing supports coastal communities in diversifying their economies finances projects that create new jobs and improve quality of life along European coasts makes it easier for applicants to access financing.
How it works Funding Requests UE
The Fund is used to co-finance projects, along with national funding.
- Each country is allocated a share of the total Fund budget, based on the size of its fishing industry.
- Each country then draws up an operational programme, saying how it intends to spend the money.
Program funding is divided into four pillars: Funding Requests UE
1. Smart, green fishieries 2. Smart, green aquaculture, 3. Sustenable and inclusive territorial development 4. Integrated Maritime Policy
First three pillars will be administered by the managing authority of each Member State. The fourth pillar will be managed directly by the European Union and will include actions that will take place outside the European Union.
Type of shares that will be financed from these first three pillars:
Innovation; Consulting Services; Partnerships between scientists and fishermen and fish farmers; Promoting human capital and social dialogue; Facilitating diversification and job creation; Fishing ports, jetties and shelters; New forms of income and added value.
Type of shares that will be funded from the fourth pillar: Funding Requests UE
Education; Projects, including pilot projects and cooperation; Public Information and disseminating best practices; Awareness campaigns and communication associated with dissemination activities; Conferences; Seminars and Workshops; Exchanges of good practice.
What means support for innovation?
EMFF include measures with a strong focus on innovation, in order to promote the development of new products and processes. The goal is to help fisheries and aquaculture sectors to add value to their products, reduce environmental impacts resulting from their activities and reduce production costs. This support is particularly important for small-scale coastal fleet. EMFF will promote new forms of aquaculture with high potential for innovation and growth, such as offshore aquaculture and aquaculture us food (eg algae production). Aquaculture in polyculture or multifunction system is an opportunity to diversify the income of aquaculture enterprises through complementary activities such as sport fishing, tourism, environmental protection services, direct sale of products or educational activities.
In this context it is desirable that the management authority to focus the selection of applications for funding to those applicants that provide increased value through technological innovation in systems without pollution and a top processing including by selling their products in the international circuit.
Once the Commission approves this programme, it is up to the national authorities to decide which projects will be funded.
The national authorities and the Commission are jointly responsible for the implementation of the programme.
The Common Provisions Regulation Funding Requests UE
In December 2013, to maximize the effectiveness of European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds (which include the financial instruments for cohesion policy, rural development and fisheries), the Council adopted the Common Provisions Regulation ((EU) No 1303/2013). This regulation sets out a common set of rules for all ESI funds. This includes provisions concerning conditionality, performance review, arrangements for monitoring, reporting, evaluation and eligibility rules.
- Financial allocation per member state
- Questions and answers
- Community-led local development (CLLD)
- Committee and Expert Group on the EMFF
- Synergies and coordination with other funds
- European Structural and Investment Funds: guidance
- European Structural and Investment Funds, Common Provisions Regulation: legal texts