The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (2014 - 2020)
The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for the period 2014-2020 provides funding to the fishing industry and coastal communities to help them adapt to changing conditions in the sector and become economically resilient and ecologically sustainable. 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 EMFF is the financial instrument that will help deliver the objectives of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and that will support the implementation of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP). It focuses on the long-term strategic objectives of the two policies: for the Common Fisheries Policy, contributing to sustainable and competitive fisheries and aquaculture; for the Integrated Maritime Policy, ensuring a consistent policy framework for the policy and contributing to a balanced and inclusive territorial development of fisheries areas. In line with the Europe 2020 strategy, these broad objectives for 2014 – 2020 are structured around six priorities within the EMFF:
Union Priority 1 – Promoting environmentally sustainable, resource-efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based fisheries. Union Priority 1 – Promoting environmentally sustainable, resource-efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based fisheries.
Union Priority 2 – Fostering environmentally sustainable, resource-efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based aquaculture.Union Priority 2 – Fostering environmentally sustainable, resource-efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based aquaculture.
Union Priority 3 – Fostering the implementation of the CFP
Union Priority 4 – Increasing employment and territorial cohesion
Union Priority 5 – Fostering marketing and processing
Union Priority 6 – Fostering the implementation of the IMP
The European Commission has approved Malta’s Operational Programme for the funding period 2014 – 2020 on the 6th March 2015, allowing Malta to invest €22,627,422 million (EMFF share) under this Operational Programme. The investment package will support smart and green fisheries and aquaculture, while strengthening the economic viability of businesses in the sector. The programme will support fishing communities by improving infrastructure and equipping fishermen with new skills and opportunities to help them diversify their business models.
Partnership Agreement, Operational Programme and Strategies:
EMFF Supporting Documentation
1st EMFF Monitoring Committee Meeting – 29th May 2015
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