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Focus on the EMFF on the occasion of its launch for the 2014-2020 period

The 9th and 10th of June 2016, during the French Fishing and Seafood products Conclave at Sables-d’Olonne, the official launch of the implementation of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) was announced.

This launch gives us the opportunity to get back on this fund, still little-known.

The EMFF, the Structural Fund for the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy
The EMFF is one of the instruments to implement the Common Fisheries Policy. This financial instrument complements other measures such as the total admissible catches (TAC), which are catch limits for most of major commercial fish stocks, divided into quotas among countries; technical measures or supervision of access to waters for instance.
The EMFF is part of the four European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs), along with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). It succeeded to the European Fisheries Fund and support the sustainable development in the Fisheries and Aquaculture sectors.

A shared management between Member States and the Commission
With 6.4 billion euro for 2014-2020, this fund has a “shared management”. It is managed at 89% by the Member States, around 3 main axes: the sustainability and profitability of fisheries and aquaculture, the controls and data collection. Thus, the Commission manages 11% of this fund regarding: strengthening of international governance, cooperation through exchanges of information and best practices, public awareness and support to networking and knowledge of the marine environment platforms and maritime spatial planning.

The EMFF in France
France benefits from a 588 million euro budget for the 2014-2020 period. It is a major increase compared to the 2007-2013 period. The French operational programme related to the EMFF for 2014-2020 was approved the 3rd of December 2015 by the European Commission. This programme, proposed by the State and the Association of French Regions, results from a thorough exchange with all stakeholders and the civil society. 

The EMFF pursues two main goals:

  • The promotion of more competitive 
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture economics
  • The promotion of a sustainable economic development of Fisheries and Aquaculture

In concrete terms, then the funds allows to:

  • Help fishermen to adopt sustainable fisheries practices
  • Help the coastal population to diversify their economic activities
  • Finance projects aiming to create jobs and to improve the quality of life along the European coastline
  • Facilitate access to fundingIn France, this fund is managed by the Direction of Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sea. 

In France, the management of a part of the EMFF measures was apportioned to littoral Regional Councils and the implementation operational of the EMFF was then launched. 3 calls for proposals are already open.


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