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EMFAF – Recovery of coastal and maritime tourism in the Western Mediterranean – 2021

The EMFAF supports the EU common fisheries policy (CFP), the EU maritime policy and the EU agenda for international ocean governance. It provides support for developing innovative projects ensuring that aquatic and maritime resources are used sustainably.

3.875 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions European Union, Mediterranean countries

Countries eligible for the grant:

  • Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
  • Non-EU countries that are part of the sea basin strategies targeted in this call for proposals:
    • Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and Turkey in Topic 2 “Black Sea blue economy investment and innovation capacity building pilot”
    • Mauritania, Morocco, and Algeria, Tunisia and Libya in Topic 3 “Recovery of coastal and maritime tourism in the Western Mediterranean”

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Priorities and funded actions


  • Topic 1:
    • To support the development and uptake of multi-use between marine renewable energies (especially emerging ones such as wave, tidal and floating wind) and other blue economy activities and/or with nature protection (e.g. marine protected areas);
  • Topic 2:
    • To strengthen the capacity of blue economy SMEs and start-ups to identify and tap into potential public/private investors;
    • To improve the visibility of investment opportunities in the Black Sea blue economy and capacity of public/private investors to identify SMEs and startups;
    • To develop stakeholder capacity to establish/enhance concrete cooperation and networking approaches and methods to improve the business environment and strengthen value chains;
    • To contribute to the development of a networked, multi-stakeholder blue investment and innovation ecosystem in the Black Sea.
  • Topic 3:
    • To support tourism stakeholders to tap into the growing ecotourism niche tourism market;
    • To boost innovation and digitalisation in the tourism sector, thus increasing its contribution to economic growth and jobs in the Mediterranean;
    • To improve the business environment for tourism SMEs, mobilising private and public investments, enhancing socio-economic and market intelligence, diversifying and increasing the visibility of the tourism offer and products.


  • Topic 1:
    • Priority 1: Develop musti-use integrated solutions to offshore renewable energy developments;
    • Priority 2: Bring a radical change from the concept of exclusive resource rights to inclusive sharing of resources by one or more uses;
    • Priority 3: Make a substantive contribution to environmentally sustainable objectives.
  • Topic 2:
    • Priority 1: Bring together blue economy stakeholders in EU and eligible non-EU Black Sea countries to identify and tackle local capacity building needs to boost innovation, digitalisation and investment in the Black Sea blue economy;
    • Priority 2: Create a bridge between local stakeholders and activities developed at the level of the Black Sea CMA;
    • Priority 3: Make a substantive contribution to environmentally sustainable objectives and do no significant harm to any other environmental objectives.
  • Topic 3:
    • Priority 1: Contribute to the overall resilience in the tourism sector;
    • Priority 2: Contribute to the objectives of the sea basin approach in the Western Mediterranean;
    • Priority 3: Build on, complement and valorise the results of relevant projects, overarching initiatives, networks and cooperation frameworks at European and Mediterranean level.

Among financed actions

  • Cost-benefit analysis, market study, business planning, identifying investors;
  • Forming partnerships between business, investors, authorities, environmental organisations and other stakeholders, e.g. through matchmaking activities;
  • Identification of sites and preparatory activities for licensing/consenting applications;
  • Preparing a business case, highlighting the funding needed, with a view to ensuring sustainability and continuity of the pilot initiative;
  • Trials, validation, demonstration and testing of offshore technologies/devices for multi-use integrated solutions;
  • Design of a multi-stakeholder and circular approach to ensure stakeholder acceptance and optimal resource use;
  • Development of models to monitor the impact of the multi-use offshore renewable solutions on the surrounding marine habitats and species;
  • Preparation of methods to track and measure the carbon budget of the whole project;
  • Stakeholder engagement, networking, awareness raising and dissemination activities;
  • Pitching or other events to engage corporates and investors.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 24 and 30 months.


  • Be a legal entity;
  • Be a public authority at national, regional or local level;
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries;
  • Be a consortium of at least six applicants from six different eligible countries.
  • Indicative budget per topic:
    • Topic 1 – Innovative multi-use projects combining offshore renewable energy with other activities and/or with nature protection in the Atlantic: between 700,000 and 1 million euro;
    • Topic 2 – Black Sea blue economy investment and innovation capacity building pilot: between 300,000 and 500,000 euro;
    • Topic 3 – Recovery of coastal and maritime tourism in the Western Mediterranean: between 700,000 and 1 million euro.
  • Co-financing rate: up to 80% of the total eligible costs

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