The European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) (2021-2027) runs from 2021 to 2027 and 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.
CALLS FOR PROPOSALS
European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund. Action for a CISE incident alerting system (EMFAF-2021-PIA-CISE). Call for proposals. Deadline: 18.1.2022 | W3 Funding & tender opportunities, 26.8.2021
European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund. Call for proposals:
Flagship projects promoting a sustainable blue economy through regional maritime cooperation in the Atlantic, the Black Sea and the Western Mediterranean (EMFAF-2021-PIA-FLAGSHIP).
Recovery of coastal and maritime tourism in the Western Mediterranean (EMFAF-2021-PIA-FLAGSHIP-WESTMED).
Maritime Spatial Planning Projects (EMFAF-2021-PIA-MSP).
Deadline: 12 january 2022 | W3 Funding & tender opportunities, 28.9.2021
Regulation 2021/1139 of 7 July 2021 establishing the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund and amending Regulation 2017/1004 | OJ L 247/01, 13.7.2021
Regulation 2021/1060 of 24 June 2021 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, the Just Transition Fund and the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund and financial rules for those and for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Instrument for Financial Support for Border Management and Visa Policy | OJ L 231/159, 30.6.2021
The European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF). Frequently asked questions | W3 European Commission, 3.6.2021
As a global ocean actor and a major producer of seafood, the EU has a responsibility to protect and sustainably use the oceans and their resources. It is also in the EU's socio-economic interest to guarantee the availability of food supplies, the competitiveness of the maritime economy and the livelihood of coastal communities.
The fund helps achieve sustainable fisheries and conserve marine biological resources. This leads to
- food security through the supply of seafood products
- growth of a sustainable blue economy
- healthy, safe and sustainably managed seas and oceans
It also helps achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14 (‘conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources’), to which the EU is committed. Furthermore, the EMFAF helps fulfil the objectives of the European Green Deal, the roadmap for the EU climate and environmental policies.
The EMFAF supports innovative projects that contribute to the sustainable exploitation and management of aquatic and maritime resources.
In particular, it facilitates
- the transition to sustainable and low-carbon fishing
- the protection of marine biodiversity and ecosystems
- the supply of quality and healthy seafood to European consumers
- the socio-economic attractiveness and the generational renewal of the fishing sector, in particular as regards small-scale coastal fisheries
- the development of a sustainable and competitive aquaculture contributing to food security
- the improvement of skills and working conditions in the fishing and aquaculture sectors
- the economic and social vitality of coastal communities
- innovation in the sustainable blue economy
- maritime security towards a safe maritime space
- international cooperation towards healthy, safe and sustainably managed oceans
The programme management is divided between shared management and direct management.
- shared management – €5.311 billion is provided through national programmes co-financed by the EU budget and EU countries, for which the Common Provision Regulation 2021-2027 is applicable,
- direct management – €797 million is provided directly by the Commission.
Under shared management, each country receives the same percentage of the fund’s budget as during the previous period, 2014-2020. The total budget for 2021-2027 is €6.108 billion.
How to Apply
To see if your project is eligible for EMFAF support, first check with the national authority in charge of managing the operational programme in your country. Then follow the relevant application procedures so that the managing authority can check the eligibility of your project and whether it meets the relevant selection criteria and investment priorities.