European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

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European Union
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Intro text: 
The European Maritime and Fisheries fund 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.

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Geographic focus

European Union

Who can apply?

All legal and natural persons in coastal and inland communities of EU Member States. To see if your project is eligible for EMFF support:

  • First check with  the national  authority pdf - 141 KB [141 KB] 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.

Objectives and activities

Objective: The Fund assists Member States to co-finance operational programmes andprojects, to reach the objectives of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.


  • 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; and
  • makes it easier for applicants to access financing.

Example: "The EC has adopted a key investment package for the Slovenian maritime, fisheries and aquaculture sectors worth €32.6m, including almost €25m of EU funds, for the period 2014-2020. "

Type and level of funding

The European Maritime and Fisheries fund has a budget of €6400 million allocated in total for the seven year programme (2014-2020). 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.
  • 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.