Brussels, 1 December 2022
The Commission has adopted the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) programmes for Greece and Romania.
The total amount of the allocated funds for Greece, which cover this six-year period, is €519.6 million, of which the EU contribution accounts for €363.7 million. The total amount of the allocated funds for Romania is €232 million over the next six years, of which the EU contribution accounts for €162.4 million.
The programmes’ allocations will be mostly dedicated to sustainable fisheries, sustainable aquaculture and processing as well as to sustainable blue economy in coastal regions and the strengthening of the international ocean governance.
Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said:
“I am delighted to announce the adoption of the EMFAF programmes for Greece and Romania that will support sustainable investments in aquaculture and fisheries, accelerating the green and digital transition of the sector. The programmes will also contribute to the protection and restoration of the marine environment in Greece and stronger conservation policy in the Black Sea respectively.”
More than half of the programme’s allocation in Greece will be dedicated to sustainable fisheries and a big part will also be invested in sustainable aquaculture. The digital transition of the Greek fisheries, aquaculture and processing sectors is another key area of the programme. Financial support will also go to management plans for marine protected areas and the fight against marine litter.
The programme in Romania will support, among others: investments to comply with the landing obligation and upgrading the fishing infrastructure; energy efficiency and decarbonisation in fisheries and aquaculture; support for Small Scale Coastal Fisheries; investments in sustainable aquaculture projects; as well as various actions contributing to conservation objectives.
Source – EU Commission