The EMFF is the fund for the EU's maritime and fisheries policies for 2014-2020.
It is one of the five European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) which complement each other to deliver more jobs, welfare and growth in the EU.
- helps fishers adapt to sustainable fishing
- supports coastal communities in diversifying their economies
- finances projects that create new jobs and improve quality of life along European coasts
- supports sustainable aquaculture developments
- makes it easier for applicants to access financing
- supports the implementation of the maritime policy
How the fund is managed
11% is managed by the European Commission to support EU-wide objectives in maritime and coastal affairs.
89% is managed by the Member States by means of operational programmes.
- Each country is allocated a share of the total fund budget, based on the size of its fishing industry.
- Each country prepares an operational programme, setting out how the funds will be used during the current funding period 2014-20.
- 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.
The European Commission has delegated to the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) the implementation of part of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) under direct management, representing a budget of €340 million for the programme period 2014-2020. EASME launches and manages calls for proposals and calls for tenders, as well as ad hoc grants and service requests under framework contracts in the areas of fisheries scientific advice, maritime policy and the blue economy.
EMFF calls for proposals serve to implement the EMFF annual work programmes. The work programme is usually adopted at the end of year for the following year and is published on the European Commission website.
Please consult the list below to check which is the national authority in charge of the management and implementation of the EMFF operational programme in your country.
Funded projects and results
The Common Provisions Regulation
Commission implementing acts (decisions and regulations)
Commission implementing decisions
2014/372/EU: setting out the annual breakdown by Member State of the global resources of the EMFF available in the framework of shared management
2014/464/EU: identifying the priorities of the Union for enforcement and control policy in the framework of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
Commission implementing regulations deriving from the EMFF
763/2014 on information and publicity
771/2014 on OP template, template for transmission of information, compensation to outermost regions.
772/2014 on intensity of public aid
1242/2014 on the presentation of cumulative data on operations
1243/2014 on the information sent by Member States and on data needs and synergies between sources
Amendment - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/788 of 8 May 2017
1362/2014 on amendments to operational programmes and presentation of EMFF annual implementation reports
2020/1027 on the implementation and monitoring of specific measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the fishery and aquaculture sector
Commission implementing regulations deriving from the CPR
184/2014 on electronic data exchange (SFC2014)
215/2014 on the methodology for climate change support
1232/2014 on methodologies for climate change support adapted to the EMFF
821/2014 on programme contributions, financial instruments, communication and system to record and store data
964/2014 on "off-the-shelf" financial instruments
1011/2014 on submission of information to the Commission and exchange of information between beneficiaries and national authorities
2015/207 on the models for reports, management declaration, audit strategy and opinion, annual control report, cost-benefit analysis
2015/1974 on reporting of irregularities
Commission delegated regulations
Commission delegated regulations deriving from the EMFF
2015/288 on the period of time and the dates for the inadmissibility of operations
2015/2252 on the period of inadmissibility of applications for support from the EMFF
1014/2014 on the common monitoring and evaluation system
- Corrigendum to the annex of the Delegated Act (list of common indicators) - 3/12/2014
- Corrigendum to the annex of the Delegated Act (list of common indicators) - 7/10/2015
1046/2014 on the calculation of additional costs in the compensation plan for outermost regions
2015/531 on eligible costs to improve health and safety as well as working conditions of fishermen, to protect the marine environment and to increase the energy efficiency and to mitigate climate change
2015/616 adapting references to EMFF in Delegated Regulation (EU) No 480/2014
2015/852 on cases of non-compliance with the Common Fisheries Policy that may lead to interruptions or suspension of EMFF payments
2015/895 on transitional provisions
2015/1930 on financial corrections
Commission delegated regulations deriving from the CPR
240/2014 on the code of conduct of the European Structural and Investment Funds
480/2014 on provisions supplementing CPR parts two, three and four
2015/1970 supplementing the CPR on reporting of irregularities concerning the ESIF
EMFF operational programmes and fact sheets
Annual work programme for public contracts and grants
EU funding recipients database Financial Transparency System
European Structural and Investment Funds, Common Provisions Regulation: legal texts (Regional policy website)
- Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
The European Maritime And Fisheries Fund 2014-2020
Factsheet published in 2015