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News announcement23 March 2021Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

EMFF/EMFAF: New executive agency takes over programme management from 1 April

Sea water with foam © vivoo / Adobe Stock
Sea water with foam © vivoo / Adobe Stock

With the implementation of the new long-term EU budget, some EASME managed programmes are moving to the new European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA).

From 1 April, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the Life ProgrammeHorizon 2020 Energy Efficiency and part of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials will be managed by the new agency.

CINEA has just been established by the European Commission (EU2021/173) and will start its operations on 1 April 2021.
CINEA will support the implementation of the European Green Deal by managing relevant Union programmes with a total budget of €52bn over the period of 2021-2027, including parts of Horizon Europe, LIFE, EMFF, the Climate Innovation Fund, the Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism and parts of the Connecting Europe Facility. Watch this short animation to find out more about the CINEA.

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will be soon replaced by the new European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), an ambitious support package for the implementation of the common fisheries policy (CFP), the Union’s maritime policy and the EU’s agenda for international ocean governance. The EMFF Unit of EASME will become Sustainable Blue Economy Unit of CINEA.

The funding opportunities will be published in the first half of 2021. Find more information about the current EMFF programme on Fisheries website and on EASME website – and continue to read about EU-funded success stories in this newsletter.


Publication date
23 March 2021
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries