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News announcement20 December 2019Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries1 min read

How was EU funding put to use?

The 2018 implementation report of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is now available. It summarises EMFF implementation across EU countries and sea basins according to specific topics during the period 2014-2018. The report is based on data provided by the Member States in 2019, covering the period from January 2014 to December 2018.

In terms of activities, the report shows that most funding went to data collection on fisheries and aquaculture activities (€362.4 million committed) which helps improve stock assessments and understanding of the state of these sectors, including socio-economic conditions. Control and enforcement (€293.5 million committed) and productive investments in aquaculture (€241.5 million) came in the second and third positions.

The EMFF is one of the five European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds. The Strategic Report for the ESI funds, along with an overview fact sheet about implementation of the funds in each Member State, and a summary of ESI fund evaluations were all published on 17 December 2019.

The ESI Funds Open Data Platform has also been updated to coincide with the report. The EMFF page now shows achievements such as the number of jobs maintained in fisheries (6,518 full-time equivalent), the volume of aquaculture production (150,749 tonnes) or the surface area of Natura 2000 areas (1,456 km²), which the EMFF helps to maintain and protect. As with the EMFF implementation report and the Strategic Report, the information presented is based on data submitted by the Member States in 2019.

More information

EMFF implementation report 2018

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)


Publication date
20 December 2019
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries