The European Commission adopts a program of 567.10 million euros for France
Following the adoption of the 2021-2027 partnership agreement with France, the European Commission adopted the program of the European Maritime Affairs, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFFA) for France, in order to implement implements the EU Common Fisheries Policy and the EU political priorities outlined in the European Green Deal.
The EU contribution for the French Fisheries Program 2021-2027 amounts to €567.1 million and, together with national funding, its total financial allocation amounts to €793.3 million for the new programming period.
The Fund is intended to support the fishing and aquaculture sectors in France by facilitating the green and digital transition, by adapting the product offer to consumer expectations, by sustaining small-scale coastal fishing, by improving resilience and by stimulating innovation.
“The Commission has been at the side of French fishermen in difficult times. I am happy to announce the new EMFAF programme, which will support a resilient and green transition of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in France, the protection of the marine environment and biodiversity”, said the Commissioner responsible for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius.
“France has a key role to play in the sustainable management of our oceans as well as in the development of a sustainable blue economy, so the funding will also contribute to these areas both on the continent and in the six outermost regions. French.”
Among other things, the program will support the restructuring and modernization of the fishing fleet, the implementation of the landing obligation, the improvement of the selectivity of fishing gear and the improvement of knowledge and management marine protected areas.
It aims to strengthen the resilience of the fisheries, aquaculture and processing sectors by helping them cope with the effects of climate change and mitigating the impact of recent crises.
The program will contribute to improving knowledge of the state of fisheries resources and fishing activity, including in the outermost regions: FEMAF support will go in particular to IFREMER, which will be responsible for carrying out observations on fishing effort overseas fishing.
As part of the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the FEMAF will be used for actions aimed at improving knowledge and management of Marine Protected Areas. Responding to the objectives of the ‘farm to fork’ strategy and in line with the new guidelines for the sustainable development of EU aquaculture, the program supports the implementation of the multi-annual national plan for aquaculture.
Positive impacts on coastal communities are expected through the implementation of local development strategies focused on the greening of fishing ports.
Specific actions are planned to support investments in the circular economy and decarbonisation. The focus is on innovation as a cross-sector priority also in the context of the digital transition, with around 6% of the program budget dedicated to innovative projects.
Overall, the program will build the resilience of the fisheries, aquaculture and processing sectors by supporting businesses facing climate change and health events, as well as mitigating the impact of crises, such as the pandemic. , and post-Brexit fallout.
Support is provided to increase the capacity of enterprises to invest, recruit and train. Attention is also paid to the objective of improving health and hygiene conditions in fisheries and aquaculture and ensuring safe working conditions.