EU agrees fisheries funds for four countries
THE European Commission has adopted investment packages for the maritime, fisheries and aquaculture sectors of Denmark, Estonia, Germany and Sweden, available up to 2020, FIS reported.
Denmark will receive €267.6 million, including €208.4 million of EU funds, Estonia €129.6 million, including €101 million of EU funds, Germany €284.6 million, including €219.6 million of EU funds, and Sweden €172.9 million, including €120.2 million of EU funds.
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella welcomed the adoption of the programmes under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), and stressed their contribution to sustainable growth.
‘Today we have taken another step to secure a bright future for fishing communities and aquaculture business in Europe,’ he said.
‘The investment under these programmes will make fisheries and aquaculture more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. This means more resource efficiency, more innovation and more opportunities for jobs and growth.’
The investment will support projects that promote sustainable aquaculture and fisheries, and projects that improve the competitiveness of those sectors in areas such as innovation, processing and marketing.
A significant part of the budget will also be used to support the implementation of the CFP through the collection of fish stock and other marine data as well as various measures to control fishing activities.