EU invests millions in Polish fisheries

THE European Commission has adopted a €710.5 million investment package for the Polish fisheries and aquaculture sectors for the 2014-2020 period, including €531.2 million of EU investments.
According to the European Commission, the programme is well aligned with the priorities of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the EU’s reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
As a result, funds will go to three main areas: supporting the CFP objectives to ensure that fishing and aquaculture activities are or become more environmentally sustainable; boosting the development of aquaculture; and improving livelihoods in local communities that depend on fishing and aquaculture, by creating jobs and alternative sources of income as set out in strategies developed by fisheries local action groups.
The programme will also contribute to improving the competitiveness of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors by fostering marketing and processing.
Funds will also support improvements in the management of fisheries control and data collection activities.