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After the European Commission had warned three countries - Curaçao, Ghana and Korea - that they were not doing enough to fight illegal fishing in November 2013, it will now grant each country an extra six months to improve the situation. The Commission will review their progress made at the end of this period.
The EU's General Affairs Council has adopted legislation to improve the planning of maritime activities. The new Maritime Spatial Planning Directive will help Member States develop and coordinate various activities taking place at sea so that they are as efficient and sustainable as possible.

Contracts and funding

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

The European Commission regularly publishes calls for tenders, proposals and expressions of interest to buy in services and goods. For details on public contracts relating to maritime affairs and fisheries, see our pages on calls for tenders and calls for proposals.

See also planned calls for tenders and proposals on maritime affairs and fisheries in the annual work programme for public contracts and grants.

Maritime affairs

The EU provides funding for the political priorities for the Integrated Maritime Policy expressed by the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament under Regulation 1255/2011. The funding is implemented through the Work Programme for 2011 and 2012 pdf - 115 KB [115 KB]   which has a budget of 40 million Euros to be spent mainly on calls for tender and calls for proposals.

Fisheries

The EU provides funding for the fishing industry and coastal communities through the European fisheries fund, which is managed by the authorities in each EU country.

For more information on how EFF funding is managed in your country, contact your national fisheries authorities pdf - 147 KB [147 KB] .

For information on who receives EU funding, see the European Transparency Initiative.

EU governments are allowed to provide subsidies (known as state aid) for their own fishing industry, provided it does not distort competition between EU countries. The rules on state aid are strictly enforced.