The European Commission has reached the halfway mark in its adoption of each Member State's "Partnership Agreement". Partnership agreements between the European Commission and individual EU countries set out the national authorities' plans on how to use funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) between 2014 and 2020. They outline each country's strategic goals and investment priorities, linking them to the overall aims of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The European Commission is looking for organisations to join the recently established structured dialogue group of experts on the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Among others areas, this is particularly relevant for the Common Fisheries Policy and the Integrated Maritime Policy, through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
In response to the concerns raised by several citizens about animal welfare in fish farming, the European Commission would like to clarify that the health and welfare of farmed fish is important for EU aquaculture.
Following the recent adoption of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) (IP/14/458), the European Commission will, this afternoon, set out the breakdown of the fund by priority and Member State.