EASME supports the European Commission and notably its Directorate-General for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs (DG MARE) in developing and implementing two main policy areas, namely the Integrated Maritime policy (IMP) and the Common Fisheries policy (CFP).
These EU policies are supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The EMFF is one of the five European Structural and Investment Funds which complement each other to deliver more jobs and growth in the EU. It has an overall budget of €6400 million for the period 2014-2020.
The European Commission has delegated to EASME the implementation of part of the EMFF actions under direct management, representing a budget of €340 million for the programme period.
EASME manages funding dedicated to the development and implementation of:
The majority of the EMFF actions delegated to the EASME are targeted at supporting policy development by the European Commission and implemented by way of procurement (purchase of services) and grants (contribution to specific actions). Concretely, EASME launches and manages open calls for proposals and calls for tender, as well as ad hoc grants and service requests under framework contracts for studies, cooperation projects, purchase and maintenance of marine observation systems, development of IT systems for cross-sectoral data exchanges, best practice sharing and awareness-raising campaigns, etc.
General information on the EMFF actions delegated to the EASME can be found in the yearly EMFF work programme, published by the European Commission.