European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

The EMFF is the fund for the EU's maritime and fisheries policies for 2014-2020.

It is one of the five European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds which complement each other and seek to promote a growth and job based recovery in Europe.

The fund

  • helps fishermen in the transition to sustainable fishing
  • supports coastal communities in diversifying their economies
  • finances projects that create new jobs and improve quality of life along European coasts
  • makes it easier for applicants to access financing.

Financial allocation per member state

How it works

The Fund is used to co-finance projects, along with national funding.

  • Each country is allocated a share of the total Fund budget, based on the size of its fishing industry.
  • Each country then draws up an operational programme, saying how it intends to spend the money.
  • Once the Commission approves this programme, it is up to the national authorities to decide which projects will be funded.
  • The national authorities and the Commission are jointly responsible for the implementation of the programme.

How to access EMFF funding

To see if your project is eligible for EMFF support:

  • First check with the national authority in charge of managing the operational programme in your country.
  • Then follow the relevant application procedures so that the managing authority can check the eligibility of your project and whether it meets the relevant selection criteria and investment priorities.

The EMFF supports small-scale coastal fishermen

EU countries may provide support, under preferential conditions, to their small-scale fishermen, for example to:

  • invest in first own fishing boat, new engines, new gear, or on-board equipment
  • invest in health, safety, training and human resources
  • invest in fisheries conservation and stock rebuilding
  • benefit from collective projects, advisory services, innovations, etc

Support from the EMFF - opportunities for small-scale coastal fishermen

The leaflet lists these options and the relevant preferential conditions.

Contact the EMFF managing authority in your home country to find out which of these options are available to you

The Common Provisions Regulation

In December 2013, to maximize the effectiveness of European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds (which include the financial instruments for cohesion policy, rural development and fisheries), the Council adopted the Common Provisions Regulation ((EU) No 1303/2013). This regulation sets out a common set of rules for all ESI funds. This includes provisions concerning conditionality, performance review, arrangements for monitoring, reporting, evaluation and eligibility rules.

More information

The European Maritime And Fisheries Fund 2014-2020

Legal texts

Basic regulation

  • REGULATION (EU) No 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

Commission implementing acts (decisions and regulations) deriving from the EMFF

Commission implementing decisions

  • 2014/372/EU: Commission Implementing Decision setting out the annual breakdown by Member State of the global resources of the EMFF available in the framework of shared management
  • 2014/464/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 15 July 2014 identifying the priorities of the Union for enforcement and control policy in the framework of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

Commission implementing regulations

Commission implementing acts deriving from the CPR

Delegated acts


Delegated acts from the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) that affect the EMFF