The EU provides funding for the fishing industry and coastal communities through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
For more information on how EMFF funding is managed in your country, contact your national fisheries authorities.
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.
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 tender 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.
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European maritime security has significantly improved over the last years on several dimensions including international or regional cooperation, information sharing, capability development, risk management and training. This is the conclusion of a new report about the implementation of the European Union maritime security strategy action plan, developed by the European Commission together with the European Defence Agency and the European External Action Service.
Today the Commission has proposed total allowable catches (TAC), based on scientific advice, on three deep-sea stocks for 2021 and 2022 to allow limited fisheries.
In the EU, 20% of fishing gear is lost at sea. Abandoned, lost or disposed of, it accounts for about a third of marine litter found in European seas, or over 11.000 tons per year.