The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) has been established for the implementation of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy for 2014–2020.
By means of its funds, it is possible to contribute to the development of the fisheries sector and the adaptation to structural changes in the sector, which in turn will help to increase the competitiveness of the Estonian fisheries and fishermen's income.
The Ministry of Rural Affairs has prepared the Estonian Fisheries Strategy (EFS) for 2014–2020 to use EMFF's budgetary resources.
In order to ensure rational use of subventions distributed under the framework of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) 2014–2020, the Ministry of Rural Affairs prepares an operational programme for the Fund.
The operational programme includes five priority objectives.
- To develop affordable, sustainable and profitable environment for fisheries, aquaculture and fish processing.
- To improve the economic viability of coastal and inland fisheries.
- To ensure optimal use of resources.
- To enhance the effectiveness of monitoring.
- To promote cooperation between research and development institutions, educational institutions and the fisheries sector.
Previous strategic documents
From 2007–2013, the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) offered financial resources for the implementation of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Several investment aids were granted to the holdings of the fisheries sector and coastal settlements under the framework of the programme.
European Maritime and Fisheries Fund is the successor to the EFF and several other sources of financing for fisheries.