Commission adopts €6.7 million program for Austria

Following the adoption of the 2021-2027 Partnership Agreement with Austria, the Commission has adopted the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFFA) program for Austria, to to implement the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the EU political priorities set out in the Green Deal. The total financial allocation for the Austrian program 2021-2027 is €15 million over the next six years, of which the EU contribution amounts to €6.7 million. The Fund will help Austria to promote sustainable inland fisheries, aquaculture and processing activities, conservation of aquatic resources and food security through the supply of fishery products.

Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius said:

The European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund supports innovative projects contributing to the sustainable management of aquatic resources, also in landlocked Member States, such as Austria. Through this program, Austria will continue its excellent record of building a resilient, sustainable and low-carbon inland fisheries, aquaculture and processing sector, supporting the European goal of decarbonisation. of our economy.

FEMAF supports a competitive and innovative aquaculture sector

The program builds on the context of Austrian inland waters and will enable Austria to build a resilient, sustainable and low-carbon inland fisheries and aquaculture sector, in line with the strategic directions of the EU for a more sustainable and competitive European aquaculture for the period 2021 to 2030, as well as to accelerate the digital transition of the sector.

The program will also contribute to strengthening the aquaculture and processing sectors in Austria, supporting the decarbonisation of the sector, increasing the profitability and sustainability of the entire marketing chain, while also contributing to compliance obligations. application aimed at guaranteeing better traceability of fishery products.

Main results expected for 2021-2027

About 5 innovation projects are to be carried out for the FAMPEA implementation period, enabling the transfer of knowledge, innovation and technology to the aquaculture and processing sectors.

64% of the Feampa allocation will be devoted to promoting innovative investments and reducing the impacts of climate change while promoting environmental protection and biodiversity conservation, thus contributing to the climate objectives of the EU.

Thanks to the fund, the sustainable production of the aquaculture sector is expected to increase by around 800 tonnes/year. 33 operations are planned in the area of ​​promoting the marketing, quality and added value of fishery and aquaculture products, as well as the processing of these products.

The planned interventions of Feampa should enable approximately 54 entities in the aquaculture or processing sectors to improve the efficiency of their resources.

Communication campaigns will continue to raise awareness of sustainable, regional or organic fisheries and aquaculture products, which will ultimately help boost sales of these products.

In the area of ​​data collection, the main objective of the program is to improve data collection and management and to carry out studies on fish stocks in lakes and data collection on organic aquaculture ( including socio-economic and environmental data).

The improvement of the quality of the traceability of aquaculture products will be ensured via protected indications of origin and the associated monitoring and control systems, molecular biology analysis techniques and the development of computer systems for management and exchange of data between actors and public authorities.

Background

The Feampa runs from 2021 to 2027 and supports the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the EU maritime policy and the EU agenda for international ocean governance. The fund contributes to the achievement of sustainable fishing and the conservation of living marine resources.

Article 8 of the Feampa Regulation (EU) 2021/1139 requires Member States to draw up a national program for the implementation of Feampa. This operational program focuses on EU priorities, defining the strategy and investment priorities, including the indicative annual financial allocation for each priority. The program is subject to the approval of the European Commission.

More information

Feampa programs 2021 – 2027

AT program (EMFAF) – summary

Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)

Regulation (EU) 2021/1060 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 June 2021 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, the Just Transition Fund and the European Fund for maritime affairs and fisheries and aquaculture and the financial rules for these and for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the instrument for financial support for border management and visa policy

Aquaculture guidelines

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