The European Fisheries Fund 2007-2013

The European Fisheries Fund (hereinafter: EFF) provides funding to the fishing industry and coastal communities to help them adapt to changing conditions in the sector and become economically resilient and ecologically sustainable. The EFF had a budget of EUR 4.3 billion for 2007-2013. Funding is available for all sectors of the fisheries industry – sea and inland fishing, aquaculture (the farming of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants), and processing and marketing of fisheries products. Particular attention is given to fishing communities most affected by recent changes in the industry.

Projects are funded on the basis of strategic plans and operational programmes drawn up by national authorities. There are five priority areas (axes) for EFF funding:

  • adjustment of the fleet (e.g. to support scrapping of fishing vessels);
  • aquaculture, processing and marketing, and inland fishing (e.g. to support the shift to more environmentally friendly production methods);
  • measures of common interest (e.g. to improve product traceability or labelling);
  • sustainable development of fisheries areas (e.g. to support diversification of the local economy);
  • technical assistance to finance the administration of the Fund.

Operational Programme for Development of Fisheries in the Republic of Slovenia 2007-2013