EMFF Operational Programme

The EMFF is the European Maritime Policy, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund for the period 2014-2020. It is one of five European structural and investment funds (EIS funds) that complement each other and aim at promoting a recovery based on growth and employment in Europe. The norms and rules for using the EMFF are set out in Regulation (EU) No 508/2014.

The EMFF contributes in achieving the objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth established by the European Commission in the Europe 2020 Strategy and is part of the guidelines set forth by the Common Fisheries Policy and Blue Growth.

The EMFF is structured around four pillars:

  •  Intelligent and environmentally friendly fishing, which facilitates the transition to sustainable fishing
  • Smart and environmentally friendly aquaculture, so that EU consumers have access to healthy and nutritious food
  • Sustainable and inclusive development of fisheries-dependent communities
  • Cross-sectoral maritime policies that generate savings and growth

To implement the objectives of the EMFF, Italy has drawn up an Operational Plan as a tool for planning activities. As established by the European Code of Conduct on Partnership, the Directorate General for Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (MIPAAF), as the responsible Administration, held a consultation involving the institutional partners and the relevant economic and social partners in order to improve the effectiveness of the planned interventions. At the end of the consultation procedure, the Operational Programme was approved by the European Commission with Implementing Decision n.C(2015) 8452 of November 25, 2015.

In line with the EMFF Operational Programme developed by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (MIPAAF), Assaggi promotes intelligent and environmentally friendly fishing to facilitate the transition to sustainable fishing, expand the access to healthy and nutritious food and to expedite a sustainable and inclusive development of the fisheries-dependent communities, especially the ones along the shores of Lake Bolsena.

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