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IP/06/1310

Brussels, 4 October 2006

Commission decides allocation of EU aid under the European Fisheries Fund

The European Commission has today adopted a decision fixing an annual indicative allocation, per Member State, of the funds made available under the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) for the period from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2013. From the beginning of next year, the EFF will replace the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) as the EU's core instrument for financial support to the fisheries sector and fishing communities. It will run for seven years with a budget of €3.849 billion.

Part of this budget (around €272 million) has been set aside for Bulgaria and Romania when they accede to the European Union, on 1 January 2007. Funds are also allocated specifically for the technical assistance provided by the Commission for the implementation of the EFF (around €30 million). In line with the provisions of the Regulation creating the EFF, adopted by Council on 27 July 2006 (see IP/06/793), the Commission has made an annual indicative breakdown by Member State for the remainder of the budget, i.e. around €3.545 billion, identifying each time the amount available for the 'convergence regions'.

One of the guiding principles of the EFF is to focus EU funding on the less developed areas of the Union, known as the 'convergence regions'. In line with this principle, around € 2.6 billion have been allocated under the EFF to the convergence regions on an indicative basis. The table below sets out the allocation of funds between the Member States, with the breakdown between convergence and non-convergence regions, for the next seven years.

The total budget allocated for the FIFG for the 2000-2006 period was €3.7 billion for the 15 Member States. An additional €272 million were earmarked for the 10 new Member States for the period 1 May 2004 to 31 December 2006. Funding for the EFF is provided under the new EU financial perspectives covering the period 2007-2013.

Table in annex: Allocation of EFF aid from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2013

Allocation of EFF aid from 1 January 2007 to 31 december 2013

Member State
Convergence*

Non-convergence*
Total*


Austria
167.228
4.500.253
4.667.481
Belgium

23.301.312
23.301.312
Cyprus

17.500.989
17.500.989
Czech Republic
24.003.691

24.003.691
Denmark

118.606.682
118.606.682
Estonia
74.632.182

74.632.182
Finland

35.001.972
35.001.972
France
30.389.485
161.309.090
191.698.575
Germany
86.073.715
52.352.951
138.426.666
Greece
157.293.830
27.501.551
184.795.381
Hungary
30.399.339
496.000
30.895.339
Ireland

37.502.115
37.502.115
Italy
282.489.352
94.105.302
376.594.654
Latvia
110.369.814

110.369.814
Lithuania
48.418.135

48.418.135
Malta
7.435.476

7.435.476
Netherlands

43.102.430
43.102.430
Poland
651.791.012

651.791.012
Portugal
198.766.492
20.001.128
218.767.620
Slovakia
11.242.552
892.801
12.135.353
Slovenia
19.330.990

19.330.990
Spain
840.215.806
165.209.310
1.005.425.116
Sweden

48.502.732
48.502.732
United Kingdom
38.335.019
84.004.734
122.339.753
Total
2.611.354.118
933.891.352
3.545.245.470

* Amounts in EUR, 2004 prices


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