Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (1036)

Marian Harkin

Question:

1036. Deputy Marian Harkin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the proportion of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund allocated to each NUTS 3 region in Ireland during the 2014-20 programme; the proposed allocation to each NUTS 3 region during the 2021-27 programme; if the European Commission's downgrading of the northern and western region has been taken into account in his Department's planning for the 2021-27 programme (details supplied). [8844/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department's €240 million European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme 2014-20 is the principal source of development funding for the fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood processors sectors and for the socio-economic development and economic diversification of coastal communities.

The Programme is implemented through a broad range of support schemes, mostly implemented through Bord Iascaigh Mhara. Funds are allocated at a scheme level and are not allocated by NUTS region.

I anticipate that the same national level approach will be proposed in the implementation of the forthcoming Seafood Development Programme 2021-2027 under the European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund.