Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (1036)

Marian Harkin


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.