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Measure 3.1.22 - "Added value, quality of products  and use of unwanted catches ",  of the Fisheries & Maritime Operational Program 2014-2020

Information program Measure 3.1.22 

of EPALTH  2014 - 2020


Program Description


Measure 3.1.22 - "Added value, product quality and use of unwanted catches"


UNION PRIORITY: Promoting environmentally sustainable, resource-efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based fisheries


THEMATIC OBJECTIVE: Improving the Competitiveness of SMEs in the fisheries and aquaculture sector


SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE: To increase the competitiveness and viability of fishing enterprises, including small-scale coastal fleets, and to improve safety or working conditions.

Measure 3.1.22 concerns investments exclusively in the Fisheries sector, including the Inland Fisheries sector.

Subjective acts

Scope of Measure 3.1.22 - "Added value, product quality and use of unwanted catches", for investments on board or in individual equipment, provided that they do not increase fishing capacity . of the vessel and relate to the following types of Transactions:

. Investments that add value to products.
▪ Investments on board to improve the quality of fishery products.


The aim of the Supported Acts, with the support of investments on fishing vessels, is to expand the activities of fishermen on board and the integrated management of their catches, with their processing, marketing and direct sale, as well as the improvement of the quality. of fishery products.

Beneficiaries - Terms and conditions of participation

Beneficiaries of the financial aid of Measure 3.1.22 - Added value, quality of products and use of unwanted catches, are Natural or Legal persons, fishermen or owners of fishing vessels, who professionally fish on an active fishing vessel, (professional fishing license in force), including inland fishing.
Specifically for the type of Act - "Investments on board to improve the quality of fishery products", beneficiaries of financial aid are natural or legal persons, fishermen or fishing vessel owners, who are professionally engaged in fishing on an active fishing vessel (professional fishing license in force), including inland fishing vessels and vessels engaged in fishing for at least 60 days during the two (2) calendar years preceding the date of submission of the financing application.


The certification of work at sea is carried out based on the examination of:
▪ data of the satellite vessel monitoring system (VMS).
▪ details of the vessel logbook, fishery logbook, maritime logistics, and any other information deemed sufficient to establish the fishing activity of the vessel, such as invoices for the purchase or sale of catches, tax clearance notes, tax and supply data .

They are not taken into account and are not considered sufficient documents and supporting documents for the certification of the active fishing activity of the vessel such as: the responsible declarations of the shipowners, the affidavits of witnesses, the certificates of fishing associations and cooperatives.

The boats for which the owners will be assisted, must be registered in the Greek Registers / Lembologies or in the Lembologies of the locally competent Fishery Services (in case of inland water vessels) and registered in the National and Community Fisheries Register (EAM - KAM), except of inland waterway vessels.
They must meet all the requirements of Community and National legislation governing commercial fishing vessels and not have a time commitment from prior funding of the same work at the time of application.

2. In particular, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) enjoy priority, as well as increased funding rates, over other enterprises.

3. Operations implemented in the "Remote Greek Islands", receive an increase in the intensity of public aid by 35 percentage points. The place of implementation of the Act is taken into account, the place of permanent residence for natural persons and the registered office of the company for legal persons.

4. Operations relating to small-scale coastal fisheries, with fishing vessels of up to 12 meters in length not using towed gear, shall receive an increase in the intensity of public aid by 30 percentage points.

5. The aid is provided to Beneficiaries:
▪ α. whose solvency and economic viability can be demonstrated,
▪ β. proving their own participation,
▪ γ. who have not applied for membership for funding from a National or Community Program, for all or part of the proposed operation,
▪ d. Which comply with the conditions referred to in paragraph 1 (a) to (d) of Article 10 of Regulation (EU) 508/2014 and are accompanied by the signed declaration of the applicant entrepreneur, in accordance with paragraph 5 of the same article , (Model 6A Responsible Declaration).
▪ e. Whose vessels have been engaged in fishing activity for at least 60 days during the two (2) calendar years preceding the date of submission of the application for financing, in the case of the type of Act - "Investments on board to improve quality of fishery products "


General rules of eligibility of transactions

1. The Transactions are eligible for funding from the EMFF provided that:
i. They are not affiliated with or funded by any other Community or national program.
ii. The proposed investments go beyond the requirements of national or EU law.
iii. They rely on the use of selective gear to limit the fishing of unwanted species and the vessels have been fishing for at least 60 days during the two (2) calendar years preceding the date of application for funding, in the case of the type of Act - « On-board investments to improve the quality of fishery products ".


2. The Operations are not eligible for funding from the EMFF:
i. When they have been physically completed or fully implemented, before the beneficiary submits the funding application to the managing authority, regardless of whether all relevant payments have been made by the beneficiary. The maximum implementation rate of the financial object of the Operation before the submission of the funding application, in order for it to be eligible, is 80%. The percentage limit will be observed both against the budget proposed by the beneficiary, and against the budget eligible for financing (initial or after modification of the investment plan), as well as against the final eligible budget to be paid. In case of exceeding the above percentage limit, during the phase of evaluation, modification or payment of the Transaction, the eligible costs will be cut accordingly.
ii. When the proposed investments increase the fishing capacity of the vessel.
iii. When the proposed equipment increases the vessel's ability to detect catches.


Eligible and ineligible costs

1. The following expenditure shall be considered eligible for the implementation of the acts of this Decision:

i. Costs for the construction of new storage or refrigeration facilities.
ii. Expenses for the purchase and installation of new modern machinery and equipment.
iii. Costs for the purchase of laboratory equipment.
iv. Costs for the installation and implementation of Quality Assurance Systems.
v. Expenses for studies and consultants' fees.
vi. Costs for the supply of software as well as software upgrades.
vii. Expenditure on treatment of fishery residues and discarded fishery products.
viii. Expenditure on waste disposal facilities.
ix. Development of direct marketing areas for the sale and information of the consumer as well as for the encouragement of the consumption of related products.


In particular, the following costs are considered eligible:
i. Work for the construction, expansion and modernization of cold storage facilities for fishery products as well as the purchase, transport and installation of their equipment.
ii. Studies and consultants' fees.
iii. Purchases, which are related to the supply and installation of the required new equipment and means for the operation of the investment (production, electromechanical equipment, laboratory equipment, etc.).
iv. Upgrading and upgrading with modern equipment of existing equipment.
v. Construction and equipment for the processing, processing and marketing of fishery residues and discarded fishery products.
vi. The cost of maintenance / repair of equipment owned by the beneficiary and used in the Act, is eligible if it increases the value of the fixed asset in accordance with national law and the cost of depreciation of the fixed asset is not an eligible expense under the transaction.
vii. Spare parts supply costs are eligible if they are attached to the main components of the equipment supplied, ie they are an integral part of their smooth operation in accordance with the terms of supply of equipment offered by the supplier and do not exceed 10% of the acquisition cost. of the equipment under supply.
viii. Own production of fixed assets carried out by the beneficiary is eligible as long as the provisions of the applicable tax legislation are observed. Eligible costs are defined as the actual costs incurred by the beneficiary. In case the accounting of expenses is lower than the actual expenses, the eligible expenses are defined as the expenses determined based on their accounting.
ix. Rental expenses for the use of fixed assets necessary for the implementation of the Transaction, are eligible provided that the total cost for the use of the fixed assets throughout the Transaction justifies their non-acquisition in another way and without prejudice to other eligibility rules.
x. Implementation of innovative processes, development of new products and packaging methods and utilization of traditional recipes.
xi. Material investments and studies of implementation and certification of quality management systems, environmental management, implementation of self-control system, as well as study of marking and certification of products.

It is possible, at a rate of 10% of the total eligible costs of the other discrete items of the transaction, to cover technical costs and unforeseen expenses.
The term technical costs means the costs for fees for the preparation of the file and the monitoring of the implementation of the operation, supervision studies, studies of mechanical equipment, elaboration of shipbuilding plans and reports, etc.
The term contingent expenses means the eligible costs for works or equipment, etc., which are not included in the initially approved application but arise during the execution of the Transaction and are deemed extremely necessary for the completion of its implementation.
Cost overruns, as well as consultants' fees for the preparation of the file and the monitoring of the implementation of the operation are not considered unforeseen expenses.
The starting date of the eligibility of the expenditures of Measure 3.1.22 is set at 23-10-2015 (date of approval of EPALTH 2014-2020).


2. Expenditure relating to:

(i) Costs not described in detail in the relevant section of the feasibility study,
(ii) Purchase or installation of used materials, machinery and equipment.
(iii) Value Added Tax (VAT) for any category of expenditure.
(iv) Other taxes, fees or charges.
(v) Financial expenses (debit interest, financial commissions, foreign exchange expenses, exchange differences).
(vi) Expenses for setting up a company, or other legal entity, notarial expenses, travel expenses, etc.
(vii) Fines, financial penalties and legal costs.
(viii) Purchase or installation of leisure equipment.
(ix) Operating expenses.
(x) Staff remuneration, including social security contributions.
(xi) Work carried out by the beneficiary himself.
(xii) Costs of transfer of ownership of the vessel
(xiii) Works whose supporting documents do not allow verification of expenditure

Operations Budget - Implementation Duration :

The budget of the submitted investment proposals must be over € 2,000 .


The submitted investment proposals may include expenditures belonging to both Measures of the Decision in a single budget, within the above limit.


The maximum duration of completion of the Transactions is set at eighteen (18) months , with the starting date being the date of the decision to join the transaction.


It is possible to extend six (6) months , beyond the above deadline, in cases that are fully justified.

Financing scheme - Areas of application :

Measure 3.1.22 - "Added value, quality of products and use of unwanted catches" of EPALTH 2014-2020, is applied throughout Greece, but with different intensity of aid according to:

- the size of the business,
- if the Acts are implemented in the "Remote Greek Islands",
- whether the Acts are related to small-scale coastal fishing


The "Remote Greek Islands" include:
▪ the islands of the North Aegean Region,
▪ the islands of the South Aegean Region,
▪ Samothrace (Prefecture of Evros),
▪ Thassos (Prefecture of Kavala),
▪ the Northern Sporades (Prefecture of Magnesia),
Σ Skyros and Skyropoula (Prefecture of Evia),
Κύ Kythira and Antikythira (Piraeus and Islands),
▪ Gavdos, Gavdopoula, Paximadia, Chrysi, Koufonisi, Paximada, Dragonada, Dionysades, Zeus, Elassa (Region of Crete),
▪ the Othonians, Ereikousa, Marthakion, Paxos, Antipaxos (Corfu Prefecture),
▪ the Strofades (Prefecture of Zakynthos),
Πι Sapienza, Schiza (Messinia Prefecture),
▪ the Echinades (Prefecture of Kefallinia & Ithaca)

3. For Transactions that will be included for financing under this decision, the percentages of Public Expenditure and Private Participation are as follows:

Application Period :

The submission of support applications takes place during the period from 10/10/2017 to 28/02/2018 .

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