Question for written answer E-010544/2015
to the Commission
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: EU Coastal and Marine Policy – North East England
Could the Commission please provide details of any projects that are under the umbrella of the EU Coastal and Marine Policy?
Could it also provide details of any funding under this umbrella that has been provided to projects in North East England?
Answer given by Mr Vella
on behalf of the Commission
The EU provides funding for its Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) from various EU funding instruments, such as the maritime and fisheries fund1 (EMFF), the regional development fund2 (ERDF) and the social fund3 (ESF). Spending decisions on priorities and particular projects are made at a national or subnational level through operational programmes which must be approved by the Commission. In addition, our maritime policy is implemented through programmes that are directly managed by the Commission, such as the directly managed IMP measures of the EMFF, the Horizon 2020, the research programme and the LIFE+ environmental programme. The United Kingdom (UK) may benefit from all of these additional sources of funding.
By way of example, Northumberland’s fish producers and harbours benefited from over GBP 100 000 from the European Fisheries Fund in 2011. More than GBP 46 000 of this was used for processing equipment and over GBP 57 000 for improvements to harbours in Seahouses and Amble.
Furthermore, ERDF investment of GBP 14 900 000 has helped create the National Renewable Energy Center (NAREC) in Blyth, Northumberland, including the world’s largest turbine blade facility capable of testing blades up to 100 metres in length and the world’s most advanced marine test lab. NAREC – now part of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult – is the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy hosting some of Europe’s largest transnational research and testing facilities for electrical networks, offshore wind, marine and tidal power generation technologies.
1 Regulation (EU) No 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of of 15 May 2014 on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 2328/2003, (EC) No 861/2006, (EC) No 1198/2006 and (EC) No 791/2007 and Regulation (EU) No 1255/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council
2 Regulation (EU) No 1301/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the European Regional Development Fund and on specific provisions concerning the Investment for growth and jobs goal and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006