EMFAF Programme and national strategy 2021-2027

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The EMFAF Programme 2021-2027 has been developed since the end of 1919 under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management and with the support of experts as well as in close cooperation with the competent agencies of the Federal Government and the Federal Provinces.as well as the representations of the respective branches of industry.

The partnership was involved on a broad basis in working out the programme contents. Within the framework of the involvement of stakeholders or of the technical public in the development process, the opportunity to contribute statements to the draft of the EMFAF Programme was offered from the end of November to the end of December 2020. There have been several statements, but the authors have not agreed to a publication.

The framework for the contents of the future EMFAF Programme 2021-2027 is laid down in the EMFAF Ordinance. The programme is oriented according to the relevant strategies at European as well as at national levels and is based on a comprehensive analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as of the requirements concluded there from. It aims in particular at safeguarding future-proof Austrian aquaculture and fisheries industries and their sustainable further development.

In the first half of the year 2021 the draft programme was revised, taking into consideration the feedback received. At the same time adaptations were made with respect to the legal bases of the EU, which have been finalised in the meantime. It is planned to officially submit the programme to the European Commission in summer 2021. From the present point of view the approval by the European Union can be expected in autumn, at the earliest