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Productive investments in POPAM 2014-2020 aquaculture

How can fish production be financed?

Here are the factsheet of measure II.2 - Productive Investments in Aquaculture POPAM 2014-2020

General information on the funding session

  • Estimated release period: June - August 2017
  • Duration of call for submission of financing request: 60 days from launch
  • Call type: competitive, with deadline for submission

Intensity of financial aid

  • 50% of the eligible project value for:
    • SMEs, NGOs with an economic activity in the field of aquaculture (registered activity - NACE Code 0321 - "Marine aquaculture" or 0322 - "Aquaculture in fresh water");
  • 30% for large businesses
  • the co-financing of the beneficiary can be provided through a contribution in kind
  • The contribution in kind must meet the following conditions:
    • To be the property of the applicant;
    • Keep in close contact with the project (eg basins, dams, specific equipment, land, accommodation, etc);
    • It has not been funded by European funds.

Who can benefit from non-reimbursable financial support?

  • Businesses and NGOs with an economic activity in the field of aquaculture, including start-ups.

What activities are funded under this measure?

a) productive investments in aquaculture;

b) investing in diversification of aquaculture production and crop species;

c) investing in modernizing aquaculture units, including improving the working and safety conditions of aquaculture workers;

(d) investment in improvement and modernization of animal health and welfare, including the purchase of equipment to protect farms against predators;

e) investments aimed at increasing the quality or value of aquaculture products;

f) investment in the recovery of existing ponds or lagoons used for aquaculture by removing sludge or investment to prevent mud deposition;

g) investing in diversification of income from aquaculture enterprises through the development of complementary activities;

The support provided for in point (g) shall be granted only to aquaculture enterprises, provided that the complementary activities are linked to aquaculture, namely:

  • processing, provided that the raw material originates from its own production (at least 50%);
  • direct sale - sales center (fish shop) directly to end consumers;
  • catering activities;
  • accommodation activities (hotels excluded);
  • fishing tourism, leisure fishing tourism, water bird watching tourism, educational tourism on the protection of the aquatic environment;
  • operations that include reducing the impact of aquaculture on the environment;
  • educational activities related to aquaculture.

Accomodation - details:

  • Within the perimeter, a single bungalow or a single guesthouse / tourist villa / reception structure with accommodation functions on floating pontoons, sea and river ships with a capacity of maximum 10 rooms (20 seats) is allowed.

Important! For projects that foresee diversification of activity by making investments on:

  • catering activities;
  • accommodation;
  • fishing tourism, leisure fishing tourism, water bird watching tourism, educational tourism on the protection of the aquatic environment;
  • environmental services related to aquaculture;
  • educational activities related to aquaculture.

The total eligible costs (for the above activities: accommodation, restaurant, etc.) may not exceed 400,000 Euro.

The list of eligible complementary activities above is indicative. Activities other than the above may be considered eligible if the applicant justifies the need to run them for optimal implementation, respecting the objectives of the measure launched by this guide, provided they the list of ineligible expenses.

The measure is mandatory:

  • information and publicity activities;
  • project auditing activity.

What is the maximum value of the project and what period?

  • The maximum ceiling for the non-reimbursable value of a project is EUR 2,000,000 according to the EUR / RON exchange rate displayed by INFOREURO at the launch date of the call.
  • The duration of a project implementation is maximum 2 (two) years.

General eligibility criteria (mandatory conditions to be met)

  • Applicants must have as object of activity registered - CAEN code 0321 - "Marine aquaculture" or 0322 - "Aquaculture in fresh waters";

(Businesses with both operating history and newly established businesses are eligible)

Applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • It is not in the process of liquidation, merger, reorganization, bankruptcy;
  • It is not registered with the MADR AM POP debtors, for the POP 2007-2013, until the full payment of the debt to MADR AM POP, including the accessories;
  • It is not in litigation with MADR-AM-POP, pending the final judgment of the court in the litigation brought to the court;
  • It does not record a negative balance (negative capital) in the previous financial year - if the organization had activity; Applicants who:
    • are established in the year of submission of the application for funding;
    • those established in the year preceding the submission of the application for funding;
    • those who have been suspended according to the law (see the list of documents in the application file).
  • Not to have committed fraud in the period prior to filing the request for financial assistance under the Convention on the Protection of the European Communities' Financial Interests;
  • Equity at 31 December 2016 is positive.

Eligible expenditure

Expenditure incurred for:

1. Obtaining and arranging land;
2. Ensuring the necessary utilities;
3. Design and technical assistance;
4. Basic investment, including construction acquisition costs;
5. Other expenses;
6. Expenditure on technological samples and tests;
7. Expenses with amortization;
8. Leasing costs;
9. Expenses with the implementation team;
10. Expenditure on fees;
11. Banking opening and administration costs and expenses related to guarantees issued by a banking or non-banking institution;
12. MYSMIS Digital Signature Purchasing Expenses;
13. Contribution in nature;
14. Expenditure for the construction of new aquaculture farms;
15. Expenditure for the modernization and rehabilitation of aquaculture units through investments for the restoration of the dykes, the rehabilitation and / or improvement of the water supply and / or evacuation circuit of the technological water, the canals and the fishing infrastructure, the pumping equipment, the construction and the modernization of the breeding stations;
16. Expenses for the purchase of mud removal equipment or to prevent sludge deposition;
17. Expenses with the purchase of fishing gear;
18. Expenditure on the purchase of craft for the feeding, harvesting and transport of fish;
19. Expenses for the purchase of equipment and installations for the production of fodder;
20. Expenses for making investments specific to the fish processing activity, provided that at least 50% of the raw material comes from its own production;
21. Expenses for building and arranging a sales outlet (fish shop) directly to end consumers;
22. Expenses for the construction / arrangement of fish and fish by-products storage capacities, through new investments or adaptation / modernization of existing buildings;
23. Expenses for the construction of roads and technological platforms within aquaculture farms;
24. Expenses for the construction and / or upgrading of forage storage facilities;
25. Expenditure on the purchase of equipment in order to protect farms against wild prey;
26. Costs of storing and pontoon for recreational-sports fishing;
27. Expenses with the purchase of recreational craft;
28. Expenditure on investments necessary for recreational-sport fishing on boats;
29. Expenditure for a fish restaurant within the city or commune where the aquaculture unit is located:
a) Expenses for new investments;
b) Expenditure for adaptation / modernization of existing buildings;
c) Expenditure on the purchase of restaurant endowments.
30. Expenditure for accommodation of farm accommodation in connection with recreational-sports fishing:
a) Expenses for new investments;
b) Expenditure for adaptation / modernization of existing buildings;
c) Expenditure on the purchase of accommodation facilities.
31. Expenditure for the development of tourist orientation and promotion marks for recreational-sport fishing;
32. Expenditure on setting up spaces for educational activities;
33. Expenditure required to carry out educational activities relating to fisheries;
34. Expenditure needed to make thematic camps for children in fishing areas;
35. Expenses for the construction of observatories for the study of aquatic birds;
36. Expenses with the purchase of means of transport, category N - motor vehicles designed and built mainly for the transport of goods, to be used for the aquaculture unit;
37. Expenses for the acquisition of new technologies and know-how;
38. Expenditure for the purchase of machinery, equipment (including agricultural machinery) and equipment used for the maintenance of basins, dams, dams, canals within the aquaculture farm;
39. Expenditure on the purchase of machinery and equipment for maintaining and monitoring under optimal conditions the aquatic biomedicine;
40. Expenditure on the purchase of equipment and installations for the collection and management of waste in aquaculture units;
41. Expenditure on acquisition of software and monitoring systems;
42. Expenditure on investment insurance premiums for the implementation period of the project;
43. Expenditure on investments in the production and use of energy from renewable sources (solar, wind, biomass, heat produced by heat pumps, geothermal) on the farm as a secondary component within an investment project and the energy obtained will be intended exclusively for own consumption, no more than 10% of the total eligible costs of the project;

44. Expenditure for improving the working and safety conditions of aquaculture workers;
45. Expenditure on efficiency of resource use, reduction of water and chemical use, recirculation of water minimization systems, up to a maximum of 40% of the total eligible value of the project.

At the same time, expenditure incurred for:

  • Expenditure on project auditing;
  • Expenses with information and publicity;

Important! For the project, the beneficiary can co-finance the investment in several ways: in-kind contribution, cash contribution made by the beneficiary, financing sources (bank credit) or combinations thereof.

For more information contact a consultant in Bucharest (0318241590) or in Galati (0336100008).


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