Seafood Scotland Scheme

Seafood Scotland

The purpose of this scheme is to allow the Scottish Government to provide financial support to Seafood Scotland to aid its functions as an Inter-branch Organisation.

Criteria for support

Any grant to Seafood Scotland (a not for profit/not for private benefit organisation) from Scottish Government will provide financial support for Seafood Scotland to aid its functions as an Inter-branch Organisation under Article 13 of Council Regulation (EC) 104/2000 and undertake measures of common interest that will benefit the seafood sector. Any grant will respect the aid intensities allowed by articles 17, 19 and 20 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 736/2008 state aid to small and medium sized enterprises active in the production, processing and marketing of fisheries products.

Specifically:

  • To undertake collective actions with the active support of operators or organisations acting on behalf of the seafood sector.
  • To enhance quality, environmental performance and grow the value of seafood.
  • To develop new markets for fisheries and aquaculture.
  • To undertake generic promotion of seafood to enhance understanding and appreciation of seafood.

Guidance

  • The rate of grant and the upper limit on expenditure to Seafood Scotland will be dependent on status of the beneficiaries of the projects delivered by the organisation. Projects benefitting small and medium sized enterprises active in the production, processing and marketing of fisheries products will be decided in accordance with the aid intensities allowed by the state aid regulations.
  • The principle of 'additionality' will apply in all cases. This means the grant will only be paid if it is clearly shown that an activity would not take place without the award of financial assistance.
  • Projects require the prior approval of the Scottish Government before any expenditure is incurred.

State Aid

In order to comply with EU rules on State Aid the measures supported in this scheme respect the conditions and aid intensities of articles 17,19 and 20 allowed by the Commission Regulation 736/2008 for state aid to small and medium sized enterprises active in the production, processing and marketing of fisheries products.

Eligibility for Assistance and State Aid rules

In order to comply with rules on state aid to the fisheries sector Seafood Scotland will operate the scheme respecting the conditions and aid intensities allowed by Commission Regulation (EC) No 736/2008 on the application of articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty to State Aid to small and medium-sized enterprises active in the production, processing and marketing of fisheries products, OJ L 201, 30.7.2008, p16.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 736/2008 on the application of articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty to State Aid to small and medium-sized enterprises active in the production, processing and marketing of fisheries products also requires that any beneficiary receiving aid will comply with Articles 1 (2)(e) 3 (2) and Article 3 (5) " Conditions for exemption" which exclude the payment of individual aid in favour of undertakings subject to an outstanding recovery order (following a previous Commission decision declaring an aid illegal and incompatible with the common market), and requiring the beneficiaries of the aid shall comply with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy and that, the grant will be reimbursed in proportion to the gravity of the infringement should there be any non-compliance of this regulation.

SME Definition

Small and Medium-sized enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million ( see annex 1 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 800/2008 of 6 August 2008 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the common market in application 87 and 88 of the treaty, OJ L 214, 9.8.2008, p 3).