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Factsheet for measure ES-2020-45/1432 – measures in Spain

Aid for fishermen affected by the state of alarm

Ayudas para pescadores afectados por el Estado de alarma

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 03 November 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Carlos Molina (UAB)
Measure added 13 November 2020 (updated 12 May 2021)

Background information

The Council of Ministers has approved a Royal Decree that contains the regulatory bases and the call for aid for fishermen affected by procedures for suspending contracts or reducing working hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the period between 16 December March and 15 July, 2020.

The call is endowed with a budget of three million euros from the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) and will be co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (FEMP).

Content of measure

This policy measure establishes a support mechanism to fund the extraordinary stoppages that the fishing fleet has been faced with, as a consequence of the pandemic. The recipients of this support are shipowners and fishermen. Specifically, the possibility of obtaining aid is established in the case of shipowners and fishermen who are not included in any procedure for the suspension of contracts or reduction of working hours regulated in article 47 of the revised text of the Law of the Workers' Statute, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 2/2015, of 23 October. These aids will be managed by the General Secretariat of Fisheries of this Ministry, through the General Sub-Directorate of Aquaculture, Fishing Marketing and Structural Actions. The corresponding aid to the shipowner and fishermen will be granted to the shipowner, which, in turn, must distribute it among each of the enrolled fishermen.

A total €30 million is devoted to this policy. Subsidies for companies are calculated according to the size of boats and number of employees. In the case of fishermen, €50 per day non worked are granted.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement of social partners was reported.

Views and reactions

No views have been reported.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing A3 Fishing and aquaculture
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Agricultural, forestry and fishery labourers



Eurofound (2020), Aid for fishermen affected by the state of alarm, measure ES-2020-45/1432 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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