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Factsheet for measure FI-2020-21/1668 – measures in Finland

Direct subsidy for fisheries negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis

Kalatalouden korona-tuki

Country Finland , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 18 May 2020 – 30 June 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Amanda Kinnunen (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 07 January 2021 (updated 18 January 2021)

Background information

In order to support these enterprises, a temporary subsidy for fisheries was created.

The legal basis for this subsidy is the Government Decree 369/2020 on aid granted to enterprises in the fisheries sector in response to deteriorating economic conditions (in Finnish Valtioneuvoston asetus kalatalousalan yrityksille taloudellisen tilanteen heikentymisen perusteella myönnettävästä avustuksesta).

This decree was amended in October 2020.

Content of measure

This grant is available for commercial fishermen and enterprises engaged in fish farming, processing and retail or wholesale of fish in the entire country. Enterprises that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible. In addition, the applicant must have had profitable conditions for their business prior to the crisis.

The period the grant covers is a maximum of six months, and it can be applied retroactively as of 19 March 2020. The amount granted is between €2,000 and €120,000.

The grant can be used to cover for essential costs such as wages, rent or costs related to the use of external services and experts.

The KEHA Center is responsible for paying out the grants. There are separate schemes for primary production and rural enterprises.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers 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 Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


No information available.

Views and reactions

No information available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing A3 Fishing and aquaculture

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 05 October 2020: Changes to the temporary corona aid for fisheries - the application opens on 14.10.2020 (
  • 14 October 2020: Temporary support for fisheries (Kalatalouden väliaikainen tuki) (


Eurofound (2021), Direct subsidy for fisheries negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis, measure FI-2020-21/1668 (measures in Finland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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