The Mar 2020 operational program has already paid more than 5 million euros in compensation, namely for the temporary cessation of fishing activities, in view of the covid-19 pandemic, was announced yesterday.
“5.17 million euros have already been paid to the final beneficiaries”, reads a note published on the program's website.
These requests for support started in May and ended last Tuesday with 901 applications from the Mainland and the Azores.
The decision-making process is ongoing, but 522 applications have already been approved, “involving more than 1,500 crew members”, with public support of 6.2 million euros.
The periods, during the vessel's stopping period, are equivalent to the national minimum wage for fishermen and, in the case of shipowners, correspond to 80% of the income from fishing activity in the previous calendar year.
The Mar 2020 operational program, which is part of Portugal 2020, aims to implement support measures under the European Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), with the promotion of competitiveness and economic sustainability as one of its priorities, social and environmental impact, as well as increasing territorial cohesion.
This program has a global allocation of 508 million euros, of which 116 million euros correspond to the national public contribution, which comes from the State Budget.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 1,765,049 deaths resulting from more than 80.6 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 6,619 people died from 394,573 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.