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Evaluation of the Fisheries Control Regulation

Public consultation

Policy fields


Target groups

All citizens, companies, organisations and public authorities are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Contributions are particularly sought from fishers (fishermen, fish farmers, fishery organisations/associations), retailers (individual companies and organisations/associations), consumers organisations/associations, public authorities (national and regionals), environmental NGOs, as well as researchers and scientists.

Comments from other stakeholders who have experience or knowledge of the enforcement of the EU Fisheries Control System are also welcome.

Period of consultation

From 18.12.2015 to 13.03.2016

Objective of the consultation

This public consultation is designed to support the evaluation of the Fisheries Control Regulation, for assessing its impacts on the Common Fisheries Policy five years after the entry into force.

The evaluation will address a range of different themes, including whether the objectives of the Control Regulation are being delivered, and whether the requirements of the Control Regulation are effective and suitable to achieve the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy.

This public consultation is an important part of the evaluation process to gather the views of the citizens and stakeholders on the themes addressed by the evaluation and will be complemented by targeted consultation of key stakeholders.

The Commission would like to gather views on the following themes:

  • Promotion of the level playing field
  • Development of a culture of compliance and respect of the Common Fisheries Policy rules
  • New instruments of the Commission to ensure the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy by Member States
  • Simplification and reduction of administrative burden
  • Others

Depending on the interest and background of those completing the questionnaire, not all of the questions need to be answered. However, you are encouraged to answer as many questions as possible and so support the evaluation of the Control Regulation.

How to submit your contribution

Contributions are to be submitted by replying to the online questionnaire on the EUSurvey website. The questionnaire is available in the 24 official working languages of the European Union.

Contributions received will be published on this webpage, subject to the restrictions you may have indicated at the end of Section ‘About You’ of the questionnaire related to the treatment of your contribution.

It is important to read the specific privacy statement pdf - 14 KB [14 KB] attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

The Commission asks organisations who wish to submit comments in the context of public consultations to provide the Commission and the public at large with information about whom and what they represent. If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission's stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions. (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704, and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007). 

Please note that we cannot guarantee to take account of replies received after the deadline.

In the interest of transparency, organisations (including, for example, NGOs, trade associations and commercial enterprises) are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct:

  • If your organisation is registered in the Transparency Register, please indicate your Register ID number at the beginning of your contribution. It will then be considered as representing the views of your organisation.
  • If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to - Register now. Then return to this page to submit your contribution as a Registered organisation.

Responses from organisations not registered will be published separately.

View the consultation document

Consultation document pdf - 383 KB [383 KB]

View the questionnaire

Online questionnaire (available in 24 languages)

Reference documents

Contact details

Responsible service
European Commission
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries,
Unit A1: Fisheries Control Policy


Postal address
European Commission
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Unit A1: Fisheries control policy
B-1049 Brussels

Number of responses received to this consultation

Not yet available.

View the contributions

Not yet available.

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps

The Commission services plan to make the comments accessible on this website.

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement pdf - 14 KB [14 KB]