DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is the Directorate-General responsible for the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and for the integrated maritime policy at the European Commission.
The CFP covers all fishing activities, the farming of living aquatic resources, and the processing and marketing of fisheries products, on the legal basis of Article 33 (ex 39) of the Treaty establishing the European Community. The work of the Directorate-General is varied and includes among other things: management of fisheries resources, management of the European fleet of fisheries vessels, aquaculture, data collection, control that rules are followed, fisheries agreements with non-EU countries, regional fisheries management organisations, structural funds (the European Maritime and Fisheries' Fund) and the common market organisation for fisheries products. The DG has close relations with stakeholders, notably through the Advisory Councils (ACs).
The Integrated Maritime Policy was adopted in 2007. The policy is based on the awareness of the importance of the maritime sectors in Europe, and the potential benefits of treating these activities in an integrated way. The Commission has set up an Action plan and is working to realise the actions listed in that plan.
DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries falls under the political responsibility of Mr. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.