About this consultation

Consultation period
28 May 2018 - 7 September 2018
Maritime affairs and fisheries

Consultation outcome

Individual contributions and a synopsis report summarising the results of all consultation activities linked to this initiative will be published on this page. 

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Target group

The interventions under the EMFF should affect public authorities, industry, researchers and civil society. For instance, spatial planning itself will benefit business  and the public authorities that set them up will be able to judge whether the measures financed here helped set them up. The survey will target all these stakeholder groups.

Objective of the consultation

The purpose of the interim evaluation is to assess performance of and fine-tune the implementation of the direct management component of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for the current programming period 2014-2020.

How to submit your response

The online questionnaire (link below) takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The questionnaire can be completed in about 10 minutes. Answers can be provided in all EU languages. If you have no knowledge of the activity concerned, please reply "no opinion". Documents containing additional information or opinions can be uploaded.

View the questionnaire

Additional information

The aim of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is to support the implementation of the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy and Common Fisheries Policy. 90% of the Fund is managed autonomously by national authorities. However, just over 10%, €647,275,400 in total over the seven years 2014-2020, has been earmarked for  measures managed directly by the services of the European Commission and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises.  Approximately 100 contracts under this direct management part of the programme are signed each year. The main activities are:

  • foster the development and implementation of integrated governance of maritime and coastal affairs (mostly events, including European Maritime Day)
  • enhancing effectiveness and efficiency through information exchange across sectors and borders, while taking due account of existing and future cooperation mechanisms and systems (development of Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE))
  • maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management processes (supporting the implementation of the Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning through cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning projects)
  • the progressive development of a comprehensive and publicly accessible high quality marine data and knowledge base (development and operation of European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet} and seabed maps)
  • support sustainable economic growth, employment, innovation and new technologies within emerging and prospective maritime sectors, as well as in coastal, insular and outermost regions of the Union, in a way that complements established sectoral and national activities (studies to ascertain the size and dynamics of the blue economy, particularly emerging sectors, including for sea-basins)
  • promote the protection of the marine environment, (studies to help national authorities implement the Marine Strategy Framework Directive)
  • the collection, management and dissemination of scientific advice under the CFP (support to the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES);, the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF), studies)
  • specific control and enforcement measures under the CFP (provision of IT services and supplies, chartering of patrol vessels and aircraft)
  • voluntary contributions to international organisations (mostly to regional fisheries management organisations)
  • Advisory Councils (stakeholder-led organisations that provide the Commission and EU countries with recommendations)
  • market intelligence (develop and operate EUMOFA, European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Observatory, the market intelligence tool on the European Union fisheries and aquaculture sector)
  • communication activities under the common fisheries policy and the integrated maritime policy

Transparency Register

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 replying to this consultation is registered, they should tick the appropriate box in the consultation and provide the register ID.

Protection of personal data

The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

Please, note that regardless the option chosen, your contribution may be subject to a request for access to documents under Regulation 1049/2001 on public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. In this case, the request will be assessed against the conditions set out in the Regulation and in accordance with applicable data protection rules.