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Ex post evaluation on establishing Community financial measures for the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy and in the area of the Law of the Sea 2007-2013 (2nd financial instrument) 

DG MARE Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (European Commission) - Project Dates:

Description of Project:
Council Regulation (EC) No 861/2006 (EC, 2006) provided the legal basis between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2013 for the European Union to fund a number of financial measures: measures in the area of control and enforcement (Art. 8 of the Regulation); measures in the area of basic data collection (Art. 9), additional data collection (Art. 10), and scientific advice (Art. 11); measures in the area of governance (Art. 12); and measures in the area of international relations (Article 13). These financial measures (along with a separate financial instrument (Council Regulation (EC) 1198/2006 on the European Fisheries Fund) were intended to support the implementation of the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) as laid down in the EU Treaties and set out in the Council Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002.

The Regulation itself required an ex post evaluation report to be prepared of the expenditure, and this requirement wasfurther underpinned by the Financial Regulation and its Rules of Applications , which require that Commission departments have to ensure that the spending activities they manage and where the resources mobilised exceed EUR 5 million, are subject to an interim and/or ex post evaluation.

Services Provided:

The objectives of this ex post evaluation of the Regulation were:

  1. To evaluate the financial measures in relation to the stated objectives in the Regulation.

  2. To provide results to improve the implementation of similar measures in the 2014-2020 programming period.

  3. To provide results for other EU institutions (European Parliament, Council, European Court of Auditors) to assess management and results, and the utilisation of the available financing.

  4. To provide results tofeed into the annual Evaluation Report on the Union's finances based on the results achieved required under Article 318 TFEU.

Poseidon led a team of 8 staff to conduct theex post evaluation of the Regulation and the different thematic areas. The evaluation involved i) the development of a detailed methodology specifying evaluation questions, indicators and methods, ii) data collection and stakeholder consultation, and iii) analysis and reporting writing.