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Region:    Africa & Western Indian Ocean

Ex post and ex ante evaluation of the Protocol to the sustainable fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and Madagascar Madagascar

DG MARE Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (European Commission) - Project Dates:
November 2017 - April 2018

Description of Project:
The consortium led by F&S including Megapesca and Poseidon evaluated retrospectively and prospectively the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Madagascar.

According to Article 30 of the Financial Regulation and Article 18 of its Rules of Application (based on EU legal texts in force at the date of the evaluation), Commission Services have to undertake both ex-ante and ex-post evaluations for all programmes and activities which entail significant spending. These evaluations shall be proportionate to the resources mobilised for and the impact of the programme and activity concerned.

The Council Conclusions on the External Dimension of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) adopted on 19 March 2012 request that an ex-post and ex-ante evaluation be undertaken by the Commission before the signature of a new protocol. This has been enshrined in Article 31 §10 of the current CFP basic regulation.

The purpose of this specific contract was to provide the European Commission with an independent ex-post and ex-ante evaluation of the current 2015 – 2018 Protocol to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) with Republic of Madagascar (hereafter – Madagascar). The evaluation provided the Commission with the data and technical analyses of the fisheries resource and related fishing and economic activities to decide on the opportunity to engage in a new protocol and prepare possible negotiations between the EU and Madagascar.

The Commission used this evaluation study as a tool for improving the quality and coherence of the decision-making. The study also served as basis for the Commission’s evaluation report (Staff Working Document) on the subject.

Services Provided:

Poseidon carried out the field mission and co-wrote the evaluation report including its executive summary and conclusions with F&S, that led the evaluation.

The report is available online on the EU library (EU bookshop).