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Region:    Africa & Western Indian Ocean

Ex-post and ex-ante evaluation study of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania Mauritania

DG MARE Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (European Commission) - Project Dates:
December 2018 - April 2019

Description of Project:
According to Article 34 of the current EU Financial Regulation, Commission Services have to undertake both ex-ante and retrospective evaluations for all programmes and activities which entail significant spending. 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 – 2019 Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (or 'Mauritania'). 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 the partner country.

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:

Within a consortium consisting of F&S (consortium leader), MegaPesca and Poseidon, Poseidon led the evaluation and carried out the field mission in association with F&S.

The evaluation report is available to the public on the EU Publications Office's website.