The establishment and objectives of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) are set out in Regulation (EU) No 508/2014. This interim evaluation study of the implementation of the direct management component of the EMFF Regulation is required under Articles 15 and 125 of the Regulation. The period under consideration for this evaluation study is the years 2014-2016. The evaluation study focussed on seven intervention categories (Integrated Maritime Policy, Scientific Advice, Fisheries Control and Enforcement, Voluntary Contributions to International Organisations, Advisory Councils, Market Intelligence and Technical Assistance), as well as five mandatory evaluation criteria (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value). The evaluation study also included five case studies: SIMCelt, BalticBOOS, STECF, NWWAC and EUMOFA.
The conclusions and recommendations presented below are grouped separately by intervention (“thematic”) and by mandatory evaluation criteria (“horizontal”).