Specific Contract under FWC MARE/2011/01 Lot 2; Study in support of the review of the EU regime on the small-scale driftnets fisheries

The project involve the evaluation of the current EU regime on the small-scale driftnets fisheries, including the state of play of driftnet fisheries at international level, including environmental, social and economic aspects, and specifically assist in the execution of an impact assessment to support the possible development of a new regulatory framework.

The objectives of this specific contract were to assess to what degree current EU regime on the small-scale driftnets fisheries has met the objectives set, and thereby help to identify the best policy direction for future technical measures in the context of a reformed CFP. This evaluation had two distinct parts:

1. A retrospective evaluation of the existing driftnets regime in place in terms of their relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and acceptance.

2. A prospective evaluation of the likely economic, social and environmental impacts as well as the effectiveness, efficiency and coherence of different policy options for future technical measures.

Services Provided:

  • Assessment of existing regime
  • Retrospective evaluation
  • Prospective evaluation
  • Stakeholder consultation

    Name of Client:

    European Commission – DG MARE

Identifying and supporting Blue Growth projects in emerging sectors

The European maritime industry is one of the cornerstones of the European economy and counts many strong global players who, over the last decades, have experienced very strong growth, also internationally. Also in the future, the European maritime industry will likely be a key driver for economic growth. The key challenge will be to understand the mechanics and enablers on the one hand and the interrelationship of “maritime governance” and “growth” on the other hand. With this knowledge, the Commission will be able to put forward the right balanced policy and governance choices. Based on an updated analysis of the growth potential of the European maritime economy, there is further need to identify growth potentials by Member State and region, develop key performance indicators, undertake a detailed analysis of the effects of governance on performance, and derive further actions (esp. on sea-basin level) through a structured dialogue with economic actors, academia, the cluster organisations and regional economic development managers. This dialogue would help spreading best practice, creating new cooperations and identifying investment opportunities.

Following extensive study work on the potential for growth and jobs in the maritime and coastal economy the Commission wishes to follow up on the findings by developing and implementing concrete measures that can help delivering that potential.

Services Provided:

  •  review of literature/desk research to compile information on the subject and deepen the understanding of economic, social and environmental conditions that are relevant to Blue Growth;
  • study work on key performance indicators for the maritime economy and its competitiveness, in particular in the global context where applicable; work to be based also on the Europe 2020 headline target 5 and the EU sustainable development indicators;
  •  identification of specific projects and business cases in emerging and prospective sectors of the maritime and coastal economy taking into account the constraints and specific conditions in each European sea basin;
  •  consultation with stakeholders – national, regional and local governments, industry, trade unions, academia, civil society – through questionnaires, surveys, interviews;
  • disseminating best practices for investment strategies and for the promotion of maritime employment, training and education;
  •  analysis of opportunities for the use of EU and other instruments to achieve the objectives of the EU’s maritime policy in general and of the Blue Growth strategy in particular, at local, national and regional level;
  • supporting the development and consolidation of maritime clusters on regional, national and European level, including tools for anticipating skills and jobs needs;
  • preparation of and reporting on conferences, workshops and events (individual or serial occasions), including the identification of speakers and panellists and the preparation of background papers, agendas and minutes. In addition, the service could include the full logistics of the specific undertaking (organising the venue, catering, audio-visual equipment, travel of speakers, etc.) if the logistics of the event cannot be covered by another existing framework contract under the responsibility of DG MARE

Name of Client:

European Commission DG MARE

Framework Contract for evaluation and impact assessment, Lot 3: International Dimension of the CFP

This is a framework contract where specific services will consist of assisting the European Commission departments’ activities on the international dimension Common Fisheries Policy, by producing

A) Prospective evaluation (‘ex ante’ evaluations and impact assessments) studies, which help DG MARE to design its policies and laws better and to prepare evidence for political decision-makers on the advantages and disadvantages of possible policy options by assessing their potential economic, social and environmental impact and cost-effectiveness;

B) Retrospective evaluation (interim, mid-term and ‘ex post’ evaluations) studies of individual EU expenditure programmes, policies and other activities under the responsibility of DG MARE, which may also include prospective elements, where appropriate for the decision-making process;

C) Other evaluation-related services.


Services Provided:

  • Social, economic and environmental Impact assessment
  • Evaluation of policies and programmes
  • Review of Fisheries Partnership Agreements

Name of Client:

European Commission, DG MARE