Overview on the implementation of the emff at national and or levels

AuthorViolaine Romieu - Tanguy Chever - Bruno Bordeau - Safa Souidi
3.1. Introduction
This section addresses tasks 1, 3 and 4 from the ToR. It discusses successively the following
The process fo r the definition of the strategy at OR level and the specific information related
to ORs (task 1)
The organisations / stakeholders involved in both the definition of the strategy and the
implementation of the EMFF in ORs (tasks 1 and 4)
The existence and use of regional strategies for the design of the operational programme
(task 1)
The main target groups of the EMFF measures in the ORs (task 1)
The project pipeline in each OR (task 3)
The adaptation of selection criteria to local context (task 3)
The support provided to potential beneficiaries regarding the application to EMFF measures
(task 3)
Issues related to the administrative capacity of ORs (task 4)
For each MS, this section follows the same structure. At national level first, we discuss the first steps
of the EMFF implementation, namely the definition of the strat egy and validation of the operational
programme, as well as the definition of procedures. Secondly, we also present the organisation of
the implementati on of the EMFF at national and OR levels, including issues related to the
administrative capacity in the implementation of the Fund. Thirdly, we detail the different aspects at
OR level.
3.2. France
3.2.1. First steps of the EMFF implementation: definition of the strategy and
validation of the operational programme, definition of procedures
The strategy for the EMFF h as been defined at national level, in consultation with regional
authorities (including ORs) and professional representatives. The strategy is based on a stren gth,
weakness, opportunity, threat (SWOT) analysis and an identification of the needs of the fisheries
and aquaculture sectors as required by the EMFF regulation26. There is no specific focus on ORs i n
the definition of the strategy presented in the operational programme. However, each OR developed
its own strategy for regional measures (see details on implementation with national and regional
measures) and was consulted to provide inputs on the definition of the EMFF measures at national
level (mainland regions were also consulted).
Some specific documents have been u sed when drafting the strategies at OR level, in order to
ensure the consistency of the approach. In particular:
Regional plan of the development of aquaculture (French Guiana, Mayotte and Guadeloupe)27
Small-scale fisheries plan (French Guiana), included in the OP,
Regional Plan for organisation and equipment of fishing ports (French Gu iana)28
Regional Plan for economic development (Guadeloupe)29
At OR level, the elaboration of the compensation plans includes a description of the sector and the
identification of the main challenges of the sector. This was specifically detailed in the case of La
Réunion with the drafting of a strategic programme for 2014-2020 included in the CPAC.
The operational implementation of the EMFF has experienced delays in France but the EMFF is now
fully operational in France. The French operational programme was only approved by the European
Commission in December 2015 and the Direction des Pêches Maritimes et de l’Aquaculture (DPMA)
was officially appointed as m anaging authority in December 2016. The OP management is divided
the national level with the DPMA and FranceAgriMer, and
the regional level with regional authorities (Conseils Régionaux) or, in some regions,
decentralised office of DPMA (Directions de la Mer (DM)). Conseils Régionaux are
intermediate bodies for the implementation of the EMFF in Martinique, Guadeloupe and
French Guiana, while this role is held by DM in Saint-Martin, Mayotte and La Réunion.
In addition to the delays due to the validation of the OP and the building of the administrative
framework, the implementation of the IT system for the management of the programme (IT system
named OSIRIS, managed by Agence de Services et de Paiement (ASP)) faces difficulties and has
only been operational since January 2017. The management of the fun ds still faces some di fficulties
for administrative bodies due to the fact that OSIRIS is reportedly not user-friendly (interviewees
reported computer bugs and that it was complex to fill in the informati on notably).
26 Regulation (EU) No 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the European
Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulations
27 http://www.ctguyane.fr/www/ressources/File/rp/2013/SRDAM-Guyane.pdf
28 http://www.portdeguyane.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/10.SYNTHESE.pdf

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