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Impact assessment of the FP4 and FP5 research programmes on fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing research area and the fishery industry

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Reference no: 513651
Period: July 2004 till June 2005
Status: Completed

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European aquaculture, fisheries and seafood processing development has benefited from considerable efforts inEC RTD projects. Reforms in European policies and programmes, accompanied by changing public priorities, have affected the way in which the seafood sector is perceived and hence its further development. The 4th and5th Framework Programmes in aquaculture, fisheries and seafood processing RTD were built upon specific objectives for the continued development of the sector over the period 1994-2002.As part of the integration and strengthening of the European Research Area, this specific support action (SSA) will provide an impact assessment of RTD in the research areas mentioned above and on the fishery industry (including aquaculture production systems). Impact assessment is being built-in to RTD and especially policy development programmes as a tool to monitor the effects of the research and the need for policy change -especially the latter in accordance with COM (2002) 276 "Communication from the Commission on Impact Assessment". While previously published impact assessments have focussed on research areas across a wide scope, this SSA covers the specific areas of aquaculture and fisheries. It brings together the diverse sources of information on the projects, and solicits direct feedback on RTD impact from a wide range of stakeholders who carry out and use the results of the projects/programmes. This SSA will monitor current information and will collect new information in the form of questionnaires. The final report will identify trends and tendencies and will provide a basis for the comparison of the framework programmes; their continuity related to original programme objectives, and their impact on both research and the industry .It will also provide guidelines for future actions and policies throughout the European aquaculture and fisheries sector, at a time when planning of the FP7 programme is reaching an advanced stage.

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