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Data Collection Framework - Procedures

EC Regulation 1078/2008 (PDF 195 KB) lays down the detailed rules regarding the expenditure met by EU member states to fulfil the Data Collection Framework (DCF) requirements under the current programme. EU funding of 50% of the total amount incurred is available to help member states carry out the work.

However, to be eligible for a Community financial contribution, the expenditure must meet a strict set of criteria.

In order to assess whether or not each member states' programme of work complies with its obligations, and can therefore be regarded as valid by the Commission, the programmes are reviewed by the scientists involved in fisheries work (through the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) forum).

Once the final work programmes have been agreed, taking in any amendments required, each year a final formal Commission Decision is voted on by member states to confirm the amount of funds available for each member state for the planned work. Member states then receive an advance payment of half of the allotted funds for that year.

After the end of each year, member states must submit:

  • a technical report providing details of their national programme undertaken in the previous year (see Technical reports)
  • a financial report detailing the total actual costs of the work carried out and the balance of funds due to each member state is paid out.

As central co-ordinating body for the UK for this work, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) receives the payments made to the UK.

Transfers are made of amounts to Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute and to Marine Scotland treasury accounts to match the anticipated receipts incorporated into their financial programmes.

Defra funds the overall costs of Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science's (Cefas) work through their memorandum of understanding. The remaining payment is therefore used to offset the overall payments made to cover Cefas’ total costs.

Contact information

Statistics and Analysis Team
Marine Management Organisation
Area 8C
9 Millbank
c/o Nobel House
17 Smith Square

Tel: 020 7238 4670
Fax: 020 7270 8072
Email: statistics@

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