The Common Fisheries Policy has existed for 30 years. A thorough analysis of the outcomes of the policy is carried out at least every decade, when the framework legislation is reviewed. While studies on the condition of the biological resources of the sea, and economic aspects of the fishing industry are both widely available, less attention seems to be paid to the situation of those coastal communities where commercial fishing activity is still important. However, the European Community (now European Union) has always given due consideration to the situation of those communities ‘dependent on fisheries’, by adopting an array of measures aimed at developing or modernizing production structures. Actions to promote the sustainable development of coastal areas with significant employment in the fisheries sector have also been financially supported by the European Union (EU). Furthermore, specific legislation has been conceived with a view to enhancing working conditions and making work at sea a safer occupation. This review will take stock of these initiatives and try to draw conclusions on the impact they have had on such communities, notably by drawing from existing evaluations carried out by the European Commission. At a time when the European workforce should undergo a significant change in order to reach the ambitious employment rate target, as set out in the Europe 2020 strategy, it is even more pertinent to study the outcomes of previously adopted measures. The value of these measures shall indeed be measured against goals that are now somewhat different to those of the past.
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