As previously announced during the celebration of Europe Day, the European Fisheries Control Agency is sponsoring a mural, which main purpose is to highlight the importance of ocean sustainability, in collaboration with the programme of urban art launched by the City Hall of Vigo. The latter is contributing to the project by providing the materials, assembly and machinery.
During its additional meeting of 21 June 2016 the EFCA Administrative Board exchanged views on the EFCA contribution to the future Europe Border and Coast Guard and adopted some amendments to the Annual Work Programme and budget 2016 to include two pilot projects regarding the “Creation of a European Coastguard function” and “new maritime surveillance technologies for fighting the IUU activities”.
The Director General of Maritime and Fisheries Affairs of the European Commission, Mr. Joao Aguiar Machado, visited the European Fisheries Control Agency today with a view to have a good insight of the Agency activities and an exchange of ideas on the ongoing projects.
During his visit, the Director General could find out more about the operational activities of the Agency, its systems, the monitoring of the landing obligation and its contribution to the European Coastguard initiative.
To mark the celebration of the international World Oceans Day, held every year on 8 of June, the agency organised an internal photo contest. The theme of the competition was "Wonders of the Oceans". The photo collage below reflects an arbitrary selection of photos from the finalists of the EFCA Photo Contest 2016.
Frontex explains that the enhanced cooperation with EFCA and EMSA is aimed at combatting illegal activities, as well as facilitating the localization of boats with migrants stranded at sea.
Please find related article here: “Frontex, EMSA and EFCA extend cooperation”
During its meeting of 10 March 2015, the EFCA Administrative Board adopted the annual report for 2015, which comprised all the activities undertaken by the EFCA during the last year. Last year, EFCA achieved important results in promoting cooperation amongst Member States, assisting the European Commission and contributing to a strengthened European Union system of monitoring, control and surveillance, with a view to guaranteeing a level playing field and a culture of compliance in the most cost-efficient way.
Frontex explains the upcoming cooperation with EFCA in the new European Border Guard Capacity.
Please find the article here: "European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and Frontex agree on closer cooperation"
Read the European Commission's news item on the proposal: http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/mare/itemdetail.cfm?subweb=342&lang=en&item_id=27974
More background info on the European Border and Coast Guard to protect Europe's External Borders can be found at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6327_en.htm
As European Union agency, we express our solidarity with the families of the victims of the attack in Paris and with France. Today noon we will honour the victims with one minute of silence in our premises in Vigo and flag in half mast.
Agence de l’Union Européenne, nous témoignons notre solidarité aux familles des victimes des attaques à Paris et à la France. Nous rendons hommage aux victimes en observant une minute de silence dans notre bâtiment et en mettant le drapeau en berne.