On Thursday, 16 March 2017, the EFCA welcomed representatives of the control authorities of different GFCM Contracting Parties, namely Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, and the European Commission, Italy and Malta, assisted with the GFCM secretariat who are participating in a two-day Technical Meeting (16 – 17 May 2017) in the EFCA offices in Vigo, Spain.
Fisheries control authority delegates from the Baltic Sea Member States (Baltfish, chaired by Germany), the Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC), representatives from the European Commission (DG Mare), a member of the European Parliament and representatives from the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) met in Hamburg on 9th March 2017 at a Joint Workshop to examine the state of play for the implementation of the landing obligation with respect to the major commercial species of the Baltic Sea: cod, salmon, herring, sprat and plaice.
Mr Werner Kuhn, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Fisheries (PECH) of the European Parliament, has visited the European Agency for Fisheries Control (EFCA) for a two-day meeting (20-21 February 2017). The delegation included a group of parliamentary representatives formed by Mr José Blanco, Ms Norica Nicolai and Mr Marco Affronte, Mr Francisco Millán, Ms Lidia Senra, as well as advisors from the political groups.
Today at 10.00, staff at EFCA observed a minute's silence to remember those who lost their lives in the attack in Berlin.
The EU Agencies Network, a representative body for the 45 Agencies and Joint Undertakings, presented today at the European Parliament two new studies on the economic and political impact of the agencies in the European Union. According to these studies, the EU Agencies represent less than 0.8% of the EU’s annual budget and could save up to €200 million in costs to national administrations.
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) is organising a seminar dedicated to the operational implementation of the European cooperation on coast guard functions.
The Administrative Board of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) held its 26th meeting and adopted its Multiannual work programme 2017-2021 and annual work programme 2017 that provides a comprehensive overview of the allocation of resources granted by the European Union Budget to the agency in accordance with its objectives and indicators.
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”.