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Visit of the Director General of Maritime and Fisheries Affairs of the European Commission to EFCA


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.

World Oceans Day


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.

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EFCA Administrative Board adopts its annual report for 2015


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.

One minute of silence for the victims of the attacks in Paris.


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.

Administrative Board adopts Multiannual work programme 2016-2020 and Annual work programme for 2016


The European Fisheries Control Agency held its Administrative Board meeting and adopted its Multiannual work programme 2016-2020. Ten years have passed since the founding regulation of the EFCA was adopted with the primary objective of organising operational coordination of fisheries control and inspection activities by the Member States and to assist them to cooperate so as to better comply with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy, thus ensuring its effective and uniform application. Its main objective remains.

USA - EU Seminar on Fisheries Control


On 9 - 10 June in Vigo, on request of the EU Commission, the EFCA organised a two-day seminar in its headquarters in Vigo (Spain) where a delegation of USA (NOAA and USCG) and a delegation of the EU (EC - DG Mare and EFCA) informally brainstormed on the state of play of fisheries control, exchange of information and best practices, identification of initiatives of common interest and the promotion of cooperation in the international framework.