The CFCA has adopted its multiannual work programme for 2011-2015 and the fifth annual work programme for 2011. It will continue to undertake its activities around its two main strategic axes: Operational Coordination, through the consolidation and extension of the concept of joint deployment plans (JDP), and Capacity Building, focusing on helping Member States develop systems for effectively sharing and collecting data and intelligence. Moreover, the budget adopted in the meeting for 2011 is of €8, 85 million, subject to the definitive adoption of the EU Budget for 2011 by the Budgetary Authority in the coming weeks
“Sustainability is one of the three priorities laid down in the Europe 2020 strategy. Conservation and management of shared marine living resources (such as fish), require quite drastic action: preserving this heritage for future generations is our shared responsibility,” said Serge Beslier, Chairman of the CFCA Administrative Board. ”The Europe 2020 strategy emphasizes that ‘coordination within the EU works’. The CFCA has proved to bring added value in this domain of cooperation between Member States and with the Commission.”
Multiannual Work Programme
In close cooperation with the Commission and Member States, the CFCA will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the new control legislative package (IUU and new control regulations) in tasks such as the designation of coordinators as Community inspectors in international waters, establishment of an emergency unit, chartering of means for the Joint deployment plans, facilitation of the development of common risk management procedures, data reliability and interoperability between Member States information systems, promotion of training and exchange of best practices, development of operational activities transferred by the Commission, and extension of the operational coordination to cover all common fisheries policy (CFP) activities up to retails sales.
In doing so, the CFCA will continue to undertake its activities around its two main strategic axes: Operational Coordination and Capacity Building. In its multi annual work programme, this means:
• The application of the provisions of the new regulation to prevent the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing: the CFCA will organise progressively operational coordination between Member States of the national control activities and provide support to the Commission and participate in audits to third countries.
• The extension of the current Joint Deployment Plans to regional control areas based on multispecies (to which end, current legal basis may need to be adapted) and the examination of Regional Control Areas covering all relevant fisheries and activities of the CFP in order to trigger a more cost-effective, rational and complementary joint deployment of human and material resources.
• In the area of Capacity Building, the availability of uniform data on fishing and inspection and surveillance activities on European level and enhanced interoperability of national ICT systems are main priorities for Operational Coordination.
The CFCA team will be dedicated to the execution of the tasks listed in the Work Programme. The implementation of these activities will have a significant contribution to the uniformity and effectiveness of control, increased transparency of the control activities and thus to a level playing field for the European fishing industry.
“In times where public expenditure is cut, the CFCA together with the national enforcement services have a common challenge in ensuring cost- effectiveness through enhanced regional cooperation and pooling of means under joint deployment plans (JDP). Indeed, enhanced European cooperation offers scope for cutting down on national public expenditures. This work programme sets out our efforts to meet these challenges,” said Harm Koster, Executive Director of the CFCA.