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EFCA Administrative Board amends the work programme for 2021 and budget to accommodate additional resources

Following the recent amendment to the budget of the European Union for 2021 proposed by the European Commission and adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, the Administrative Board of the European Fisheries Control Agency, in its online meeting today, has decided to amend the agency work programme and budget 2021 onwards authorising the recruitment of 6 additional civil servants and a 4 million euros budget increase.

These additional resources will provide EFCA with the necessary operational capacity for assisting the Member States and the European Commission in the monitoring, control and surveillance regime harnessed to the Common Fisheries Policy, including the measures entailed by the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the UK.

Moreover, the amended work programme anticipates three new projects planned to be assigned to EFCA by DG MARE and subsidised by grants in the frame of the upcoming European Maritime Fisheries and aquaculture Fund (EMFAF). These projects would encompass a study on the weighting process of fisheries products across the Union, a virtual regional training academy in the Western Mediterranean Sea for fisheries control and inspection, and finally, the maintenance of the Handbook and online sectorial qualification framework (SQF) for the European cooperation on Coast Guard functions.