Lowri Evans, appointed Director General in the month of June 2010, pays her first visit to the Community Fisheries Control Agency, seated in Vigo (Spain), on 10-11 November. During the working meeting, the Director General has familiarised with the work of the CFCA and personally met the management of the Agency and its relevant staff members.
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.
The CFCA and France (through its Direction des affaires maritimes and Direction des pêches maritimes et de l'aquaculture) will sign a memorandum of understanding on 24 September 2010 in Nantes (France) formalising their commitment to enter into mutual cooperation in view of the elaboration of a core curriculum for the training of national fisheries inspectors through the sharing of information and expertise.
The Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA) coordinates the Joint Deployment Plan (JDP) for the bluefin tuna fishery in the Mediterranean Sea and the Eastern Atlantic waters for 2010, the vehicle through which it coordinates the pooling of means by Member States, both material and human, in order to carry out control, inspection and surveillance of fishery activities both at sea and ashore.
The CFCA has adopted its annual report for 2009 at the meeting of the Administrative Board held on the 18th of March. The annual report illustrates all the activities carried out by the CFCA in its first full year at its seat in Vigo and with 98% execution of its budget. Moreover, at the meeting, the Board discussed the Preliminary Work Programme of 2011, the preliminary draft budget and the outline for a multiannual work programme.
Maria Damanaki, appointed Commissioner for Maritime and Fisheries Affairs last month, will pay a visit to the Community Fisheries Control Agency, seated in Vigo (Spain), on 12 March 2010. During the working meeting, the Commissioner will personally meet the management of the Agency. Moreover, she will be able to get a detailed inside view of the CFCA activities and functioning as well as discuss its future challenges.
The heads of European Union Agencies met today with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to discuss ways to strengthen their partnership with the European Commission and to share their views on the EU’s future approach to the governance of the Agencies.
The European Union agencies: European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) based in Lisbon, the European Agency for the Management of Operational Co-operation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex) based in Warsaw and the Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA), based in Vigo, have concluded an agreement with a view to cooperate, in accordance with their respective mandates, in the field of maritime surveillance that will be mutually beneficial for the three agencies.
Community Fisheries Control Agency adopts an ambitious work programme for 2010 with special emphasis on the fight against IUU fishing
After two years since the beginning of the functioning of the control activities coordinated by the CFCA and one year since the Agency installed in Vigo, the CFCA has assessed its functioning and discussed with Member States the way forward during a three day seminar in Vigo. From 8 to 10 of July, representatives of 20 Member States, the European Commission and the CFCA have analysed the work carried out so far, discussed on the best practices and set out guidelines for the future.