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  1. Change of denomination and Statutes
  2. Legal framework
  3. Mission
  4. Objectives
  5. Area of competence
  6. Languages
  7. Members
  8. EIFAAC Officers
  9. Structure
  10. Projects
  11. Contacts

EIFAAC NEWS

Change of denomination and Statutes

Since December 2010, the name of the Commission is European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC).

Established in 1957 by the FAO Council under Article VI-1 of FAO Constitution, the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) held its first session in 1960 in Dublin, Ireland. In the 1990ies, a first attempt was made by EIFAC Members and the EIFAC Secretariat to reform the Commission which lead in 1998 to a first slight amendment of the Rules of Procedure. But it was not before the second half of the first decade of the new millennium that the Members felt that it was time to carry out an in-depth review of the Commission’s function and means for action.

While the Twenty Fifth Session of EIFAC, held in Antalya, Turkey, from 21 to 28 May 2008 agreed to change the name of the Commission to European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC), the Twenty Sixth Session held in Zagreb, Croatia, from 17-20 May 2010 agreed on new Statutes and discussed and agreed on new Rules of Procedure.

Taking note that the Twenty Fifth Session of EIFAC in 2008 had agreed to change the name of EIFAC, introducing aquaculture in order to recognize the importance of aquaculture to the countries in Europe and to properly reflect the activities of EIFAC, and that the Twenty Sixth Session of EIFAC in May 2010 had agreed on new Statutes, the Council of FAO in its 140th Session has adopted Resolution 3/140 and decided to approve the revised name and Statutes of the Commission, whereby the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) is now called European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC).

The First Special Session of the Commission in October 2011 adopted new Rules of Procedure with a two-third majority. Through the decision of the Director-General of FAO in April 2012, the current Rules of Procedure came into force.

Legal framework Mission The mission of EIFAAC is to promote the long-term sustainable development, utilization, conservation, restoration and responsible management of European inland fisheries and aquaculture, consistent with the objectives and principles of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and other relevant international instruments, and to support sustainable economic, social, and recreational activities towards these goals through:
  • providing advice, information and coordination;
  • encouraging enhanced stakeholder participation and communication; and
  • the delivery of effective research.
Objectives The objectives of the Commission are:
  • promote the sustainable development, utilization, conservation, management, protection and restoration of European inland fisheries and aquaculture resources based on the best available scientific advice and the application of an ecosystem approach, the precautionary approach and the need to safeguard biodiversity;
  • identify and address strategic issues for European inland fisheries and aquaculture and provide advice and recommendations on future policies, measures and related actions needed to address the issues in a rapid and accountable manner as requested by Members;
  • provide advice to managers/decision makers of inland fisheries and aquaculture as requested based on scientific, social, economic, legal and other factors; and
  • serve as a forward-looking international platform for the collation, validation dissemination and consideration of information on common challenges and opportunities to European inland fisheries and aquaculture, and to this end, inter alia, proactively identify:
    • relevant scientific, social, economic, legal, statistical and other information and make recommendations for decision makers taking into account the need to protect and preserve the aquatic ecosystems; and
    • common problems and solutions, and harmonized approaches as appropriate.
Area of competenceCovers inland waters of member countries of EIFAAC (see blue shaded areas).
EIFAAC area of competence - Inland waters
The designations employed and the presentation of material in the map(s) are for illustration only and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal or constitutional status of any country, territory or sea area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.
LanguagesEnglish, French. Members

Member: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

For the list of Focal Points click here (PDF)

Requesting membership of EIFAAC
  1. Any European Member Nations or Organizations of the Food and Agriculture Organization are eligible to apply for EIFAAC membership or observer status.
  2. Candidate Member Nations should communicate to the Director-General of FAO the objective to become a member of EIFAAC.
  3. The Chair and Secretariat of EIFAAC should also be informed about this intention, the latest when a notification is received from the Director-General about the membership.
  4. A Focal Point should also be nominated by the candidate country, who will act as a contact person/coordinator between EIFAAC and the country.
EIFAAC Officers

Following the elections at the 29th Session (2017), the Officers of the Commission are:

TitleName and CV
Countrye-mail
Chairperson of EIFAACPetri Heinimaa
FinlandPetri.Heinimaa@luke.fi
1st Vice-Chairperson of EIFAACReinhold HanelGermanyReinhold.Hanel@ti.bund.de
2nd Vice-Chairperson of EIFAACIgor WawrzyniakPolandIgor.Wawrzyniak@minrol.gov.pl
Structure


At its 26th Session held in Zagreb, Croatia, 17-20 May 2010, the Commission agreed to abolish Sub-Committees and Working Parties in favour of a project approach. Also, a Technical and Scientific Committee was put in place. Based on the modernized Rules of Procedure the “Management Committee” replaced the former “Executive Committee”. The Management Committee which has more managing power is composed of the Chair of EIFAAC, the two Vice-Chairs, the Chair of the Technical and Scientific Committee and three members elected by the Commission.

 

Steering committee

Management Committee (MC)

TitleName and CV
Countrye-mail
Chairperson of the Management CommitteePetri Heinimaa(Chairperson of EIFAAC)FinlandPetri.Heinimaa@luke.fi
MemberReinhold HanelGermanyReinhold.Hanel@ti.bund.de
MemberIgor WawrzyniakPolandIgor.Wawrzyniak@minrol.gov.pl
MemberTeppo Vehanen (Chairperson of EIFAAC Technical and Scientific Committee)FinlandTeppo.Vehanen@luke.fi
Elected memberBela UrbanyiHungary
Elected memberGudni Magnus EirikssonIcelandGudni@fiskistofa.is
Elected memberCathal Gallagher
IrelandCathal.gallagher@fisheriesireland.ie
Subsidiary committee

Technical and Scientific Committee (TSC)

The Technical and Scientific Committee is composed of a Chairperson and six experts, all elected by the Commission.

TitleName and CV
Countrye-mail
Chairperson of the Technical and Scientific CommitteeTeppo VehanenFinlandTeppo.Vehanen@luke.fi
Elected member Marina PiriaCroatiaMpiria@agr.hr
Elected memberPiotr ParasiewiczPolandPiotr@infish.com.pl
Elected memberColin BeanUnited KingdomColin.Bean@snh.gov.uk
Elected memberChristian SkovDenmarkck@aqua.dtu.dk
Elected memberRobert ArlinghausGermany 
Elected memberFiona KellyIreland 

The Technical and Scientific Committee, alternates elected by 29th Session.

TitleName and CV
Countrye-mail
Elected alternateAndreas MelcherAustria 
Elected alternateJan KubeckaCzech Republickubecka@hbu.cas.cz
Elected memberRussell PooleIrelandRussell.poole@marine.ie
Elected alternateAndrzej KapustaPoland
Projects
 

Documentation for requesting new EIFAAC Projects
 
EIFAAC Project "Monitoring the Performance of Fish Passes; CEN standard"

Coordinator: E. Washburn (United Kingdom), emma.washburn@environment-agency.gov.uk

EIFAAC Project "Developing Advice on Sustainable Management Actions on Cormorant Populations"

Coordinator: Niels Jepsen (Denmark), nj@aqua.dtu.dk

EIFAAC Project "Joint EIFAAC/ICES/GFCM Project on Eels"

Coordinator: Alan Walker (United Kingdom), alan.walker@cefas.co.uk

For the latest report of the Working Group go to: http://www.ices.dk/community/groups/Pages/WGEEL.aspx
EIFAAC Project "Management / Threat of Aquatic Invasive Species in Europe"

Coordinator: Dr. Marina Piria (Croatia), mpiria@agr.hr

EIFAAC Project “Development of eel stocks in Norway and Ireland”
Coordinator: Eva B. Thorstad (Norway), eva.thorstad@nina.no
EIFAAC Project "Welfare of Fishes in Aquaculture"

Coordinator: H. Segner (Switzerland), helmut.segner@vetsuisse.unibe.ch

EIFAAC project "Workshop on Citizen Science in Fisheries"

Coordinator: Ciara O’Leary (Ireland), Ciara.OLeary@fisheriesireland.ie

 

Contacts

European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC)

Victoria Chomo, Secretary
Senior Policy Officer
Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (FAOREU)
34 Benczur utca
H-1068
Budapest
Hungary

Telephone: +36 1 4612000

Fax: +36 1 3517029

Email: Victoria.Chomo@fao.org

Email: Eva.Kovacs@fao.org

Web site: http://www.fao.org/fishery/rfb/eifaac

 
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