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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


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 boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers and boundaries. Dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.
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:

Chairperson of EIFAACPetri Heinimaa
Finland[email protected]
1st Vice-Chairperson of EIFAACReinhold HanelGermany[email protected]
2nd Vice-Chairperson of EIFAACIgor WawrzyniakPoland[email protected]

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)

Chairperson of the Management CommitteePetri Heinimaa(Chairperson of EIFAAC)Finland[email protected]
MemberReinhold HanelGermany[email protected]
MemberIgor WawrzyniakPoland[email protected]
MemberTeppo Vehanen (Chairperson of EIFAAC Technical and Scientific Committee)Finland[email protected]
Elected memberRuta MedneLatvia[email protected]
Elected memberGudni Magnus EirikssonIceland[email protected]
Elected memberCathal Gallagher
Ireland[email protected]
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.

Chairperson of the Technical and Scientific CommitteeTeppo VehanenFinland[email protected]
Elected member Marina PiriaCroatia[email protected]
Elected memberPiotr ParasiewiczPoland[email protected]
Elected memberColin BeanUnited Kingdom[email protected]
Elected memberChristian SkovDenmark[email protected]
Elected memberRobert ArlinghausGermany 
Elected memberFiona KellyIreland 

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

Elected alternateAndreas MelcherAustria 
Elected alternateJan KubeckaCzech Republic[email protected]
Elected memberRussell PooleIreland[email protected]
Elected alternateAndrzej KapustaPoland

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

Coordinator: E. Washburn (United Kingdom), [email protected]

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

Coordinator: Niels Jepsen (Denmark), [email protected]

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

Coordinator: Alan Walker (United Kingdom), [email protected]

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), [email protected]

EIFAAC Project “Development of eel stocks in Norway and Ireland”
Coordinator: Eva B. Thorstad (Norway), [email protected]
EIFAAC Project "Welfare of Fishes in Aquaculture"

Coordinator: H. Segner (Switzerland), [email protected]

EIFAAC project "Workshop on Citizen Science in Fisheries"

Coordinator: Ciara O’Leary (Ireland), [email protected]



European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC)

Victoria Chomo, Secretary
Senior Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer
Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division (FIA)
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome

Telephone: +39 06 570 51604

Email: [email protected]

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

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