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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. Contacts


  • EIFAAC meets Rapporteur for proposed EU Regulation on IAS (Invasive Alien species)
    In December 2013 EIFAAC submitted an Advice Note on the proposed EU Regulation on IAS to Pavel Poc (MEP and rapporteur for the proposed Regulation). The document was compiled by Joe Caffrey who is Chair of the EIFAAC Project on Aquatic Invasive Species. A draft of the document was submitted to all EIFAAC focal points for consideration and all inputs were assimilated before the final document was forwarded to Mr Poc in the European Parliament.
    In a follow up to this, Joe Caffrey was invited to meet directly with Mr Poc in his offices in the European Parliament buildings on 20th January 2014. This face-to-face meeting provided the opportunity to discuss the proposed Regulation and EIFAAC’s approach to many of the key articles contained therein. The meeting took place immediately prior to a major conference in Brussels that was scheduled to debate on “strengthening the EC proposed approach [to the Regulation]”. Mr Poc was assured of EIFAAC’s support in having this important piece of European legislation enacted in the very near future.
  • EIFAAC attended the European Anglers A

  • lliance 2013 General Assembly (there are about 3 million affiliated members to EAA's from 13 European nations) to brief the EAA on EIFAAC activities and have engaged with this organisation on new project activities.

  • EIFAAC offers advice on the draft EU regulation on Invasive Alien Species

  • This advice note was drafted by EIFAAC's expert group on aquatic invasive species (Coordinator J. Caffrey, Ireland) and would be of interest and support to government departments and policy makers dealing with the draft EU regulation on IAS.
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)
EIFAAC Officers

Following the elections at the 28th Session (2015), the Officers of the Commission are:

TitleName and CV
Chairperson of EIFAACCathal Gallagher
1st Vice-Chairperson of EIFAACPetri HeinimaaFinlandPetri.Heinimaa@rktl.fi
2nd Vice-Chairperson of EIFAACIgor WawrzyniakPolandIgor.Wawrzyniak@minrol.gov.pl
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.

Management Committee (MC)

TitleName and CV
Chairperson of the Management CommitteeCathal Gallagher (Chairperson of EIFAAC)IrelandCathal.Gallagher@fisheriesireland.ie
MemberPetri Heinimaa (1st Vice-Chairperson of EIFAAC)FinlandPetri.Heinimaa@rktl.fi
MemberIgor Wawrzyniak (2nd Vice-Chairperson of EIFAAC)PolandIgor.Wawrzyniak@minrol.gov.pl
MemberTeppo Vehanen (Chairperson of EIFAAC Technical and Scientific Committee)FinlandTeppo.Vehanen@rktl.fi
Elected memberArne EggereideNorwayArne.Eggereide@DIRNAT.NO
Elected memberReinhold HanelGermanyReinhold.Hanel@ti.bund.de
Elected memberOzerdem Maltas

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
Chairperson of the Technical and Scientific CommitteeTeppo VehanenFinlandTeppo.Vehanen@rktl.fi
Elected memberColin BeanUKColin.Bean@snh.gov.uk
Elected memberJoe CaffreyIrelandJoe.Caffrey@fisheriesireland.ie
Elected memberPiotr ParasiewiczPolandPiotr@infish.com.pl
Elected memberMarina Piria (Ms)CroatiaMpiria@agr.hr
Elected memberCristian SkovDenmarkck@aqua.dtu.dk
Elected memberHerman WanningenThe NetherlandsHerman@wanningenwaterconsult.nl


Joint EIFAAC/ICES/GFCM Project on Eels

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

Project details including Terms of Reference
List of experts involved in the project

Report of the Joint EIFAAC/ICES/GFCM Working Group on Eel, 3–7 November 2014, Rome, Italy (full report). Click to read the Executive summary.

Other documents relevant to eels

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

Coordinator: P. Heinimaa (Finland), petri.heinimaa@rktl.fi

Project details including Terms of reference
List of experts involved in the project

EIFAAC Project on Development of Guidelines on the design of nature-like passes

Convener: A. Zitek (Austria), andreas.zitek@ecoscience.at

Project details including Terms of Reference
List of experts involved
Documents relevant to fish passage

EIFAAC Project on Aquatic Invasive Species in Europe

Coordinator: J. Caffrey (Ireland), Joe.Caffrey@fisheriesireland.ie

Project details including Terms of Reference
List of experts involved
EIFAAC Project on EIFAAC Symposium on Recreational Fishing in Inland Waters

Coordinator: A. Eggereide (Norway), arne.eggereide@miljodir.no

Project details including Terms of Reference
List of experts involved
EIFAAC Project on Support to Fish Passage 2015 Conference

Coordinator: T. Vehanen (Finland), Teppo.Vehanen@rktl.fi

Project details

Fish Passage 2015 Conference - International conference on river connectivity best practices and innovations, 22-24 June 2015, Groningen (The Netherlands)
EIFAAC Project on Welfare of Fishes in Aquaculture

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

Project details
EIFAAC Project on Downstream Passage of Fish at Hydropower Dams

Coordinator: K. Mc Carthy (Ireland), tk.mccarthy@nuigalway.ie

Project details


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

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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