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:
EIFAAC area of competence - Inland watersLanguagesEnglish, French. Members
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Member: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, 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 27th Session, the Officers of the Commission are:
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)
Technical and Scientific Committee (TSC)
The Technical and Scientific Committee is composed of a Chairperson and six experts, all elected by the Commission.