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General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM)

Structure

Compliance Committee (COC)

Mandate

Established in 2006, the CoC mandate is to :

  1. Assess, on the basis of all available information, compliance by Contracting Parties, Cooperating non-Contracting Parties and relevant non-Contracting Parties with recommendations adopted by the Commission in accordance with Article 8(b) of the Agreement;
  2. Request clarifications and express concern to Contracting Parties, Cooperating non-Contracting Parties and non-Contracting Parties in cases of non-compliance, prima facie, with recommendations adopted by the Commission in accordance with Article 8(b) of the Agreement;
  3. Submit to the attention of the Commission cases in which Contracting Parties or Cooperating non Contracting Parties are not compliant with recommendations adopted by the Commission in accordance with Article 8(b) of the Agreement, or cases in which activities by non-Contracting Parties undermine the effectiveness of such recommendations and adversely affecting the objective of the Agreement, in order to facilitate their identification as foreseen by the applicable recommendation concerning the identification of non-compliance;
  4. Provide additional information, as it considers appropriate or as may be requested by the Commission, relating to the implementation and compliance with recommendations adopted by the Commission in accordance with Article 8(b) of the Agreement, as well as with the provisions of the Agreement;
  5. Provide independent advice on an institutional and legal basis and submit reports to the Commission to facilitate the adoption of recommendations in accordance with Article 8(b) of the Agreement, including in connection with aspects related to monitoring, control and surveillance, and technical assistance and capacity building activities to support these aspects;
  6. Undertake other functions or responsibilities as may be conferred on it by the Commission