General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM

Subregional consultations on the second GFCM performance review - Adriatic-Ionian subregions

Tue, May, 2019, 9am - Tue, May, 2019, 5pm


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The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) convened the subregional consultations on the second GFCM performance review for the Adriatic and Ionian subregions in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 28 May 2019. This was done in the context of the second GFCM performance review, which ultimately aims at addressing developments that took place since 2011, when the first GFCM performance review was completed. An independent panel of experts was appointed before the consultations with a view to address key areas of GFCM performance (legal/institutional and scientific, as relating to both fisheries and aquaculture) and was in attendance. The members of the panel sought in particular the views of contracting parties and cooperating non-contracting parties (CPCs) from the subregion (Albania, Croatia, European Union (EU), Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina), in addition to those of the GFCM Secretariat. The meeting consisted of discussion sessions arranged by topic, spearheaded by a technical presentation delivered by the GFCM Secretariat providing background information on the second GFCM performance review. The independent panel contributed to the moderation of the discussions, with the support of the GFCM Secretariat, referring to a questionnaire prepared beforehand to facilitate the elaboration and submission of inputs by CPCs. Discussions during the meeting were broken down under relevant legal and institutional aspects and technical and scientific aspects. In discussing GFCM performance, delegates highlighted aspects where the work of the GFCM could be allegedly improved. It was stressed that the vast majority of comments provided during the consultations was preliminary, whilst more detailed observations will be provided in writing by CPCs when responding to the questionnaire.