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In its annual report of 2014 activities, the European Fisheries Control Agency outlines how it assisted Member States and the European Commission to prepare for the monitoring of the landing obligation. This included rolling out new data network systems, adding modules for training fisheries inspectors and finding synergies with Member states for joint monitoring efforts.
The European Commission has welcomed the great strides made by Latvia in addressing the shortcomings of its national fisheries control system.
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) has adopted its Multiannual Work Programme for 2015-2019 and the Annual Work Programme at the meeting of the Administrative Board held on 17 of October 2014.

Who does what?

The EU system for fisheries controls

Fisheries rules and control systems are agreed on at EU level, but implemented by the member states through their national authorities and inspectors.

To encourage closer collaboration and exchange of best practice, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) organises joint control campaigns, where inspectors from different EU countries join forces.
The Commission has its own inspectors, who can visit national authorities at any time to check they are implementing EU rules correctly. It is not their role to inspect individual fishers' operations, however.
When the Commission finds that national authorities are not enforcing fisheries rules properly:

  • it first tries to resolve issues through consultation
  • in certain circumstances it may temporarily withhold funds from the European Fisheries Fund or close a fishery until the issue is resolved
  • any overshoot of quotas is deducted from future quotas
  • and when the member state has not taken adequate action, the Commission can take the member state concerned to the EU Court of Justice.