The Common Organisation of the Markets in fishery and aquaculture products recognises as professional organisations the following entities: producer organisations, associations of producer organisations and inter-branch organisations.
Producer organisations are officially recognised bodies set up by fishery or aquaculture producers. They are in charge of the day-to-day management of fisheries and play an essential role in running the Common Fisheries Policy and the Common Organisation of the Markets as they:
Today, more than 200 producer organisations exist in the European Union. To achieve the objectives of the Common Organisation of the markets, they may take measures to channel the supply and marketing of their members’ products, promote them through certification schemes, quality seals, geographical designations and so on. They may also promote vocational training, the use of ICTs and work towards reducing the environmental impact of the fishing or aquaculture activities of their members.
List of recognised producer organisations and associations of producer organisations
Member States may notify any recognition of professional organisation or withdrawal of recognition to MARE-A4@ec.europa.eu
Map: Producer organisations (click on the map to open the European Atlas of the Seas)
Associations of producer organisations may also be approved by national authorities. They have a dual purpose: they play the same role as producer organisations and they also coordinate the activities of their member organisations.
Organisations of different interest groups in the fishery and aquaculture sector – known as 'inter-branch organisations' - bring together fish producers, processors and marketers to deploy measures benefiting the sector as a whole. Their aim is to improve the coordination of marketing activities and to develop measures of interest for the whole sector.
Given the shared nature of the marine resources, these professional organisations may also be set up at transnational level to coordinate the production and the marketing of certain species across several EU countries.
Tools and financial support
In light of the essential role that these professional organisations play in the delivery of the Common Fisheries Policy and of the Common Organisation of the Markets, the following tools have been set up to support them:
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1418/2013 of 17 December 2013 concerning production and marketing plans pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1379/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products.
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1419/2013 of 17 December 2013 concerning the recognition of producer organisations and inter-branch organisations, the extension of the rules of producer organisations and inter-branch organisations and the publication of trigger prices as provided for by Regulation (EU) No 1379/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products
Commission Recommendation of 3 March 2014 on the establishment and implementation of the Production and Marketing Plans pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1379/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products
Guidance document on the implementation of Chapter II "Professional Organisations" of Regulation (EU) No 1379/2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products.
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