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FISHERIES : COMMUNITY CONTROL AGENCY SAYS 2010 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Several measures were adopted to improve the quality and relevance of control activities and to guarantee that member states make a satisfactory contribution to the success of joint deployment plans, reports the Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA) in its 2010 activity report.

New regulations on fisheries control and the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing entered into force in January 2010, creating a set of clear rules to guarantee that the law is applied equally, effectively and transparently. "With these rules adopted, the focus moves to implementation by member states. In this regard, the agency has a crucial role to play at this time. The agency's model of regional cooperation between national authorities is working effectively in practice," said Serge Beslier, chairman of the Administrative Board.

In concrete terms, the agency states that it has achieved all its objectives for 2010. Four joint deployment plans (JDP) were implemented for the North Sea-Western waters, Baltic Sea, NAFO-NEAFC and bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic. The Fisheries Control Agency also assisted member states and the Commission with implementation of the EU regulation on IUU fishing. Different measures were adopted to enhance the quality and relevance of control activities and to ensure that member states contribute in a satisfactory manner to the success of the JDPs. The agency also notes that member states pooled sufficient means, developed a new regional risk analysis to facilitate long-term planning of joint campaigns and took steps to promote European added value at all stages of the JDP cycle (planning, implementation and evaluation).

Nearly 7,000 inspections were coordinated under the JDPs in the four areas of operation and around 1,600 man days were deployed in joint teams. The CFCA highlights the cooperation between member states through the creation of joint teams of inspectors of different nationalities as one of its main tools to foster cooperation, increase the transparency of activities, exchange best practices and build confidence between the different national authorities.

In addition to adopting this report, the CFCA Administrative Board examined the multiannual work programme for 2012-2016 and studied the annual work plan and draft budget for 2012. At 9,310,000, it is smaller than the 2011 final budget (12,850,000).

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