Association of National Organisations of Fishing Enterprises in the European Union (Europêche)
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200,000€ - 299,999€
Lobbyists declared: 2 FTE (2)
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Lobbyists with EP accreditation: 0
Meetings with European Commission: 21
Lobbying costs over the years:
Association of National Organisations of Fishing Enterprises in the European Union (Europêche)
Registration on EU Transparency Register
Goals / Remit
Our mission is to promote responsible and sustainable fishing practices that not only ensures a healthy and diverse marine environment but preserves an economically and socially sustainable fishing sector able to contribute to the growing world demand for healthy seafood.
Ensure that the vital knowledge and experience of fishermen forms part of the decision making process
Effectively integrate the three pillars of sustainability - environment, social and economic - into EU policy making
Help stakeholders understand the impacts of political decisions on fisheries
Build on the successes of our membership in the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Sea Fisheries to ensure safety at sea and decent working and living conditions for fishermen
Support fisheries research by continuing to be an active partner in European projects such as the European Sector Council for Skills and Employment in the Fisheries Sector
Sustainability - The blue economy in the EU represents 5.4 million jobs and generates almost € 500 billion a year. Over 400,000 people are employed in the European fisheries sector alone. Europêche believe that we need to protect our fishermen within the EU supply chain without jeopardising fish stocks for future generations. Food Security - the EU fishing industry meets one of the basic human needs; ensuring food security whilst maintaining the best quality and highest standards. With the world population currently over 7 billion, we must find ways of securing the benefits of fishing whilst minimising the ecological footprint. Implementing the Common Fisheries Policy - the first phase of the discard ban has come into force on 1st January 2015. Before this date, the European Parliament will decide on important technical issues which must be workable and overcome the difficulties of mixed fisheries. Protect the marine environment - the Marine Strategy Framework Directive will aim to achieve Good Environmental Status in the EU’s marine waters by 2020 by ensuring that the population of commercial fish species is healthy and that long-term abundance and reproduction is secured. Taking decisions at the right level - With so many different specificities surrounding the different fisheries in the EU, fisheries regulation must be decided at regional level. Legislation should be proportionate and suitable for the fisheries concerned. Sound science and accurate information - Science is not only biology but is also a social and economic science that has to be integrated in intelligent decision making. The realities of fishing are often lost among the politics that comes with forging important legislation. The current high average age of fishermen, the initial start-up costs and the precarious future means too few young people are choosing fisheries as a livelihood. One way forward is to ensure the free movement of fishermen on the European labour market by harmonizing standards for training, certification and watch keeping for fishermen.
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Tel: 32 02 230 48 48
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Europêche has a close work relationship with ETF within the EU Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for sea fisheries, and closely collaborates with other key EU fisheries stakeholder organisations. In addition, Europêche is involved in the work of the EU Advisory Councils (ACs), being a full member of the Long Distance AC and the Market AC.
Europêche is represented in various international committees and organisations such as the OSPAR Commission,ILO, FAO / COFI, the General Assembly of the United Nations, CITES, CBD, and ICFA.
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Expert groups (European Commission)
Commission’s Expert Group on implementing the Council Directive (EU) 2017/159 of 19 December 2016 implementing the Agreement concerning the implementation of the Work in Fishing Convention#E03660 #http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm?do=groupDetail.groupDetail&groupID=3660 #Observer #C#Structured Dialogue with European Structural and Investment Funds' partners group of experts#E03226 #http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm?do=groupDetail.groupDetail&groupID=3226 #Member #C#Commission Expert Group on Strategic Coordination for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC)#E02550 #http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm?do=groupDetail.groupDetail&groupID=2550 #Observer #C#Working group on Good Environmental Status (WG GES)#Working group on Data Information and Knowledge Exchange (WG DIKE)#Working group Programme of Measures, Economic and Social Analysis (WG POMESA)
Intergroups (European Parliament)
SEARICA#Climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development
Industry forums (European Parliament)
Activities Promote the relationships between the member organisations by creating co-operation and collaboration links between them Adopt common position papers and draw up proposals for actions, reform or measures envisaging the improvement of the activities of the fisheries enterprises represented by the national organisations Keep their members informed about draft Community regulations, dossiers, events, studies and orientations that might directly or indirectly affect the fishing industry.
Meetings with European Commission21 meetings found.
The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't publish information about such meetings. All information below comes from European Commission web pages.
- 15 Apr 2021 - Director-General Charlina Vitcheva - Arctic cod fisheries (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
- 17 Mar 2021 - Director-General Charlina Vitcheva - Commission position on the revision of the control regulation (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
- 22 Jul 2020 - Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius - To discuss and exchange views on the Biodiversity Strategy, in particular on issues concerning fisheries and the protection and restoration of the marine environment. (DG Environment, Oceans and Fisheries)
- 22 Jul 2020 - Carmen Preising - To discuss and exchange views on the Biodiversity Strategy, in particular on issues concerning fisheries and the protection and restoration of the marine environment. (DG Environment, Oceans and Fisheries)
- 30 Jun 2020 - Director-General Charlina Vitcheva - Introduction meeting to have an exchange of views on current issues (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
- 11 Dec 2019 - Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius - To present and discuss the views on ongoing fisheries policy developments (DG Environment, Oceans and Fisheries)
- 24 Jul 2019 - Director-General Joao Aguiar Machado - CFP implementation, current challenges (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
- 22 Jun 2018 - Andras Inotai Aurore Maillet - Marine plastic litter, lost fishing gear (DG Environment)
- 20 Apr 2018 - Commissioner Karmenu Vella - Common Fisheries Policy, Ocean Governance (DG Environment)
- 20 Apr 2018 - Andras Inotai - Common Fisheries Policy, Ocean Governance (DG Environment)
- 22 Feb 2018 - Director-General Joao Aguiar Machado - Exchange of views on implementation of the CFP and specific fisheries issues (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
- 19 Jul 2017 - Commissioner Karmenu Vella - Ocean Governance, Our Ocean Conference 2017, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements, RFMOs (DG Environment)
- 05 May 2017 - Andras Inotai - Ocean Governance, Landing obligation, Management plans, Implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy, Our Ocean Conference 2017 (DG Environment)
- 05 May 2017 - Commissioner Karmenu Vella - Ocean Governance, Landing obligation, Management plans, Implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy, Our Ocean Conference 2017 (DG Environment)
- 14 Feb 2017 - Director-General Joao Aguiar Machado - General exchange ov views on the implementation of the CFP / new organization of DG MARE (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
- 18 Oct 2016 - Director-General Joao Aguiar Machado - Shipping of Shark Products (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
- 09 Mar 2016 - Director-General Joao Aguiar Machado - Deep Sea Regulation (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
- 08 Feb 2016 - Commissioner Karmenu Vella - Blue Whiting (DG Environment)
- 19 Nov 2015 - Director-General Joao Aguiar Machado - Implementation CFP, TACs and Quotas 2016 (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
- 11 Jun 2015 - Andras Inotai - State Aid, Autonomous Tariff Quotas for fishery products, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (DG Environment)
- 12 Dec 2014 - Commissioner Karmenu Vella - Common Fisheries Policy (fishing opportunities, landing obligation, driftnets, deep sea access, technical measures, sustainable fisheries partnership agreements) (DG Environment)