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WHAT IS THE ACFA AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

Published on: Mon, 10/08/2009 - 17:26
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    The ACFA is a consultative forum composed by a number of European organisations representing various interests relating to the CFP.  The basic concept of representation underlying ACFA is that local and national organisations in the Member States representing these same interests should take part in ACFA through their European affiliation.

    ACFA is consulted by the Commission on measures related to the CFP. ACFA may also issue an opinion on its own initiative.

    ACFA is made up of 21 members representing the following interests:

    Private ship-owners (EUROPECHE)                    4 seats

    Co-operative ship-owners (COGECA)                 2 seats

    Producers organisations (EAPO)                        2 seats

    Molluscs and shellfish farmers (EMPA)               2 seats

    Fish farmers (FEAP, COPA COGECA)                  2 seats

    Processors (AIPCE)                                         2 seats

    Traders (CEP)                                                2 seats

    Fishermen and employees (ETF)                      2 seats

    Consumers  (BEUC)                                        1 seat

    Environment NGOs                                          1 seat

    Development NGOs                                         1 seat

    In addition, both social partners in the Social Sectoral Dialogue Committee (the workers and the employers) have one representative each.

    The members of ACFA are considered to be speaking on behalf of the European Organisations to which they are representing.

    The preparatory meetings of the different European Organisations member of ACFA to exchange views and reach a common position on issues that will be discussed in ACFA  are partly financed by the Commission (grant agreements). The participation of representatives from ACFA (1 to each RAC and 2 to the STECF and ICES meetings) may be financed through these agreements.

    The ACFA Plenary meetings are prepared by four working groups