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New European Market Advisory Council for Fisheries, Aquaculture Holds First General Assembly

13 June 2016

EU - The new European Market Advisory Council (MAC) for fisheries and aquaculture held their first General Assembly in Brussels this week to ensure a sustainable sector in the future.

Copa & Cogeca is a founding member of the new Council on Markets which was launched this week and which is one of the key projects of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

The stakeholder organisation brings together primary producers, representatives from industry and trade, environmental and consumer organisations to look at key issues affecting the sector and to deliver advice on markets.

It will focus in particular on policy implementation and delivery of the Common Market Organisation (CMO), supply, regulatory and consumer affairs. Recommendations on these issues will be submitted to the EU institutions on behalf of the whole value chain.

Copa & Cogeca will actively participate in all the MAC meetings, namely the Working Groups, Executive Committee and General Assembly and have already secured a seat in the Executive Committee in the category of primary producers.

Representing Copa & Cogeca, Vice-Chairman of Copa & Cogeca Working Party on Fish Bernhard Feneis from Germany said: “I am very pleased to see that the Market Advisory Council is now up and running and hope to ensure that we have a more sustainable and competitive sector in the future. We held our first General Assembly this week to finalise procedures and working methods. We are already preparing for the next meeting in autumn and Copa & Cogeca will play an important role in it. Having a say in the Executive Committee is a privilege and will give Copa & Cogeca a vital role in the decision making process”.

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