Assistance to Member States is enshrined in the EFCA’s founding regulation and one of the main pillars of the EFCA. Since 2012, the EFCA has been providing assistance to Bulgaria and Romania through joint inspection and control activities of turbot fisheries in the Black Sea and the training of inspectors at the regional and national levels.
Following the new PACT concept approach (partnership, accountability (compliance), cooperation and transparency) adopted by the EFCA in 2014, Bulgaria and Romania have requested additional and broader assistance. These agreed actions are being implemented in an operational plan over 3 years focusing on the continuation of the joint actions in both Member States as well in some new areas of activity.
EFCA considers that the development of a level playing field for control and inspection in the Member States concerned requires the harmonisation of enforcement procedures at the regional level. In this regard, a joint analysis of enforcement legislation and procedures in both Member States is being undertaken with a view to drafting possible proposals on best practices and guidelines.
EFCA is promoting risk assessment tools in the Member States concerned including for the purposes of strategic planning of joint control actions and towards a longer-term priority risk management process.
EFCA is providing support to the Member States in the form of training involving the application of common training programmes as well as specialised, tailor-made training programmes on request, directed towards officials involved in fisheries control and inspection.
Finally, operational activities are continuing involving exchanges of Union inspectors to promote best practice and promotion of cooperation and information exchange within and between the two Member States.