There are two formal ways of which stakeholders can give advice to the policymakers in the EU. The two stakeholder fora are ACFA and RACs.
The implementation of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy requires that the opinion of the stakeholders is taken into consideration, as well as the encouragement of the formulation of analyses and of joint positions. For that purpose the Commission has established the Advisory Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (ACFA) and (as part of the CFP reform in 2002) the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs). Work in these fora requires consensus to be efficient, which means that advice from ACFA and RACs will preferably have been agreed by both the industry and the other stakeholders.
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Advisory Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (ACFA)
Representing all major stakeholders on the European level, ACFA is an advisory group to the Commission. It consists of 21 representatives of the sector and theinterests of consumers, the environment and development. Three out of 21 representatives are NGOs and 18 are industry representatives. Read more.
Regional Advisory Councils (RACs)
The RACs prepare recommendations and suggestions on fisheries issues relevant to the area they cover and submit them to the Commission and/or to the relevant national authorities. The RACs are made up of representatives of the fisheries sector and other groups affected by the CFP, while scientists are invited to participate in the meetings of the RACs as experts. In each RAC, 2/3 of the members are industry representatives.
FISH is a member of the Baltic Sea (R)AC (BSAC). Read more.