EFCA’s mission is to promote the highest common standards for control, inspection and surveillance under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). EFCA assists the Commission and EU Member States by providing training to EU Member State inspectors and trainers to ensure that the CFP rules are properly applied.
EFCA uses the joint deployment plans to organise the deployment of the national human and material means so that Member States carry out the controls and inspections. They relate to fisheries according to a Specific Control and Inspection Programme or an international control scheme.
EFCA, in cooperation with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and the European Maritime Safety Agency, supports national authorities carrying out coast guard functions.
EFCA’s added value lies in its contribution to a Europe-wide level playing field for the fishing industry so that European rules are respected by all and that all players involved in the fishing sector are treated equally, wherever they might be operating.
The CFP also contributes towards sustainable fisheries by improving compliance with existing conservation and management measures to the benefit of present and future generations.