Aquaculture, or the farming of aquatic plants and animals such as fish, shellfish and algae, takes place all around the EU. Many citizens have an interest in the sector, ranging from consumers of fish to citizens in the local communities where aquaculture takes place. This consultation gives all individuals and organisations wishing to express a view on the Open Method of Coordination for EU aquaculture to do so. The Open Method of Coordination is the process through which the European Commission and the Member States collaborate to support and encourage the sustainable development of aquaculture in the EU.
Objective of the consultation
The objective of this consultation is to gather opinion and perception about the coordination of EU aquaculture policy across Member States through the Open Method of Coordination.
How to submit your response
The online questionnaire (link below) takes about 20 minutes to complete.
The online questionnaire allows respondents to upload a document, such as a position paper. Together with the responses to the questionnaire, any such documents will be taken into account in the analysis of the results.
The questionnaire is accessible in 23 languages.
View the questionnaire
Context of the consultation
The Open Method of Coordination for aquaculture is the process through which the European Commission and the Member States collaborate to support and encourage the sustainable development of aquaculture in the EU. The Open Method of Coordination for aquaculture consists primarily of regular best practice workshops for national authorities to share knowledge and exchange information on simplification and effective regulation to promote growth in the sector.
The EU has also produced guidance, provides funding to help Member States achieve their goals, and regularly checks on progress and actions implemented by the Member States. The Open Method of Coordination for aquaculture was established (as part of the Common Fisheries Policy of 2014). Under this process, Member States developed Multiannual National Aquaculture Plans on the basis of Strategic Guidelines from the Commission. These plans outline their targets for development until 2020.
In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.
Protection of personal data
The policy on “protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions” is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.
Please, note that regardless the option chosen, your contribution may be subject to a request for access to documents under Regulation 1049/2001 on public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. In this case, the request will be assessed against the conditions set out in the Regulation and in accordance with applicable data protection rules.