Market Advisory Council

As established by the Common Fisheries Policy, the MAC provides advice to the European Commission and EU Member States on matters relevant for the market of fishery and aquaculture products.

The MAC is a stakeholder-led organisation composed of representatives of the entire seafood value chain (primary producers, processors, traders, suppliers, retailers, trade unions) and other interest groups (environmental and development NGOs).

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Since 2016, the MAC has published several pieces of advice on topics connected to fishery and aquaculture products, such as:
Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
Fisheries control system
European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
Marketing standards framework
Trade with third countries
Level playing field
Consumer information


June 2024
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An annual work programme is prepared by the Executive Committee, in cooperation with the European Commission, and approved by the General Assembly

Following requests from EU institutions or proposals from members, advice is prepared by one of the three Working Groups and is latter put forward for consideration and adoption by the Executive Committee. The MAC strives for consensus in all drafts.

Meetings are periodically organised to undertake this work. Reimbursement is provided.
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