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ALBANIA

EU-compatible legislation has been approved and will now be implemented

The path to EU accession is a demanding one Albania is a candidate country to join the EU and legislation governing the ďŹ sheries and aquaculture sector has to be aligned with the relevant EU laws. In the Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture this has been a priority for Arian Palluqi, the Director, who discusses here some of the achievements as well as the challenges that are facing the sector. The recent election in Albania enabled a party that was previously governing in coalition to now rule on its own. What changes do you anticipate this will bring to the administration of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Albania. What are the new government’s priorities for this sector? After the last election, the new governing programme foresees full support to the fisheries and aquaculture sector, and the implementation of all the EU recommendations mentioned in the different EU Progess Reports (2012-2016). The overall objective is to increase the contribution of the fisheries sector to the economic development of Albania by improving the management and protection of fishery resources in line with the EU Common Fishery Policy. This is to be achieved by building the fishery administration’s capacity to design, implement, enforce and monitor the relevant policy measures and regulations. The focus will be the resource and the fleet management including data collection as well as the enforcement of the inspection and control capacity in the sea, in all ports and different landing sites. Laws on fisheries (from 2012) and on aquaculture (from 2016)

have been approved. What are the salient features of these pieces of legislation and which are the issues they address? The law on fisheries has been further completed by bylaws in full accordance with EU Regulations and GFCM recommendations. The second one, the law �On Aquaculture� aims to implement AZA (Allocation Zones for Aquaculture). This is a major challenge that combines aspects of spatial planning with those of effective governance, aquaculture sustainability, and environmental friendliness, as well as taking into account the socioeconomic aspects associated with this activity. On the other hand, the preparation of AZA will avoid conflicts between other actors such as those responsible for the development of tourism, conservation of cultural heritage, maritime transport etc. Well-designed policies are important for the fisheries sector, but effective implementation is critical. What measures are being taken to ensure the wholehearted implementation of the laws in both letter and spirit? Further to what I have already said, I would like to emphasise the

Arian Palluqi, Director, Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Albanian Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration

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