AIPCE (EU Fish Processors and Traders Association) and CEP (European Federation of National Organizations of Importers and Exporters of Fish) were established in 1959 and collaborate on the basis of a Co-operation Agreement, creating AIPCE-CEP.
The association represents 19 EU National Associations from 12 Member States and 3 National Associations in Third countries (UK, Norway, Morocco), accounts for more than 3,900 enterprises and 128,000 persons (more than 80% representativeness at EU level). The value of the output of the industry represented by AIPCE-CEP amounts to around EUR 30 billion, about three and a half times the turnover of the EU catch sector.
Mr. Poul Melgaard Jensen
All trade-related agenda in AIPCE-CEP is handled by the Trade Working Group. The main areas covered by this WG:
- Contribute and be updated on current trade relations/negotiations and FTAs (keep contact with DG Trade)
- BREXIT negotiations and the position of EU Fish processors and traders’ industry
- Close monitoring of IUU procedure with non-cooperating countries
- Ongoing monitoring of ATQs implementation M
- Marketing Standards
- Improve access to supply through ATQ system and follow-up of tariff issues.
- Evaluation of market trends and balance of supply/demand.
- Contribution to trade negotiations, follow-up of trade agreements, analysis of trade barriers/restrictions (e.g. sanitary requirements, IUU bans).
Ms. Paulien Prent
All regulatory developments and labelling-related issues are handled by AIPCE-CEP Food Law and Labelling Working Group. The main areas that are currently under discussion:
- Active involvement and close follow-up of relevant regulatory developments and harmonized implementation.
Mr. Luciano Pirovano
Ms. Jennie Montell
All sustainability and corporate social responsibility issues related to the industry are handled by AIPCE-CEP Sustainability Working Group. The main areas that are currently under discussion:
- Industry responsible approach to sustainable sourcing and processing.
- Provide platform for coordination of representation in Advisory Councils, ensure AIPCE-CEP – ensure AIPCE-CEP presence in order to convey our views with streamlined messages.
- Monitor on implementation of Control and IUU regulations.
- Closely follow developments in the Marketing Advisory Council.
- Improvement of communication on industry commitment to environmental and social responsibility and traceability.
- Proactive Reputation building: to communicate positively on industry achievements.