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Technical Meeting 2023 RCG ECON

The highly anticipated RCG Econ Technical Meeting is set to take place from 5th to 8th June 2023, in Brussels. It brings together expert groups to assist the Commission in the implementation of the (DCF) Data Collection Framework concerning the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy. The event aims to foster collaboration and drive advancements in economic data collection, analysis, and decision-making processes.

The meeting will commence on Monday, June 5th, with a warm welcome and introduction to set the stage for productive discussions. The agenda includes crucial sessions such as feedback from ISSG Fish Processing, stakeholder feedback presentation by the European Commission, and feedback from ISSG Regional Work Plan (Regional Work Plan) and Economic Issues RWP approval. The first day will conclude with a summary of the discussions.

On Tuesday, June 6th, participants will explore topics such as data needs to support the energy transition in EU fisheries and aquaculture, the evaluation of tangible and intangible capital values, and the effects of alternative segmentation. Additionally, there will be feedback from the STECF EWGs, STECF EWG social & ICES social, and insights into the analytical framework for National and Community profiles. Followed by a wrap-up session of the discussions.

Wednesday, June 7th, will feature sessions on the roadmap for the quality assurance framework in work plans, improving data collection using digital methods, combining FDI and AER data calls, and the effect of inflation on data collection programs. Furthermore, updating and approving the guidance documents for economic data collection will be discussed. The day will conclude with a session on the future of the RCG secretariat, involving combined discussions with RCG Baltic and  RCG NANSEA, followed by a summary of the day’s outcomes.

The meeting will conclude on Thursday, June 8th, with a session on developing a module for socioeconomic data from the Mediterranean and Black Seas countries as part of the RDBFIS II project. Participants will also engage in drafting recommendations and the final report. The event will culminate with a summary and an overview of the intersessional work for 2023-2024, along with tasks that lie ahead.