At present, it is believed that there could be considerable differences between national approaches and harmonising these approaches would allow for more effective management.
The initial workshop will be only a core group of experts: an independent (non-EU) chair to oversee the whole process and assure objectivity and respect of the outcomes; the WGEEL chair to ensure good linkages to relevant national experts; and an external expert with experience stock assessment. These experts would review data and methods and make new calculations where needed.
Progress will be discussed with data providers and stock assessors back to back with WGEEL.
The final workshop of the core group of experts will complete the reporting.