Commissioner Maria Damanaki
Commissioner Maria Damanaki delivered a keynote speech at the dialogue seminar, organised by the Bureau of European Policy Advisers of the European Commission.
Commissioner Maria Damanaki addressed with the opening speech the participants in the annual meeting of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, looking at new opportunities in maritime and coastal tourism.
EU Integrated Maritime Policy is an important tool in boosting growth and creating jobs in Europe and is among the priorities of the Cyprus Presidency, which organises a high-level Ministerial Conference on the topic, in Limassol, on 7 and 8 October. The Conference is the opportunity to confirm a common commitment towards the objectives set in the Blue Growth Communication, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Demetris Christofias, the President of the European Commission, Mr. Demetris Christofias, the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso and Commissioner Maria Damanaki. During the meeting, the Cyprus Presidency is aiming to adopt the Limassol Declaration, which will become the milestone for the future development of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy.
Commissioner Damanaki delivered a keynote speech at the 3rd edition of the Arctic Futures Symposium. The conference is the opportunity for business representatives, NGOs, policymakers, scientists, academics to discuss future scenarios for the Arctic. Other keynote speakers include Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Belgian Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders. In July, Commissioner Damanaki and Vice-President Ashton have presented a Communication outlining the EU's future contribution to the Arctic region.
Maritime affairs and fisheries
On the occasion of the celebration of the 10th European Week of Regions and Cities, Commissioner Maria Damanaki presented her views on the construction of an Adriatic-Ionian strategy.
Commissioner Maria Damanaki intervened at the EU Council of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries, in the framework of the debate on the Commission's proposal on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
Commissioner Damanaki intervened at the seminar "Future Fisheries", organised in Brussels by the University of Tromsø (UiT). The seminar is to present Norwegian research related to the governance challenges that fisheries management is facing from an international perspective, with a particular focus on European fisheries and the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.