Press conference by Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC, on the fight against illegal fishing
Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, gave a press conference on the fight against illegal fishing. The EC decided to intensify its fight against illegal fishing by identifying Belize, Cambodia and Guinea as non-cooperating third countries. Despite the Commission working closely with the countries' authorities to set up fisheries management and effective control measures, these three countries had still not addressed structural problems and failed to show real commitment to tackling the problem of illegal fishing. The Commission then proposed to the Council of Ministers to adopt trade measures against the three countries in order to tackle the commercial benefits stemming from these illegal activities. Ultimately, fisheries products caught by vessels from these countries will be banned from being imported into the EU.
Maria Damanaki, at the podium Reference:P-024523 Date:26/11/2013