71st Plenary session of the Committee of the Regions: presentation of the action plan for maritime policy by Joe Borg (extracts)
End production: 10/10/2007 First transmission: 10/10/2007
At the 71st Plenary session of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, Joe Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, unveiled the European Commission's "Blue Paper" action plan for maritime policy, which was adopted by the College of Commissioners. The Committee of the Regions was the first political body to examine the paper, which is the result of a year-long consultation aimed at achieving greater coordination and coherence between the EU's various maritime activities, in order to deliver added economic, environmental and social value. Joe Borg will be returning to the Committee of the Regions in November to take part in the Blue Planet Forum (27-29 November 2007), organised with the Commission's Directorate General for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, to give other stakeholders an opportunity to respond to the "Blue Paper" proposals.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Charlemagne building
||Map of the European regions (outside the conference room)
||Arrival of Joe Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, at the plenary session
||Cutaway of audience
||General view of the meeting room
||Joe Borg (in ENGLISH) saying that the oceans and seas are Europe's live blood, acting as a channel for trade, a source of food and a preferred location for citizens to spend their leisure time; they are also linked to some of the greatest challenges that Europe is facing, meaning climate change, globalisation, maximising Europe's competitiveness, reversing the decline of biodiversity or stimulating the creation of jobs; one of the key things that we can do to face these challenges is to move from fragmented decision taking and policy making to a comprehensive style of governance where individual sectors are looked at as parts of a whole
||Joe Borg (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission's vision is for an integrated maritime policy that covers all aspects of Europe's relationship with the oceans and seas, to provide a coherent policy framework that will allow for the optimal development of all sea related activities in a sustainable manner
||Cutaways (4 shots)