Extracts from the joint press conference by Maria Damanaki and Janez Potočnik on the CFP Reform "Another future for fisheries"
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 16/11/2010 First transmission: 16/11/2010
The European Commission organised on the 16th of November 2010 a stakeholder conference in order to gather the views and opinions of the wider society, on how it could be shaped the future of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). This meeting officially closed the consultation on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy before the Commission started drawing up concrete proposals.
Two Members of the EC and a wide range of stakeholders attended the conference entitled "Another Future for Fisheries", that covered all aspects of the reform from conservation and aquaculture.
The event was hosted by Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and by Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment.
They gave both a joint press conference after the meeting.
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 where the conference takes place
||General views of the conference (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Afdfairs: We certainly cannot afford "business as usual". This is the simple truth. "Business as usual" would mean perpetuating the structural overcapacity of our fleet and keep overfishing. "Business as usual" would mean fighting over individual catch quotas year after year, in a desperate attempt to protect short-term interests. "Business as usual" would mean maintaining a top-down approach which does not empower the industry and does not promote a culture of compliance. Instead, we need radical change. We need change simply because we want to keep fishing. This is my main signal: if we want to keep fishing, this is as simple as that, we need change.
||Cutaway of people attending the conference
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Maria Damanaki: The new policy needs to be one that leaves no room for discards; I would like to insist on it. It needs to be one that better protects sensitive areas like spawning grounds and coral reefs. The new policy needs to be one that takes care of the small scale vessels, as they often contribute to a vital extent to the social fabric and well being of our coastal communities. And because more than 50% of the fish we eat comes from imports, the new policy needs to be one that promotes sustainable fishing also beyond EU waters.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment: We aim for good environmental status for European seas by 2020. Good environmental status means healthy and productive seas with fishing kept at sustainable levels. We need to move in a direction which means that fishing doesn't exterminate fishes.
||Cutaway of a cameraman
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Janez Potočnik: Public funding for any increase of fishing capacity and fishing power has to stop. Reform will be necessary and other areas too particularly when it comes to governance, because sustainable exploitation will need better control inspections and also sanctions. I'm afraid the culture of compliance within the sector is too weak.
||General view of the conference