Press conference by Maria Damanaki on the presentation of the Aquaculture Guidelines Communication: extracts

Type: Summary of press conference   Référence: I077864   Durée: 03:19  Lieu: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 29 April 2013, Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, give a press conference on the presentation of the Aquaculture Guidelines Communication. To boost the development of EU aquaculture, the European Commission issued strategic guidelines, thereby cooperating with Member States and stakeholders in overcoming the challenges facing the sector. The EU aquaculture sector has a significant growth potential and can help to spare overexploited sea resources. The Guidelines presented during the press conference will help coordinate efforts across all Member States. They do not create new legal obligations, but present a series of voluntary steps that Member States, the Commission, and stakeholders can take to promote an industry that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and provides consumers with healthy, high-quality seafood.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels 00:00:03
00:00:08 Arrival of Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries 00:00:06
00:00:14 Soundbite by Maria Damanaki (in ENGLISH): The Commission is taking an initiative to boost the economic performance of aquaculture in Europe. This is a timely proposal. Why? Because at EU level, the gap between seafood consumption and production from wild fisheries keeps growing due to overfishing. Moreover, the EU aquaculture industry is not growing as quickly as the gap between our needs and our production. 00:00:33
00:00:47 Maria Damanaki 00:00:03
00:00:50 Soundbite by Maria Damanaki (in ENGLISH): We have received a lot of input from our Member States. It seems that the medium time for investors to have a licence for aquaculture production is 3 years; if we have an investor in our Member States and would like to have an investment on aquaculture, it will take 3 years. This is because of the huge red tape which is there so we need to eliminate this red tape and try to have better practises. 00:00:32
00:01:22 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
00:01:26 Soundbite by Maria Damanaki (in ENGLISH): The second main problem in Europe for aquaculture is the competition for access to space; we don't have enough space in order to produce more. The Commission has already tabled a proposal for a Directive on integrated spatial planning and coastal zones management. This can give aquaculture more space because we are going to find out the zones on which we can have aquaculture production or tourism or fisheries, transport or other activities in the sea. 00:00:36
00:02:02 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:02:06 Soundbite by Maria Damanaki (in ENGLISH): We need an aquaculture that can be more competitive. It is for sure that we have the best quality in the entire world. But we need diversification and a new species production. Also we need better coordination of the sector; so our new funding instrument for fisheries and aquaculture after the fisheries reform is going to give more boosts on that. 00:00:33
00:02:39 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:02:43 Soundbite by Maria Damanaki (in ENGLISH): We are going to have new labelling rules trough our fisheries reform. Our proposals on labelling are currently being discussed between Council and Parliament in the framework of the reform. We are also going to introduce new labels like organic aquaculture and also we are going to have a promotion campaign in order to help producers highlight their local qualities throughout Europe. 00:00:32
00:03:15 Departure of Maria Damanaki 00:00:04
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