EU/US cooperation against illegal fishing worldwide
Commissioner Maria Damanaki welcomed in Brussels her US counterpart, Dr Jane Lubchenco, US Under-Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
Read more and comment on Maria Damanaki's blog "Sustainability must not stop at borders"
Commissioner Damanaki and Dr Lubchenco took part in a European Parliament hearing on EU/US cooperation at the international level to promote sustainable fisheries management in Regional Fisheries Management Organisations and other international fora. A key area of joint action is the fight against IUU (Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated) fishing where cooperation was enshrined in form of a joint statement signed by Commissioner Damanaki and Dr Lubchenco in the US in September last year. The event has also been an opportunity for Commissioner Damanaki to present her views on how sustainability can be achieved worldwide in the context of the Common Fisheries Policy reform. Dr Lubchenco gave her view in that respect and described accomplishments by US policy.
"Oceans and Seas: our common future" - Commissioner Damanaki's speech at the European Parliament hearing
European Parliament Remarks by Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA
On 31 May, Commissioner Damanaki and Dr Lubchenco discussed sustainable fisheries management and the international fight against illegal fishing with representatives of fisheries stakeholders and NGOs.
Read more and comment on Maria Damanaki's blog "Illegal fishing: together we can win"
On Friday 1st June, both Commissioner Damanaki and Dr Lubchenco discussed about the role of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations at the high-level conference organised by the European Commission at the Charlemagne building, in Brussels.
"Making Regional Fisheries Management Organisations fit for the future" - Commissioner Damanaki's speech at the conference