Public opinion mobilizes to support an ambitious reform of EU fisheries policy
Non-governmental organisations, such as Fish Fight and Greenpeace, put in place initiatives to support an overhaul of the EU Common Fisheries Policy in several EU countries as the EU fisheries Ministers' Council meeting takes place.
EU media are also engaging for the ambitious reform proposed by the Commission. On Sunday, the Sunday Times presented its own "Agenda for saving the seas", which reiterates many of the objectives spelled out in the Commission proposal. Commissioner Damanaki said: "Putting an end to the disgraceful practice of discards and allowing fish stocks to rebuild at a level that would allow for safeguarding ecosystems while offering the maximum income for our fishermen is common sense: I am not surprised that people support our proposal. I very much hope that EU Ministers and the European Parliament will listen to the many calls for bold reforms".