Commissioner Damanaki meets FAO Director General, Mr José Graziano da Silva
Commissioner Maria Damanaki met with Mr José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. The meeting focussed on food, nutrition security issues and global fisheries.
FAO is at the heart of world Food Security and the EU is consistently the largest single source of voluntary funding to the Organisation.
At the margins of the meeting, Commissioner Damanaki said: "The Common Fisheries Policy, including its external dimension, has the objective of sustainable management of fisheries resources. Our policy contributes to food security within and outside the EU - its purpose is to make healthy protein sources in form of fish and seafood available in a sustained and predictable manner. Bringing back fish stocks to sustainable exploitation levels, eliminating discards, reducing overcapacity and applying a zero tolerance to IUU fishing are goals that we must pursue at global level. I am convinced that our work with FAO will contribute to deliver tangible results in many aspects related to these areas."
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