Commissioner Damanaki replies to PEW Environment Group on fisheries issues
Commissioner Maria Damanaki replied to the letter she received from PEW Environment Group on fisheries issues [131 KB] .
Dear Dr. Lieberman, Dear Ms. Bellion,
I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for your letter dated 27 November 2012 and your kind words regarding the leadership role of the European Commission on a number of important issues in the domain of fisheries policy.
I have consistently supported a science-based policy aiming to ensure sustainability worldwide. This applies without any doubt to sharks, where as you have pointed out, good progress has been made on a real ban on shark finning and at ICCAT at the RFMO level.
I am committed to securing further progress on these issues, as well as on the ongoing Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in the coming months.