Commissioner Maria Damanaki
In the framework of the "EU Open Days - 9th European Week of Regions and Cities" Commissioner Damanaki took part, with Commissioners Hahn and Andor and Ms. Loretta Dormal-Marino, Deputy Director-General in DG Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission, in a debate on the ways in which cohesion policy, and also rural development and fisheries policies, can contribute to the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy.
In the framework of her visit to Norway, Commissioner Damanaki addressed the Seminar High North, organized by the Norwegian Shipowners' Association.
At the Arctic Future Symposium 2011, organized by the Internatinal Polar Foundation with the support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Commissioner Maria Damanaki highlighted the need for ensuring that the emerging industrialisation and exploitation of Arctic resources follow the highest environmental and safety standards, respect the Arctic indigenous communities and is accessible to all business on a level playing field.
Maritime affairs and fisheries
As part of the series of events in preparation for the conference Rio+20 next year, the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag organized the Congress "RIO + 20: Are the Oceans Sinking?", with the participation of scientists and representatives of various protection and user associations, to discuss a vast array of topics related to the protection of the sea.
Commissioner Damanaki took part in the Congress, with Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Dr. Norbert Röttgen MdB, German Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
Commissioner Damanaki meets Ministers and Secretary of State from Romania and Bulgaria, as well as Members of the European Parliament, and high level senior officials from FAO, the Wolrd Bank and the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, to discuss the EU agenda for the Black Sea.
Several issues are on the agenda: fisheries cooperation, cross-border and cross-sectoral cooperation in coastguard functions, maritime safety, security and ship pollution prevention, marine and maritime research.
Conference "New Challenges and Opportunities facing Marine Fisheries Science", The Fishmongers' Company (London) - Commissioner Maria Damanaki discussed science in marine fisheries management and its importance in the framework of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy at the Fishmongers' Company, in London.
The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy - Presentation before the European Economic and Social Committee
Commissioner Maria Damanaki presented the Commission proposals for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy at the public hearing organized by the European Economic and Social Committee.