Commissioner Maria Damanaki
Dear Presidents of the European Engineering Organisations, Dear Distinguished Guests and Participants,
The economic situation Europe has stepped in is undoubtedly of critical importance. Crisis is here, showing its teeth. Fostering development and growth and creating jobs has now become our main target. We need to act in a responsible and effective manner. The debate on more economic coordination and integration is already open. The European Summit, next door, has to give positive signals. We need to decide when and how we will transform our monetary union into an economic union.
Besides macro-economic reforms, the European Union has to continue the reforms of its financial services. Inappropriate behavior on the side of the market forces has cost us a lot so far.
Seminar "The Future of Marine and Maritime Innovation in Europe" (European Parliament) -
"The new blue economy" was the theme of Commissioner Damanaki's intervention at the seminar on the "Future of Marine and Maritime Innovation in Europe", organised by CPMR, KDM and IFREMER, in collaboration with Ms Gesine Meissner, Member of the European Parliament and Member of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Seas and Coastal Areas. The seminar brought together representatives of the maritime communities, European institutions, national and regional authorities, to reflect on maritime priorities in the context of EU financial programmes.
Commissioner Damanaki discussed the proposals for a reform of the Common Fisheries Policy with the Members of the European Parliament Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.