Maritime affairs and fisheries
Commissioner Damanaki took part in the workshop "Knowledge for a better understanding and use of resources: the case of mapping the seafloor", hosted by the European Parliament Member Maria do Céu Patrão Neves.
Data and information gathered through seabed mapping can help define marine protected areas and help business to take informed decisions on investments in marine and maritime activities. These examples show how the mapping the seafloor is of importance both for the Common Fisheries Policy and the EU maritime policy.
The European Parliament Committee on Fisheries organised an interparliamentary committee meeting with representatives of national parliaments, to debate on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Four parliamentarians from each Member State were invited to participate. Commissioner Damanaki introduced the main elements of the proposals.
The Committee of the Regions is the first EU body to discuss a daft opinion on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Commissioner Damanaki attended the Plenary Meeting of the Committee to present the main points of the proposals.
Commissioner Damanaki visited the European Fisheries Control Agency, in Vigo. She met with the Executive Director of the Agency, Mr Pascal Savouret, and the staff, to present and discuss common priorities.
HRH the Prince of Wales launched his International Sustainability Unit Marine Programme. Commissioner Damanaki has been invited to respond and addressed the need for reforming the EU Common Fisheries Policy, to meet the challenges identified by the Programme.
Also Adriana Giudice Alva (Chief Executive Officer, Austral group), David Nusbaum (Chief Executive, WWF UK), Elizabeth Thompson (Executive Coordinator of UNCSD Rio+20) and the UK Parliamentary Under Secretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon MP intervened at the event.