Commissioner Maria Damanaki
Commissioner Maria Damanaki represented the European Commission at the 20th Anniversary Summit of the Heads of State or Government of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), in Istanbul. BSEC Heads of State and Government will addressed the goals of the BSEC for the next 10 years.
Commissioner Maria Damanaki took part in the hearing "Island Transport Connectivity and the Green Transformation of the Shipbuilding Industry", hosted by Nikos Chrysogelos, Member of the European Parliament.
Maritime affairs and fisheries
Commissioner Maria Damanaki visited Malta to discuss maritime policy issues and the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy with the Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and Ministers Pullicino, Gatt, De Marco, Members of Parliament and local stakeholders. Ms Damanaki discussed the views of the Maltese Parliament on the EU Integrated Maritime Policy and on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy with the members of Foreign and European Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, before meeting fishermen's associations, non-governmental organisations and representatives of the aquaculture sector.
Conference "Regional Fisheries Management Organisations – Fit for the Future"
Brussels, Charlemagne Building, 1 June 2012
Commissioner Maria Damanaki hosted a full day event to discuss on how Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) need to manage fisheries in the most efficient and sustainable way across the world's oceans. The conference brought together, for the first time, representatives, chairs and executive secretaries from 15 RFMOs stretching from the North Atlantic to the South Antarctic and from the Indian Ocean to the West Pacific. The event aims to enhance dialogue amongst RFMOs and to exchange views on policies which will make RFMOs fit for the challenges of the future. Guest speaker Dr Jane Lubchenco, US Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, explained how US fisheries policy initiatives relate to RFMO management.