Commissioner Damanaki welcomes election of new ACFA chairman
European Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki has welcomed the election of Mr Gerard van Balsfoort as new chairman of the EU's Advisory Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (ACFA).
Commissioner Damanaki said: "I would like to congratulate Mr van Balsfoort on his election as ACFA chairman. I know that with his vast experience and expertise we can make real progress for a better future for Europe's seas, resources, fisheries and maritime communities. I very much look forward to working with ACFA over the coming years so that we continue and strengthen the solid and fruitful partnership we have already established."
Mr van Balsfoort, from the Netherlands, represents ship-owners within COGECA (General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives in the European Union) and shares the vice-presidency of the Europêche association, has been elected to serve as ACFA chairman until 2013. Commissioner Damanaki also took the opportunity to thank the previous chairman, Mr Guus Pastoor for his excellent work. The Advisory Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (ACFA) provides a forum for ongoing dialogue with the industry. Its members represent the main branches of the industry – production, processing and trade, in both fisheries and aquaculture, as well as consumer groups and organisations dealing with environmental protection and development.