Global and local issues on the agenda as Commissioner Damanaki visits France
European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, arrived in France this morning for a two-day visit, during which she will attend the fifth Global Oceans Conference at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and hold a series of meetings in Brittany.
The Commissioner will deliver a keynote speech at the UNESCO Conference, where all sectors of the global oceans community come together to address major policy issues. She will outline the latest moves to take the European Union's Integrated Maritime Policy forward, and highlight the potential for maritime policy to fuel sustained recovery and growth in a number of areas. She will notably stress the need for economic growth, social development and environmental protection to go hand in hand. The Commissioner will also call for better cooperation between international maritime organisations and reiterate the EU's commitment to international and bilateral dialogue and cooperation to bolster global maritime governance. At this occasion, the Commissioner will also meet Ms Chantal Jouannon Secretary of State for Ecology in France.
Later today, Commissioner Damanaki will travel to Brittany for a visit to the Platform for Renewable Marine Energies at the headquarters of the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) in Brest. IFREMER is the lead organisation for this ambitious project, which seeks to bring together public and private research and promote innovation among French businesses. The Commissioner will also have a meeting with Jean-Yves Le Drian, regional president of Brittany, and a number of prominent maritime players. On Friday 7 May, the Commissioner will be joined in Brittany by Mr Bruno Lemaire, France's fisheries minister, and will be in St Brieuc to meet with the fishing industry to discuss a range of issues of importance to them, including the most relevant aspects of the ongoing Common Fisheries Policy reform process.