Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy: last stakeholders' conference on the reform to take place tomorrow
Three European Commissioners and a wide range of stakeholders will speak at the conference entitled "Another Future for Fisheries" tomorrow, 16 November in Brussels. The event, hosted by European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki, will feature speeches by Commissioner for Research and Innovation Ms Màire Geoghegan-Quinn and by Environment Commissioner Mr Janez Potocnik.
The conference officially closes the consultation on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy before the Commission starts drawing up concrete proposals.
It is a new format in that the key note speakers will not be the customary interested parties or politicians, but rather people who, by working in the fisheries sector, have come up with remarkably effective and ground-breaking projects.
"Our industry often contains unsuspected centres of excellence, with smart, hard-working men and women who find original solutions to the sector's problems. We need to look at those practical solutions to find inspiration for a greener, simpler and more effective CFP, which should be shaped around the people it affects", says Commissioner Damanaki.
After short introductory speeches by the three Commissioners, the floor will be given to a number of success stories which virtually cover all aspects of the reform - from conservation, aquaculture and discards to the role of women and consumers - and which, whether carried out with private or public money, have one thing in common: they mark undisputed progress in the fisheries sector and could forge new approaches for the future policy.
Over lunch, participants will be able to watch (and taste!) as several chefs prepare recipes with 5 different types of sustainable fish – thus showing that sustainable fish can be easy to cook, inexpensive and delicious.
The conference is organised by the Commission and is destined to participants from the fishing industry, administrations, scientists, researchers, conservation organisations, NGOs and the press.
For more info : Conference on the CFP Reform: "Another future for fisheries"