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The European Commission regrets that, despite substantial progress, Parliament and Council could not agree on the few outstanding issues at yesterday's trialogue on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

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Cooperation in the Black Sea – Commissioner Damanaki in Romania and Bulgaria

Press release - 28/3/2012

Commissioner Maria Damanaki, in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, visits Romania and Bulgaria on 29 and 30 March, respectively, to discuss maritime and fisheries-related issues and cooperation in the Black Sea basin.

Ms Damanaki will meet Mr Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, Prime Minister of Romania, and Mr Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria. Ministers, members of national parliaments and stakeholders are her other interlocutors. The Romanian part of the trip will focus more on aquaculture, with the Commissioner visiting a fish farm. In Bulgaria, fisheries issues will dominate the agenda. On 29 March Commissioner Damanaki will speak at a conference "EU policies at the Black Sea: enhancing regional cooperation" held in Bucharest by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania. Commissioner Damanaki said: "My visit is going to focus on fisheries and integrated maritime policy issues - with a strong Black Sea angle. Cooperation is of strategic importance for the Black Sea region. The countries around the basin need to enhance cooperation to tackle the challenges such as illegal fishing or pollution, and to make most of the opportunities in trade or tourism. The Commission stands ready to facilitate this process".