Visit of Commissioner Mrs Maria Damanaki to Athens
The Member of the European Commission responsible for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mrs. Maria Damanaki, met in Athens today with the Greek Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Mrs Tina Birbili.
Discussions focused on the development of aquaculture in Greece.
Mrs Damanaki stressed that, nowadays, aquaculture is one of the few sectors where Greece has a leading role at European level. Referring to the special framework for spatial planning and sustainable development, on which the Greek Ministry for the Environment is currently working, Mrs Damanaki considered it as exceptional, pointing out that this special framework solves important problems in a positive way, as its priority is eco-friendly aquaculture - which implements EU policy of "green" and "blue" development. Furthermore, the Commissioner stressed that the European Commission is considering using it as a model for other interested member states.
Mrs Damanaki congratulated the Greek Minister for the significant progress made by the transitional regime on the functioning and development of aquaculture in regions where the required spatial plans are not yet adopted. She added that "the European Commission remains at the disposal of the Greek government so as to rapidly release the funds allocated to Greece for the further development of aquaculture"