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Issue #20, 17 July 2014
ISSN 2315-084X

Coordinated maritime surveillance for safer and more secure seas

The European Commission took a further step towards a more effective and cost-efficient surveillance of European Seas by announcing the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE). By bringing together surveillance data from civil and military authorities like coast guards, navies, and fisheries and border control, duplication of work can be avoided and a potential €400 million worth of savings can be made every year.
Mediterranean still heavily overfished as Northeast Atlantic fish stocks recover
Fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic continue their recovery but serious overfishing persists in the Mediterranean Sea. That's the conclusion of the this year's report on the state of fish stocks. The document is now open to the views of stakeholders via an online public consultation, before the Commission makes its proposals for the 2015 fishing opportunities this autumn.
Blue Growth a priority as EU launches Adriatic and Ionian Strategy
Better cooperation between countries in the Adriatic and Ionian regions is needed to address shared challenges and better exploit joint opportunities. This Strategy seeks to facilitate this co-ordination and will help the regions' 70 million citizens to benefit from a boost in the maritime economy, the preservation of the marine environment, stronger transport and energy links and increased tourism.
EU-Morocco Fishing Partnership Agreement comes into force as new four-year Protocol agreed with Madagascar
The EU's Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Morocco, agreed last year, has now come into force following official ratification by Morocco. The EU vessels will receive certain fishing rights in Moroccan waters in return for financial assistance by the EU to develop the Moroccan fishery sector.
How to understand and apply the Common Market Organisation Regulation
The CMO will help professional organisations with the day-to-day implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy's reform goals and allow them to manage their activities in a business-like and market-oriented manner. The regulation, which came into force this year, substantially changes EU funding in this field, provides for new production & marketing plans, and improves consumer information requirements to help consumers make more informed choices. This set of FAQs will help you understand the new requirements and help apply the new Regulation.
Call for experts: structured dialogue under ESI Funds (deadline 05/08)
The European Commission is looking for organisations to join the recently established structured dialogue group of experts on the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Among others areas, this is particularly relevant for the Common Fisheries Policy and the Integrated Maritime Policy, through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
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