97 blog posts
  • EU fisheries policy is a win-win - Recovering fish stocks and profitable fleets
    Published by Karmenu Vella11 December 2017

    EU fisheries policy is a win-win - Recovering fish stocks and profitable fleets

    The December Fisheries Council starts today. It is an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to make sure that European fishermen have enough fish stocks. This will ensure the long term future of their industry.
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  • The European Union made such a big contribution to UN Environment Assembly, because we worked together
    Published by Karmenu Vella7 December 2017

    The European Union made such a big contribution to UN Environment Assembly, because we worked together

    The Third Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) was the most successful so far. “Towards a Pollution Free Planet” was the theme. For the first time, we had formal conclusions. These represent political commitment to act on pollution. In particular we agreed to act on the scourge of plastic waste. From a global perspective and from an EU perspective, we can be proud.
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  • Our sense of urgency on plastic waste is fast being converted into action
    Published by Karmenu Vella5 December 2017

    Our sense of urgency on plastic waste is fast being converted into action

    Representing the European Union at the UN Environment Assembly this week is a huge honour. An even bigger honour is to be part of this global effort to beat pollution.
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  • For more than 15 years now, EU Green Week has been a highlight of Europe's environmental calendar.
    Published by Karmenu Vella20 November 2017

    For more than 15 years now, EU Green Week has been a highlight of Europe's environmental calendar.

    Thousands gather for one week every summer to launch the newest green ideas and to share even more...
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  • Open Access Government – November edition
    Published by Karmenu Vella15 November 2017

    Open Access Government – November edition

    Originally published in November 2017 edition of 'Adjacent Government' http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=dcdb7688-87d6-4a76-b194-d44e2fa5cb01&pnum=302
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  • The European Union delivers as global ocean leader with €7 billion in pledges
    Published by Karmenu Vella6 November 2017

    The European Union delivers as global ocean leader with €7 billion in pledges

    On 5-6 October 2017 the European Union hosted the Our Ocean Conference in my home country, Malta. Our aim was to match the €5 billion in commitments secured at the 2016 edition, held in Washington D.C. In fact, we overshot this target by a full forty percent with over €7 billion in commitments made. Participants also announced the creation of new marine protected areas spanning more than 2.5 million km², or more than half the size of the entire European Union.
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  • Malta returns to the global stage on ocean protection
    Published by Karmenu Vella2 October 2017

    Malta returns to the global stage on ocean protection

    50 years ago, Malta stood proudly on the global stage on Ocean protection. At the United Nations in 1967, Malta's own Arvid Pardo became known as the 'father of the law of the sea conference'. This conference, and Pardo's work, set in place the laws that still govern our planet's seas and oceans.
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  • WWF new Mediterranean report launched, foreword from Commissioner Karmenu VELLA
    Published by Karmenu Vella29 September 2017

    WWF new Mediterranean report launched, foreword from Commissioner Karmenu VELLA

    The Mediterranean Sea is deeply embedded in the cultures, livelihoods and social structure of the nations that surround it. Some of my earliest memories growing up in Malta are of the central role the Mediterranean Sea played for our family and society. Developing the blue economy of the Mediterranean has often been seen as a frontier with infinite possibilities to resolve many of the challenges and improve livelihoods of Mediterranean communities.
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  • An Ambitious Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy
    Published by Karmenu Vella18 August 2017

    An Ambitious Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy

    Protecting nature has always been a hot button issue for EU citizens. So it came as no surprise, when I was asked to review the state of EU nature legislation, to see the massive engagement from all over Europe. More than 500,000 people, the second highest turnout in the EU, replied to the Fitness Check consultation, with an enormous majority supporting the existing framework.
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  • #OurOcean 2017: An Ocean for Life
    Published by Karmenu Vella11 August 2017

    #OurOcean 2017: An Ocean for Life

    If you are reading this, it means you are in the air, returning to or coming from Malta. It also means you are most likely flying above the beautiful Mediterranean, Malta's own sea.
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  • Congratulation Karl-Heinz Lambertz on becoming President of European Committee of the Regions
    Published by Karmenu Vella19 July 2017

    Congratulation Karl-Heinz Lambertz on becoming President of European Committee of the Regions

    I warmly congratulate Karl-Heinz Lambertz on being elected President of the Committee of the Regions, and very much look forward to continue working with him closely in the coming years.
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  • Informal Council of the Environment Ministers in Tallinn
    Published by Karmenu Vella13 July 2017

    Informal Council of the Environment Ministers in Tallinn

    What are your main expectations regarding the informal meeting of environment ministers? From the Environment point of view, it's great to see the Estonia making eco-innovation a priority. And best of all, it's a file that that will be to the fore for the next 18 months, as it's been adopted as a priority by the next three Member States that will hold the Council presidency.
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  • Informal Council of the Environment Ministers in Tallinn
    Published by Karmenu Vella13 July 2017

    Informal Council of the Environment Ministers in Tallinn

    What are your main expectations regarding the informal meeting of environment ministers? From the Environment point of view, it's great to see the Estonia making eco-innovation a priority. And best of all, it's a file that that will be to the fore for the next 18 months, as it's been adopted as a priority by the next three Member States that will hold the Council presidency.
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  • Informal Council of the Environment Ministers in Tallinn
    Published by Karmenu Vella13 July 2017

    Informal Council of the Environment Ministers in Tallinn

    What are your main expectations regarding the informal meeting of environment ministers? From the Environment point of view, it's great to see the Estonia making eco-innovation a priority. And best of all, it's a file that that will be to the fore for the next 18 months, as it's been adopted as a priority by the next three Member States that will hold the Council presidency.
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  • Protecting nature: an ambitious action plan
    Published by Karmenu Vella29 June 2017

    Protecting nature: an ambitious action plan

    Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, details how protecting nature, people and the economy is a priority in Europe
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  • 'European perspectives on a changing arctic"
    Published by Karmenu Vella15 June 2017

    'European perspectives on a changing arctic"

    This European Environment Agency (EEA) report contributes to the growing international discourse on the Arctic region. It is both timely and important, since it examines the increasingly rapid changes that are taking place in the Arctic from a European perspective. It considers the national, regional and global challenges and opportunities that are emerging as a result.
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  • EU takes the helm in a year of ocean mobilisation
    Published by Karmenu Vella7 June 2017

    EU takes the helm in a year of ocean mobilisation

    2017 will be remembered as the turning point in how the international community works together to protect the ocean, write Karmenu Vella and Isabella Lövin.
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  • Working for a greener future
    Published by Karmenu Vella23 May 2017

    Working for a greener future

    What do an architect, a plumber, a banker, a water engineer and an organic wine grower have in common? Not much, you might think. Well, actually they do: in one way or another, they are all making the circular economy happen.
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  • Naħdmu għal futur aktar Ekoloġiku
    Published by Karmenu Vella22 May 2017

    Naħdmu għal futur aktar Ekoloġiku

    X'hemm komuni bejn perit, plamer, bankier, inġinier tal-ilma u kultivatur tal-inbid organiku? Wieħed forsi jaħseb li m'hemmx ħafna affarijiet komuni. Iżda fil-fatt hemm xi ħaġa li b'xi mod jew ieħor tgħaqqadhom flimkien: kollha kemm huma qed jimplimentaw l-ekonomija ċirkolari.
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  • Lavorare per un futuro più verde
    Published by Karmenu Vella22 May 2017

    Lavorare per un futuro più verde

    Cosa hanno in comune un architetto, un idraulico, un banchiere, un ingegnere idraulico e un viticoltore biologico? Non molto, si potrebbe pensare, ma in realtà non è così: in un modo o nell'altro contribuiscono tutti all'economia circolare.
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