She will participate as key speaker in the 8th International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, organised by the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
The Commissioner will present the latest achievements of the EU in tackling illegal fishing. She will have the opportunity to focus on the implementation of the EU Regulation against IUU, with concrete examples, such as the recent notification by the European Commission to certain third countries that they might be listed as non-co-operative in the fight against IUU.
At the conference, Ms Damanaki will also have the opportunity to discuss bilaterally with Mr Richard Benyon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries, and Dr Jane Lubchenko, US Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. Their discussions will focus on the benefits of the close EU-USA co-operation so far against IUU fishing as well as on new areas of co-operation. These include cooperation on RFMOs (Regional Fisheries Management Organisations), Integrated Maritime Policy and the EU Atlantic strategy across the ocean especially in the areas of research, observation and mapping.
On 12 February, Commissioner Damanaki meets the Global Oceans' Commission for a discussion on sustainable fisheries.