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SUSTAINABILITY: IT’S WORTH STEERING THE COURSE NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
  When I took office in 2010, I made a point of honor to put sustainability at the core of European Fisheries and Maritime policies. May it be social, economic or environmental. And I have to say that I will leave Brussels with the impression th...
WORLD FOOD DAY: FARMED FISH PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLE IN FOOD SECURITY NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 2 Months, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
  One in nine people worldwide suffers from hunger and malnutrition. The number is hitting hard on the occasion of World Food Day. We all know the crucial role fish plays in food security.  But it is also no secret that we are overfishing o...
WE NEED TO ACT URGENTLY ON RUSSIA’S FISHERIES EMBARGO NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
  Since Russia has introduced an embargo on imports of European fisheries products this summer, we agreed that we need to help our fisheries sector in Europe – and quick. I urged EU governments to make use of Europe’s maritime and fi...
THE TIME TO INVEST IN OCEAN ENERGY IS NOW NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
    It has become clear over the past years that our seas and oceans can generate huge economic growth and create jobs, much needed in these times. That is why we have been working for the past five years on our Blue Growth strategy to fost...
TACKLING THE SKILLS GAP IN BLUE CAREERS NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Minutes ago
  One of the paradoxes of our time is that, while half of our young people are unemployed in the EU, the blue industry has difficulties to find people with the appropriate skills. We know for example that there is a shortage of qualified workers...
FISHERIES CONTROL: PORTUGAL, FRANCE, SPAIN, ITALY, LATVIA AND MALTA NOW PLAYING BY COMMON RULES NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 22 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
  To achieve sustainable fishing, the revised rules of the Common Fisheries Policy need to be fully respected. But how can we ensure that they are in practice? Well, by efficient and harmonised control systems. In a spirit of subsidiarity, fishe...
COMPENSATION FOR OUR FISHERMEN AFTER RUSSIAN TRADE BAN NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 3 Months, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Earlier this summer, Russia has decided to impose a trade ban on various products from the European Union, from fruits and vegetables to meat and dairy products, including fisheries products. In terms of exports, Russia represents 5 % of EU’s e...
PLANNING AT SEA GOES HAND IN HAND WITH SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF OUR COASTLINES NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 3 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
  The European Union has now a new Directive for Maritime Spatial planning. Before proposing, I have worked   together with Commissioner Potočnik to be sure that consistency between sea and coast was there. We asked Member States...
FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL FISHING: CONCRETE RESULTS NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
The  fight against illegal fishing was one of the cornerstones of my five-year mandate as EU Fisheries Commissioner. The reason is obvious: as the world’s biggest importer of fish, the EU has a special responsibility to ensure that the fis...
EU AQUACULTURE: NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
According to this year’s FAO report “State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture”, fish consumption per capita has soared from 10 kg in the 1960s to more than 19kg in 2012. Fish also accounts for almost 17% of the global population&rsq...
TAILOR-MADE ACTIONS SEA BASIN PER SEA BASIN NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 4 Months, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
  Seven seas are surrounding the globe and each of them embraces different challenges and opportunities. In the EU we agreed that there could not be a one-size-fits-all strategy to tackle our maritime potential but that tailor-made actions shoul...
LOOKING BACK: CHANGE IS POSSIBLE IN EUROPE NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 4 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
  What I really take away from my five-year mandate at the European Commission is that change is possible in Europe today. It needs time and patience, but my own experience with Europe is a success story of self-criticism and self-renewal. Chang...
POCKET GUIDE TO YOUR BEACH HOLIDAYS NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
So, what are your holiday plans? Beach holiday by the sea? If you are, like me, looking forward to enjoying tasty seafood, make sure that you are eating only sustainably fished seafood. How? Well, first, look for the origin of the fish and seafood yo...
BEACHES, FISHING, PIPELINES: WHO GETS WHAT SPACE ON THE SEA? NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 4 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Imagine an unmapped land, where windmills would be set in the middle of the regional road and where sunflowers would be planted in the middle of a forest without direct sunlight. You will agree that this is not really optimal. This is why we plan our...
A NEW EU-MOROCCO FISHERIES PROTOCOL IS IN PLACE NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 5 Months, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
  This week, Morocco has finally ratified the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement. I know how important this is for the EU’s fisheries sector: after the old protocol ran out in 2011, our fishermen have been waiting for more than two...
ANCHOVY IN THE BAY OF BISCAY: SACRIFICES PAY OFF NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 5 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
  Sometimes in life, waiting, even if it is tough, pays off. With the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, I actually see more and more often that this is true. At least that is the case for anchovy, a species that was close to collapse in 2005. Af...
GREECE HANDING OVER EUROPE’S STEERING WHEEL TO ITALY NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 54 Minutes ago
  Here we are, in the midst of the “year of the Mediterranean” as Greece handed the EU Presidency of the Council over to Italy this week. I am glad to see the progress made under the Greek Presidency in terms of sustainability of our...
OCEAN HEALTH: LET´S SEIZE THIS INTERNATIONAL MOMENTUM NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 47 Minutes ago
  I have to say: I find it great to witness so much international engagement on ocean governance recently. Just last week, President Obama announced the US commitment to fight illegal fishing and to establish a marine protected area in the Pacif...
FIGHTING THE PLAGUE OF ILLEGAL FISHING NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 6 Months, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
  With the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy we want to ensure that the EU market is providing sustainable fish. But since we import 2/3 of the fish we eat in Europe, it is our duty to apply the same sustainability principles to our imports.
“GOING GLOBAL” TO SAFEGUARD OUR OCEANS NEW
Blog of Commissioner Damanaki 6 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
  On 8th June we celebrate the World Oceans Day: an important reminder for all of us to protect our seas and to raise awareness on the tremendous challenges we are still facing. Oceans are full of potential but before we exploit them, we need ru...