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EU/US Co-operation Against Illegal Fishing

EU & US - Tomorrow, Commissioner Maria Damanaki will welcome in Brussels her US counterpart, Dr Jane Lubchenco, US Under-Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. They will participate in a European Parliament hearing on EU/US cooperation at the international level to promote sustainable fisheries management in Regional Fisheries Management Organisations and other international fora.

A key area of joint action is the fight against IUU (Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated) fishing where cooperation was enshrined in form of a joint statement signed by Commissioner Damanaki and Dr Lubchenco in the US in September last year.

The event will also be an opportunity for Commissioner Damanaki to present her views on how sustainability can be achieved worldwide in the context of the Common Fisheries Policy reform. Dr Lubchenco will give her view in that respect and describe accomplishments by US policy. The hearing will be webstreamed.

On 31 May, Commissioner Damanaki and Dr Lubchenco will discuss sustainable fisheries management and the international fight against illegal fishing with representatives of fisheries stakeholders and NGOs.

On Friday 1st June, both Commissioner Damanaki and Dr Lubchenco will be discussing about the role of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations at the high-level conference organised by the European Commission at the Charlemagne building, in Brussels.

Charlotte Johnson

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