04 Jun 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 04 JUNEBrussels Daily
Commission asks the public on its views regarding the EU’s role in shaping international ocean governance
The international debate on ocean governance is growing as the use of marine resources is increasing globally. Illegal fishing, uncontrolled seabed mining, marine litter are only some of the challenges that need to be addressed through global cooperation. The existing international ocean governance framework can be ineffective in addressing such maritime challenges; notably in the 60 per cent of the oceans that are beyond national jurisdictions. The EU plays a prominent role in this debate. In order to assess the best path for action, the Commission is reaching out to all stakeholders – international organisations, state actors, NGOs, business, the research community, academia and civil society – via an online public consultation. On its launch today at the World Ocean Summit in Portugal, Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said: “If our oceans are not healthy, our economy falls ill. Global maritime challenges require global solutions. I am committed to work intensively to define Europe’s role in international ocean governance, for a sustainable blue economy and blue growth.” A press release and Commissioner Vella‘s speech is available.
Commissioner Hogan in EXPO Milan 2015 for a Forum of Agriculture Ministers
Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, is today and tomorrow (4-5 June 2015) visiting for the first time the EXPO 2015 Universal Exhibition in Milan centred on the theme of global food and nutrition challenges (“Feeding the planet, energy for life”). He will be participating in a Forum gathering the Agriculture Ministers from more than 100 countries participating in the event. The Forum, entitled ‘From Expo Milan 2015 and beyond: agriculture to feed the world’, will hold discussions around three themes linking agriculture to food and development, food and culture, and food security. On the sides of the forum, Commissioner Hogan will also hold bilateral meetings with the Agriculture Ministers of different countries, including South Korea, New Zealand, Mexico and Italy. “As EU Commissioner for Agriculture, my priority is to ensure that high quality, safe and sustainable food is available to populations of Europe and the world“, said Commissioner Hogan in a video message recorded at the occasion of the opening of EXPO 2015. More information on the EU presence and events at the EXPO is available here.