Brussels Daily
15 Oct 2015


Brussels Daily

Commission draws on EXPO 2015 to find ways to bolster food and nutrition security

Ahead of the closing of the EXPO 2015 Universal Exhibition in Milan, the European Commission today welcomes new independent experts’ recommendations on how European research and innovation can help improve food and nutrition security around the world. The advice will ensure a strong legacy from the Commission’s presence at EXPO, which has been dedicated to the theme of global food and nutrition challenges. The findings are part of a larger collection of scientific knowledge on the issue of food security and offer directions for future research and innovation actions at EU and international level. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and responsible for the Joint Research Centre (JRC) which coordinated the EU presence at EXPO, said: “Continuous scientific progress is needed to help us ensure safe and nutritious food for all. I welcome the great effort made by scientists, policy makers, industry representatives and citizens to compile evidence on food security challenges. These recommendations are a truly valuable basis for future research actions at EU level.” The recommendations were presented to the Commission at a high-level conference a day ahead of World Food Day. The findings, presented a day in advance of World Food Day, have been welcomed by EU Commissioners Carlos Moedas, responsible for Research, Science and Innovation; Phil Hogan, responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development and Vytenis Andriukaitis, responsible for Health and Food Safety, who attended the central concluding events at EXPO 2015. A press release is available here.  

Shaping ocean governance: global engagement in EU consultation

Today marks the end of the Commission’s international public consultation on how the EU could contribute to achieving better international governance of oceans and seas to the benefit of sustainable blue growth. The Commission received views from over 90 governments, public bodies, NGOs, industry representatives, academics and other stakeholders within and outside of Europe. In addition, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella has travelled to Portugal, Ireland, the USA, Malta, Norway, Alaska, Chile, Spain and China to collect views as international discussion on the topic is mounting due to the increasing use of marine resources. The EU is a global frontrunner in the development of sustainable ocean based economies through its robust set of environmental rules, reformed Common Fisheries Policy and its global fight against illegal fishing. Commissioner Vella remarked: “Governance gaps exist when it comes to managing our oceans sustainably. This puts our marine resources and environments at risk. Better managed oceans are healthier oceans – and healthy oceans are the basis for blue growth and a thriving ocean economy. I am convinced that the responses we have received will allow us to make solid proposals that further build on the existing cooperation and dialogue with our international partners.” Based on the views gathered, the Commission will launch a major political initiative on international ocean governance next year. More information available here

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