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Joe Borg visits Portugal to discuss European Fisheries Fund Published:  11 October, 2005

THE European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Joe Borg, yesterday began a two-day visit to Portugal. Yesterday the Commissioner met with Mr Jaime Silva, Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, in Lisbon. He then had a meeting with representatives of the fisheries sector before setting off for a visit to the port of Peniche. Among the items discussed at these meetings were the proposed European Fisheries Fund (EFF), the proposed recovery measures for southern hake and Norway lobster stocks off the Iberian Peninsula, the ban on deep sea trawling and gill nets around the Azores to protect sensitive marine habitats and Portuguese fisheries on the high seas and under fisheries agreements between the European Union and non-member countries. The Commissioner invited stakeholders to play an active role in the relevant Regional Advisory Councils. “Your contribution is essential to our common efforts to put in place the necessary measures to rebuild and protect fish stocks which are key to the future of the industry and of the coastal communities concerned”, the Commissioner said. Today, Dr Borg will open the International Conference on Integrated Ocean Policy in Lisbon. The Commissioner will speak of the preparation of the Green Paper (consultation document) on a future Maritime Policy for the EU, the progress made so far in this process and the Commission’s eagerness to learn from the experience of other participants. The Green Paper is due to be launched in the first semester of 2006.

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