"The new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will continue to support the European fisheries sector towards more sustainable fishing practices, with a particular focus on supporting small-scale fishermen. It will also help unleash the growth potential of a sustainable blue economy towards a more prosperous future for coastal communities. For the first time, it will contribute to strengthening international ocean governance for safer, cleaner, more secure, and sustainably managed seas and oceans. Finally, the Commission is reinforcing the environmental impact of the Fund with a focus on protecting marine ecosystems and an expected contribution of 30% of its budget to climate change mitigation and adaptation, in line with the commitments agreed under the Paris Agreement.

 

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: "Healthy, well-managed oceans are a pre-condition for long-term investments and job creation in fisheries and the broader blue economy. As a global ocean actor and the world's fifth largest producer of seafood, the European Union has a strong responsibility to protect, conserve and sustainably use the oceans and their resources. The Fund will allow Member States and the Commission to live up to that responsibility and invest into sustainable fisheries, food security, a thriving maritime economy, and healthy and productive seas and oceans."

Fisheries are vital to the livelihood and cultural heritage of many coastal communities in the EU. Together with aquaculture, they also contribute to food security and nutrition. A particular focus of the Fund will be to support small-scale coastal fishermen, with vessels below 12 metres, which represent half of European employment in the fishing sector. Since the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in 2014, progress has been made in bringing fish stocks back to healthy levels, in increasing the profitability of the EU's fishing industry, and in conserving marine ecosystems. The new Fund will continue to support these socio-economic and environmental objectives.

As regards the maritime economy, the Commission proposes to strengthen its support compared to the 2014-2020 period. This is a high-potential economic sector whose worldwide output is estimated at €1.3 trillion today and could more than double by 2030. The maritime fund will enable investment in new maritime markets, technologies and services such as ocean energy and marine biotechnology. Coastal communities will receive more and broader support to set up local partnerships and technology transfers in all blue economy sectors, including aquaculture and coastal tourism.

In the context of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Union has also committed at international level to make seas and oceans safer, more secure, cleaner and more sustainably managed. The new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will support these commitments for better international ocean governance. It will, among others, also provide the necessary funding to improve maritime surveillance, security and coastguard cooperation.

To ensure that the fund is both efficient and effective, it comprises several new features, such as:

- Simplification and a wider choice for Member States, who will now be ableto target support to their strategic priorities, instead of having to choose from a ‘menu' of eligible actions.

- Better alignment with other European Union funds. Rules applying to all structural and investment funds are set out in a Common Provisions Regulation.

- A better targeting of support to the achievement of the Common Fisheries Policy."

 

Source: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-4104_en.htm

 

The European Commission on Monday proposed banning single-use plastic products such as cotton buds and plastic straws and putting the burden of cleaning up waste on manufacturers in an effort to reduce marine litter.

 

Under the proposal, single-use plastic products with readily available alternatives will be banned and replaced with more environmentally sustainable materials.

 

The proposal also requires EU countries to collect 90 percent of single-use plastic drink bottles by 2025 and producers to help cover costs of waste management and clean-up.

 

"Plastic waste is undeniably a big issue and Europeans need to act together to tackle this problem, because plastic waste ends up in our air, our soil, our oceans, and in our food," said EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans.

 

Plastic accumulating in the world's oceans has become a major policy issue for governments, with scientists warning of their effect on the food chain.

 

Research published in the online journal Scientific Reports estimates a garbage patch of some 79,000 metric tonnes - 1.8 trillion pieces - of plastic has formed in the Pacific Ocean, mainly consisting of fishing nets, plastic containers, packaging and ropes.

 

Earlier this year, Britain also said it planned to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use products.

 

The Commission proposal will still need to be approved by the European Parliament and Council, and the Commission said it hoped for it to be given the green light before the European elections in May 2019.

 

 

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/28/european-union-moves-to-ban-single-use-plastics.html

 

The European Commission on Monday proposed banning single-use plastic products such as cotton buds and plastic straws and putting the burden of cleaning up waste on manufacturers in an effort to reduce marine litter.

 

Under the proposal, single-use plastic products with readily available alternatives will be banned and replaced with more environmentally sustainable materials.

 

The proposal also requires EU countries to collect 90 percent of single-use plastic drink bottles by 2025 and producers to help cover costs of waste management and clean-up.

 

"Plastic waste is undeniably a big issue and Europeans need to act together to tackle this problem, because plastic waste ends up in our air, our soil, our oceans, and in our food," said EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans.

 

Plastic accumulating in the world's oceans has become a major policy issue for governments, with scientists warning of their effect on the food chain.

 

Research published in the online journal Scientific Reports estimates a garbage patch of some 79,000 metric tonnes - 1.8 trillion pieces - of plastic has formed in the Pacific Ocean, mainly consisting of fishing nets, plastic containers, packaging and ropes.

 

Earlier this year, Britain also said it planned to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use products.

 

The Commission proposal will still need to be approved by the European Parliament and Council, and the Commission said it hoped for it to be given the green light before the European elections in May 2019.

 

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture announced on April 25, 2018 that it intends to open a panel at the World Trade Organization against the European Union. The measure comes after the European Union withdraws 20 Brazilian units that sell poultry meat from the list of exporters to the Block, claiming "deficiencies detected in the Brazilian official control system" and, according to Minister Blairo Maggi, arguing on a health issue.

In Brasília, the Ministries of Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Industry, Foreign Trade and Services met to arrive at a unified strategy and Blairo Maggi said that it is not really a health issue. This is due to the fact that if there is a payment of 1,024 euros per ton and shipping everything as fresh meat, the product enters the European Union without any health problems. That is the argument that will be brought before the WTO.

“The European Commission has said it wants to open talks with Albania and Macedonia to allow the two countries to join the European Union.

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said the two countries had made significant progress in implementing the reforms demanded by Brussels and that they could join their neighbours Montenegro and Serbia, which are already in negotiations. The move comes ahead of a major EU summit in Sofia next month to discuss the Western Balkan countries’ relationship with the union, and the week a pro-EU president was elected in Montenegro.

Ms Mogherini suggested that Bosnia and Kosovo, two other countries in the region that want to join, had more work to do before talks could start with them – but did not rule out their future accession, stating that “the Western Balkans are Europe, and will be part of the European Union’s future”.

Ms Mogherini said she would be travelling to the region on Tuesday (24/04/18) evening to meet with national leaders there. The European Commission has produced seven individual reports on the Western Balkan countries and Turkey, and their prospects for accession to the EU. All have said they want to join. The High Representative for Foreign Affairs said membership would be conditional on the continuation of reforms.

The European Council, which is made up to the 28 EU leaders and next meets in June, would have to sign off the European Commission’s recommendation for it to become official.

Other than the Balkan states, Turkey has also been a candidate country since 1999 – but talks have stalled and effectively stopped, with several EU leaders saying they would not permit Turkey to join.”

 

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/eu-albania-macedonia-join-new-members-european-commission-enlargement-talks-a8308916.html

The European Commission is proposing a New Deal for Consumers to ensure that all European consumers fully benefit from their rights under Union law.

While the EU already has some of the strongest rules on consumer protection in the world, recent cases like the Dieselgate scandal, have shown that it is difficult to enforce them fully in practice. The New Deal for Consumers will empower qualified entities to launch representative actions on behalf of consumers and introduce stronger sanctioning powers for Member States' consumer authorities.

The New Deal for Consumers will mean:

1. Strengthening consumer rights online, it aims more transparency in online market places and when searching results on online platforms. There will be created also new consumer rights for “free” digital services.

2. Giving consumers the tools to enforce their rights and get compensation with representative actions witch also gives them better protection against unfair commercial practices.

3. Introducing effective penalties for violations of EU consumer law

4. Tackling dual quality of consumer products

5. The New Deal will remove unnecessary burden for businesses, in way to improve the conditions for businesses

 

The Commission's proposals will be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council.

 

Source: European Commission - Press release

The European Commission presented the Action Plan on Military Mobility on 28 March. The objective of Federica Mogherini, the foreign representative of the Union,  is to be more effective in reacting when challenges arise.

The Action Plan was actually decided not by the EU, but by the Pentagon and NATO. In 2015, General Ben Hodges, commander of US gound forces in Europe (US Army Europe), called for the establishment of a “military Schengen Area” so that, to face “Russian aggression”, US forces could move quickly from one European country to another, without being slowed down by national regulations and customs procedures.

This is how the “military Schengen Area” is prepared, with the difference that free-to-circulate are not people but tanks. For this Action Plan been possible the mobility barriers must be removed by modifying infrastructures not suitable for the weight or size of military vehicles, in particular bridges and rails with insufficient load capacity. However, this costs are going to be supported by the European citizens, with consequent cuts to social spending and investments in public utility projects.

 

Source: https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-militarization-of-the-european-union-schengen-area-handed-over-to-us-nato-forces/5634742

 

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