Maria Damanaki, appointed Commissioner for Maritime and Fisheries Affairs last month, will pay a visit to the Community Fisheries Control Agency, seated in Vigo (Spain), on 12 March 2010. During the working meeting, the Commissioner will personally meet the management of the Agency. Moreover, she will be able to get a detailed inside view of the CFCA activities and functioning as well as discuss its future challenges. She will be able provide the CFCA with orientations to carry out the work under its field of competence in support of the Common Fisheries Policy aiming at its effective and uniform application.
"Today I am visiting Vigo, the official seat of the Community Fisheries Control Agency whose activities fall under my remit as Commissioner. It is a priority to visit the agency as one of my first activites as European Commissioner at the beginning of my mandate, because our common fisheries policy will only work if we have effective implementation and a well functioning Europe wide system of control and inspections. The Agency in Vigo is at the forefront of these activities and it will have my full support as Commissioner", said Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki
"This visit will introduce the Commissioner directly to the CFCA's mission and tasks and our day to day work and more importantly it permits her to pass the key messages on the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy in this exciting year to my staff and me," pointed out Harm Koster, Executive Director of the CFCA.
In parallel, the Commissioner will meet with decision-makers and stakeholders in the region so she can briefly discuss the latest developments in fisheries and maritime policy and allowing her to get a good grasp of the fishing reality of the region. Indeed, the involvement of stakeholders in each region is at the heart of the success of the Common Fisheries Policy, and Commissioner Damanaki pays her first visit to this important fishing region.