Since the publication in 2013 of the Strategic Guidelines on the sustainable development of European aquaculture, the European Commission has been working closely with Member States to address the obstacles hindering the development of the sector, primarily at the national level. As highlighted in the European Committee of the Regions' Opinion on "The Future of European Aquaculture", however, Regions have a key role to play in creating the right conditions for the development of EU aquaculture, through efficient licencing procedures, spatial planning, promotion of local products and other initiatives.
The European Commission and the European Committee of the Region have the pleasure to invite you to attend a joint event dedicated to regional actors of the aquaculture sector: "EU aquaculture – Farmed in EU Regions"
The Conference will be held on 2nd February 2018 in Brussels, at the European Committee of the Regions and will be open to Member States representatives, Regional Authorities and other stakeholders. The event will take place in meeting room JDE 51, Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels, with registration starting at 08:30 h.
The draft programme is enclosed for your information.
You are welcome to register on the following link: Registrations
The online registration will remain open until 30 Januray 2018.
Draft Agenda: 2nd February 2018:
"EU Aquaculture – Farmed in the EU Regions"
09:00 – 9:30: Registration and welcome coffee
09:30 – 10:15: Opening speeches:
- Mr Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries,
- Mr Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions
- Mr Carlos Iturgaiz – Member of the European Parliament
- Mr Jesus Gamallo Aller – Member of the European Committee of the Regions
10:15 – 11:15: European Aquaculture: examples of Regional excellence
Panel 1: Presentations of good practices across six regions (tbc):
- Region producing Mussels: Ms Mercedes Rodrigues Moreda, DG for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Technological Innovation, Galicia, Spain
- Region producing Trout
- Region producing Oyster: Bretagne, France
- Region producing Salmon: Scotland, UK
- Region producing Seabass and Seabream
- Region producing Carp
11:15 – 11:45: Coffee break
11:45 – 13:00: European Aquaculture: Regional needs
Panel 2: discussion on regional excellence and regional needs (Panel 1 + Panel 2)
- Exchange of views on regional excellence and regional needs
13:00 – 14:30: Lunch
14:30 – 15:30: More fish on our plate (Food From the Oceans session)
- How to put more fish farmed in the EU on our plates: Ms Carina Keskitalo (Scientific Advice Mechanism High Level Group)
- Regional research
- Regional research spin out
15:30 – 16:00: What is at regions' disposal?
- Presentation of the web information for the regions
- Tool guide: Infographic, translation of the Strategic Guidelines in all languages
- EU funding: un-accessed EMFF
- Farmed in the EU campaign
16:00– 16:15: Closing remarks: BG Presidency
DG Mare y el Comité Europeo de las Regiones