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EXME 11 / 07.10
Midday Express of 2011-10-07
News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communication
The ninth edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities, OPEN DAYS 2011, will begin in Brussels on 10 October, in the presence of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Committee of the Regions President Mercedes Bresso and European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn. Co-organised by the Commission and the Committee of the Regions, the event brings together over 6000 regional and local partners from over 200 EU regions, and from eight non-EU countries. The event is the first chance to discuss the Commission's proposals on a new approach to EU cohesion policy ( IP/11/1159).
More than two Europeans in three see climate change as a very serious problem and almost 80% consider that taking action to combat it can boost the economy and jobs, a special Eurobarometer survey published today shows.
Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has called to respect international humanitarian law and allow civilians caught up in the conflict in Sirte to leave the Libyan city safely.The Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response made her call after experts from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Directorate General (ECHO) in Libya confirmed that the situation in the besieged city is dire.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič to meet President of Serbia
Vice-President Šefčovič will today (7) meet Serbian President Boris Tadić in Belgrade for an overview of Serbia's EU integration. The Vice-President will also meet Deputy Prime Minister Božidar Đelić and the Minister of Human and Minority Rights, Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Milan Marković. Later on, also in Belgrade, the Vice-President will address a conference on public administration reform in the Western Balkans. He will tell participants that the Commission attaches great importance to such reforms, as an important element in the Western Balkans' progress towards the EU.
European Union ratifies Convention establishing a Fisheries Organisation in the South Pacific
The European Union has ratified the Convention setting up a new Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO), which, once it enters into force, will govern the fishing activities in the high seas of the South Pacific. The EU is the 6th Party to ratify the Convention after Belize, Cook Islands, Republic of Cuba, Kingdom of Denmark in respect of Faroe Islands and New Zealand. The South Pacific is one of the few remaining parts of the oceans which have not yet been regulated by an RFMO (Regional Fisheries Management Orgnisation) for non-tuna species. The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) will manage non-highly migratory fish species in the region, including both pelagic and deep sea stocks such as jack mackerel and orange roughy. It covers a vast area including the waters from the most western parts of the South Pacific towards the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of South America. In order to enter into force, the Convention need to be ratified by at least 8 partners, including at least 3 coastal states in the region and 3 long-distance fishing states. The EU hopes for rapid ratification progress, particularly by the coastal States in the area, to enable the South Pacific RFMO to become fully operational in the near future. The new organisation will allow for the effective management of fisheries resources and the protection of the marine environment in this vast area of the high sea. More information: South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation website Commission welcomes the creation of a new fisheries management organisation for the South Pacific high seas (Press release of 16/11/2009)
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