Tapping into Blue Growth: the way forward for European aquaculture
Brussels, 24 May 2016
In a high-level joint event with the Dutch Presidency of the Council on 24 May 2016, Commissioner Karmenu Vella presented progress made and obstacles that need to be addressed in further developing a sustainable aquaculture sector in the EU. The Commissioner launched "EU Aquaculture online", a one-stop-shop information source for businesses on EU rules and Member State's strategic priorities to encourage investment in the sector. Commissioner Vella commented on the event: "While the EU only produces 2% of all fish farmed worldwide, when it comes to quality, it is a world leader: be it in product quality, in research, in environmental standards. Building on this quality, we need to continue our work to help the European aquaculture sector grow, including through improved business certainty and financial support. This will not only create sustainable jobs and growth in Europe, but will also contribute to improved food security for European citizens."
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