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EC reorganises Fisheries Directorate

THE EC has decided on a “far-reaching” reorganisation of the Directorate-General in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs.

The former “DG FISH” becomes the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and will now be known as DG MARE.

The main change involves the setting up of three geographic Directorates that will be responsible for managing both the Common Fisheries Policy and the new EU integrated maritime policy (IMP) in Europe’s three main maritime regions, viz:

* Arctic, Atlantic and outermost regions

* Mediterranean and Black Sea

* North Sea, Baltic Sea and landlocked countries.

These will be complemented by a new Directorate in charge of co-ordination and policy development. The other two Directorates (External Policy, and Resources and Legal Affairs) will remain largely unchanged.

There will be greater focus on Mediterranean fisheries and on control in international waters in line with the EU’s commitment to fight illegal fishing. The new set-up takes effect on March 29.

José Manuel Barroso commented: “The new set-up will allow the Commission to address in a consistent way all the issues pertaining to each of Europe’s main maritime regions and to the seas in general.”

Joe Borg added: ” will also boost the implementation of the new EU integrated maritime policy and facilitate the use of all the instruments under the Common Fisheries Policy to achieve sustainability in European fisheries.”

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