The CPMR has called for island and maritime regions to be actively involved in the EU’s strategy for International Ocean Governance.   

The point was raised by Rui Bettencourt, Secretary of the Presidency for External Affairs of the Government of the Azores, representing the CPMR Presidency at latest meeting of the European Parliament’s Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (Searica) Intergroup.

Speaking during discussions on International Ocean Governance, Mr Bettencourt explained that the CPMR “considers that the active participation of islands and maritime regions is essential to achieve an efficient implementation of EU’s objectives with regard international ocean governance”. 

The meeting, held on 30 January, was attended by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. It also brought together MEPs Meissner, Rodust, Picula, Serrão Santos, Ribeiro, Affronte, Mato, Wölken, Zorrinho and Faria, the rapporteur of ENVI Committee.

During the meeting, Commissioner Vella presented the Joint communication: International ocean governance agenda for the future of our oceans. He answered questions from the participating experts, highlighting the importance of seas and oceans for Europe’s future.

Emma Laperla, representing the Maltese presidency of the EU, echoed the Commissioner’s priorities. She stressed that Malta’s intention is to put the oceans high in the European agenda during its Presidency.

The Commissioner concluded the meeting by on calling the intergroup to organise a second discussion in the months ahead.