Maritime Affairs - Fisheries

Europe can help restore Ukraine’s trust after PACE decision

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The recent decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe – PACE – to return the Russian delegation to full parliamentary assembly activities sparked an extremely negative reaction from the majority of...

What Putin’s new citizenship initiative would mean for Ukraine

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Since the recent presidential elections ended in a landslide victory for Volodymyr Zelensky some signs of a possible political and economic revival have been noticed in Ukraine. The very electoral victory of the Zelensky...

EU considers freezing Customs Union negotiations with Turkey

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Amid growing concerns about the aggressive offshore drilling activities that are currently being carried out near the Cypriot coast by the Turkish government, the European Union is mulling putting Ankara's accession chapters under discussion ahead of the European Council...

Hungary blocks joint EU-Arab League statement over migration issue

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The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini had hoped to secure a leadership role for the 28 members of the European Union in their relations with the members of the...

Panama first in Latin America to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative

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China's attempts to flex its increasing international clout scored a major victory earlier in December when the strategic Central American nation of Panama became the first in the region to officially agree to take part in...

NATO’s “Bucharest Spell”

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NATO erred in not immediately granting Georgia and Ukraine a Membership Action Plan in April 2008, according to the former head of the alliance, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. This failure sent the wrong signal to Russian...

Naples receives major injection of EU funds for cultural heritage preservation

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For the better part of seven centuries, the Italian metropolis of Naples was the centre of a powerful Mediterranean kingdom that encompassed the whole of southern Italy and Sicily. The city traced its history to...

Anglo-French dispute over fishing rights intensifies after negotiations fail

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A long-running dispute between the UK and France over fishing rights off the Normandy coast shows no sign of de-escalation after violent confrontations broke out on the high seas and negotiations aimed at settling...

Addressing the issue of the Central Mediterranean Route

Libya has been in turmoil ever since NATO’s Operation Unified Protector ended in 2011. Whilst it is widely agreed that a political solution is needed to bring stability to Libya, recent inter-militia clashes do...

With a landmark Caspian agreement in place, key legal issues remain for neighbouring littoral...

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After 26 years of negotiations and countless high-level summits, a Convention on the Caspian Sea was finally signed in the Kazakh city of Aktau on August 12 in a move that was immediately hailed...

Russia blocks UN report detailing North Korea’s sanctions violations

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Russia has blocked the publication of a report by the United Nations on the implementation of sanctions against North Korea because it disagrees with some of the findings, AFP quoted Moscow's UN Ambassador Vasily...

EU’s Vella pushes for more international oversight of ocean governance

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While attending the 23rd North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference in the Faroe Islands, the European Union's Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs, and Fisheries Karmenu Vella opened the gathering by welcoming progress made under the EU’s agenda on...

Making Migration Safe for Climate Nexus

Humanity is on the move. We are living in an era of unprecedented mobility of ideas, money, and, increasingly, people. The sheer size of the human population, combined with how we consume resources, is profoundly...

The West Must Face Reality in Turkey

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Now that Turkey is at loggerheads with its erstwhile ally, the United States, the country’s currency crisis has morphed into a political problem of the first order. The immediate issue is Turkey’s refusal to...

How Europe Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Power

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US President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker may have averted a trade war last month, but the challenges confronting the European Union are far from resolved. In today’s increasingly Hobbesian global environment, the...

The Trump Administration’s Dead End on Trade

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There is every reason to believe that the United States’ trade dispute with China will get worse before it gets better and that the US trade deficit will widen further rather than shrinking. In...

UNHCR sounds alarm as Mediterranean Sea deaths pass 1,500 mark

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More than 1,500 refugees and migrants have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean in the first seven months of this year. The bleak milestone was confirmed after more than 850 lives were...

If Trump Ruled Venice

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Marco Polo, the famous thirteenth-century Venetian merchant, was one of the first Europeans to trade with China. Now imagine that, after a while, the Venetian state became concerned that Polo was purchasing too many...

Aided by Russia, North Korea evades UN sanctions and cheats vessels supplying petroleum

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China and Russia on July 19 delayed a US bid to the 15-member United Nations Security Council to halt refined petroleum exports to North Korea, asking for more detail on a US accusation that...

Brussels summit looks to NATO alliance’s future

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NATO's Brussels summit concluded on July 12 after two days of heated debates on the Alliance’s core challenges and ways to confront them. Of the summit’s 79-point declaration, I could single out three key takeaways....

Ukraine creating EU-based consortium to stop Nord Stream-2

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko recently announced that he is in the process of creating a consortium of EU companies in Brussels who will help build support and ultimately stop to the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, which is...

Local and regional conservative politicians call for structured post-Brexit cooperation

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While gathering in London on June 4 for its external group meeting, local and regional politicians from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Committee of the Regions discussed areas where structured cooperation...

Trade and Iran nuclear deal highlight EU-China strategic dialogue

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The EU-China Strategic Dialogue in Brussels last week showed that both parties share views on multiple economic and security issues as international security, energy, and climate change were among the topics discussed by the...

EU action reduces pollution from shipping, report shows

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Air pollution from sulphur oxides (SOx) emitted from ships has substantially dropped over in recent years, the European Commission said on April 16, citing a new compliance report. According to the Commission, the positive trend...

EU, UN agency aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping

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The European Union is pushing for an ambitious global emission reduction objective for the maritime shipping sector to meet the bloc’s climate objectives that fall into line with the Paris Agreement. European Transport Commissioner Violeta...

EU-Turkey summit ends with Erdogan failing to address concerns

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Despite pressure from European Union leaders, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered no answers to a long list of concerns from Brussels over Turkey’s intervention in Syria and the jailing of dozens of journalists at...

EU Atlantic plan spurs €6 billion invest in maritime projects

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The European Commission said Monday that halfway through the implementation of the EU’s action plan for a maritime strategy in the Atlantic, an independent study finds it has spurred over 1,200 new maritime projects...

Interview: Dr Charles Saint-Prot on the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement

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When the Commission opened negotiations to renew the current fisheries protocol, which is set to expire on 14 July 2018, it saw no particular reason to stop its 30-year-long cooperation with Morocco in the area...

The ECJ must not betray Morocco on February 27

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On February 27, the 15 judges of the European Court of Justice will gather to announce their decision on an ongoing dispute regarding the fishing agreement currently in place between Morocco and the EU....

Agreement concluded between the EU and Morocco is invalid because it applies to the...

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According to the Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice  Melchior Wathelet, the Fisheries Agreement concluded between the EU and Morocco is invalid because it applies to the Western Sahara and its adjacent waters By...

EU, UNEA join the fight for ‘pollution-free planet’ in Kenya

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European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella led the EU Delegation at the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya on December 4-6 where he called for...

MEPs approve new rules on prohibited fishing gear, more flexibility for EU fishermen

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The European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee approved draft laws on November 21 to limit unwanted catches, especially of juvenile fish. Currently there are more than 30 different EU regulations laying down technical measures for fisheries. This...

EU fishing for sustainable quotas

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The European Commission has unveiled a proposal for sustainable fishing. “Our fleet is becoming more profitable and that is because some of the EU's key fish stocks are healthier and more abundant,” said Karmenu Vella,...

NATO: Current maritime environment poses threats to us

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Speaking at the Crans Montana conference on October 27 in Brussels, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Jamie Shea said that the Western military alliance is facing a number of challenges...

EU and Italian help for Libyan coast guard risks complicity in abuse: HRW

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Italy’s deployment of Navy ships to assist Libyan authorities intercept migrant boats in Libyan waters could implicate Italy in human rights abuses against migrants subsequently detained in Libya, Human Rights Watch said today. Italy began a...

MEPs plan for sustainable stocks and security for fishermen

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The European Parliament on July 12 backed plans to tackle overfishing and offer more security to local fishermen by introducing multiannual fishing quotas in the North Sea. The draft mandate, which was adopted by...

The UK moves to nationalize fishing rights in its territorial waters

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The British government intends to withdraw from the 1964 London Fisheries Convention and f renationalize fishing in its exclusive economic zone, 6-to-12 nautical miles off the UK’s coastline. The bill introduced by the Minister of...