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Il futuro dell'acquacoltura europea

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Opinion Number: CDR 2712/2015
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 13/10/2015
 
• Exploring measures needed to further promote European aquaculture
• Reducing the administrative burden without compromising the protection of the environment
• Reviewing challenges for European aquaculture in short-term and mid-term perspective
• Improving competitiveness of European aquaculture
• Review possibilities to boost research and development in the sector
The opinion on The future of European aquaculture (Rapporteur Jesus GAMALLO ALLER (ES/EPP) recommends promoting the local market and short circuit distribution chains for European aquaculture products, and urges the European Commission to introduce a labelling system for aquaculture products, which will distinguish European products, instil confidence in consumers, enhance products' quality image and set them apart from competitor products.

The European Commission introduced certain promotional and labeling measures in 2015, followed in 2016 by the #FARMEDintheEU aquaculture campaign, which was particularly successful in Spain. Spanish authorities, producer organisations and research institutes are organising open door visits and conferences across Spain today to celebrate the annual "Día de la Acuicultura". This year, the European Commission joined in the celebrations, supporting the "Di sí a la acuicultura sostenible" ("Say yes to sustainable aquaculture") competition launched by the Observatorio Español de Acuicultura from Fundación Biodiversidad (Mapama).

As part of the campaign, the "FARMED in the EU" schoolkit developed by the European Commission was promoted to hundreds of schools across the country. To date, more than 1700 Spanish pupils from 37 schools and 27 aquaculture experts (producers, scientists, officials) have been involved in 62 workshops under the label #CRIADOenlaUE. The campaign, which started in September, will continue until May.

Under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), funding worth €206m will go to more than 850 aquaculture projects in Spain. The Spanish multiannual plan for the development of sustainable aquaculture aims to increase Spain's production volume by 20% by 2020, and its value by 26%.

The European Committee of the Regions

- recognises that the aquaculture sector generates jobs, particularly in structurally weak areas, helping to create greater territorial cohesion and rural development which is in line with the growth targets set out in the Europe 2020 strategy;

- with regard to the administrative system, suggests the use of a "one-stop shop" and establishing a simplified, or "fast-track", licensing system;

- urges the Commission to introduce a labelling system for aquaculture products, which will distinguish European products, instil confidence in consumers, enhance products' quality image and set them apart from competitor products;

- points out that, under current circumstances, it does not make sense to set extractive fishing and aquaculture in opposition to one another, emphasising the need for complementarity;

- recommends promoting the local market and short circuit distribution chains for European aquaculture products, thus helping to cushion the effect of fluctuations on the global markets.

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Rapporteur Gamallo will take part in the hearing on Aquacultire in the EP

 
01 Feb
 

EU Aquaculture Farmed in the EU Regions

Since the publication in 2013 of the Strategic Guidelines on the sustainable development of European aquaculture, the European Commission has been working closely with Member States to address the obstacles hindering the development of the sector, primarily at the national level. As highlighted in the European Committee of the Regions' Opinion on "The Future of European Aquaculture", however, Regions have a key role to play in creating the right conditions for the development of EU aquaculture, through efficient licencing procedures, spatial planning, promotion of local products and other initiatives.

The event, Jointly organised by the CoR and the EC, will promote the open coordination method and exchange of best practices.

 
02 Feb
 

European Parliament - Hearing on EU Aquaculture

2017/2118(INI) INI - Own-initiative procedure

European Parliament Committee on Fisheries Report "Towards a sustainable and competitive European aquaculture sector: current status and future challenges"

Hearing on EU Aquaculture with the participation of CoR rapporteur Mr Gamallo Aller, bilateral meeting between the two rapporteurs.

 
11 Jan
 

Rapporteur's activities

Conference "Aquaculture in motion 2015"

 
15 Nov
 

Related Activities

CoR aquaculture opinion on EC's DG MARE Twitter

 
04 Nov
 

Related Activities

European Commission reveals “Enjoy, it’s from Europe!” - New funds to promote our wild and farmed fish

 
04 Nov
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion in plenary session.

 
12 Oct
 

Related Activities

Aquaculture Act of Galicia: The first Aquaculture Act of Galicia will make it possible to diversify the offshore activity, which for the Galician authorities means a future opportunity "because there is less competition for space than in the case of aquaculture, which is developed in inland watersTwo professional bodies of the Galician Administration, the Technical Commission of Aquaculture and the Interadministrative Aquaculture Commission, will provide scientific and technical advice on the design and implementation of measures related to aquaculture and advisory, control and monitoring of aquaculture planning issues and qualifying degree processing, respectively. The Interadministrative Commission will be attended by representatives of all departmental areas that have to do with the issuance of reports on whether or not to develop an aquaculture project.Through the AAG, CoR rapporteur and his team implement in their own region measures that they advocate on European level.

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

Discussion on ocean governance with European commissioner for environment, maritime affaires and fisheries Karmenu Vella during the 5th NAT meeting.

 
20 Sep
 

European Commission

EC: Public consultation on EU ecolabel for fishery & aquaculture products

 
08 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion during the 4th NAT commission meeting in Gaia, Portugal.

 
18 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Discussion of working document in CoR NAT Commission with contributions from environmental NGOs, producers and European Commission.

 
04 May
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Stakeholder consultation.Mr. Gamallo Aller met with aquaculture producers, environmental organisations, European regional offices and other stakeholders to discuss the challenges for European aquaculture production. The feedback received from stakeholders served as a basis for a working document, presented for discussion during the NAT commission meeting on 5 may.

 
22 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with MEPs.CoR Rapporteur Mr Gamallo Aller and his expert Mr Juan Carlos Maneiro Cadillo had series of meetings with MEPs Jose Blanco (S&D) and Francisco Millán Mon (EPP) to discuss the further development of European aquaculture.

 
22 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European CommissionMr Gamallo Aller and his expert Mr Juan Carlos Maneiro Cadillo met with DG MARE Director for policy development and coordination Mr Ernesto PENAS LADO.

 
22 Apr
 

Council

Council conclusions on aquaculture

 
13 Nov
 

Related Activities

Presentation of a EP study "The long-term economic andecological impact of large-scale sustainable aquaculture"

 
04 Nov