The current economic and social crisis has some serious effects on the outermost regions of the EU, particularly in terms of competitiveness and employment. Urgent and appropriate actions should be taken in the next funding period and EMFF programming in order to meet the needs of economic growth and cope with the unemployment problem. On 4 December 2014 the Fisheries Committee listened to various presentations from scientific experts in the field in order to address these issues.
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The focus of our work during the eighth parliamentary term will undoubtedly be the ongoing reform of the common fisheries policy, a process in which Parliament has played an important role over the past few months. Fisheries policy has to reconcile the interests of a wide range of stakeholders, with a view to safeguarding the long-term viability of the marine environment and fish stocks, the livelihoods of fishermen and the future of fisheries-related industries and coastal communities. This new, ambitious policy brings with it many challenges, ones which the EU institutions are determined to meet.
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