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28/01/2011

Views on a future Common Fisheries Policy discussed in Sligo

The European Commission is due to bring forward its proposals on the future shape of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy, following an EU-wide consultation on its original Green Paper (2009).  Looking ahead at the strategy Ireland should adopt in the forthcoming decision-making process, the Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation (KFO) and the European Parliament Office in Ireland organised a seminar, including speakers from the KFO, the Irish Fish Producers' Organisation, the Marine Institute, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Ireland's MEPs for the North West constituency - Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fáil), Marian Harkin (Independent) and Jim Higgins (Fine Gael).

Venue: The Glasshouse Hotel
Swan Point
Sligo

Date: Friday, 28 January

Time: 10am-12.30pm

Chair of First Session:  
Sean O'Donoghue, Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation

Michael Keatinge, BIM
- Ireland's Response to the CFP Green Paper
Paul Connolly, Marine Institute
- The Importance of Science and how it can be improved for the future CFP

Chair of Second Session:
Francis Jacobs, Head of European Parliament Office in Ireland

Lorcan Ó Cinnéide, Irish Fish Producers' Organisation
- Industry Views on existing CFP
Martin Howley, Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation  
- A view from the Deck (TBC)
Sean O'Donoghue, Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation
- What does the Irish fishing industry want from a revised CFP and how it can
be achieved.

Discussants:

Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP
Marian Harkin MEP
Jim Higgins MEP