Ministerial Conference on Mediterranean fisheries (Malta, 29 and 30 March 2017)

After the achievements reached in the framework of the Venice declaration for the sustainable development of fisheries in the Mediterranean adopted in 2003, it is high time to renew political commitment to ensure the social, economic and environmental sustainability of fisheries in the Mediterranean.

Progress has been made at institutional, scientific, technical and inter-governmental levels. However, further work and cooperation is needed to restore key stocks which remain essential for the long-term viability of the sector, especially for small-scale fisheries. Healthy fish stocks remain a precursor for a productive sector that can continue to sustain jobs so essential for food security and regional stability.

This conference will aim to confirm a new dynamic for the next 10 years to secure a prosperous future for Mediterranean fisheries,

It will strive to adopt a ministerial declaration setting concrete objectives to address major issues such as data collection and exchange, scientific advice and cooperation, management measures for key stocks, better involvement of small-scale fishermen, improved collaboration for control and fight against IUU fishing.

Invited participants

Delegations

-Fisheries Ministers from Mediterranean countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey

-European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella

-General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean: President and Executive Secretary

-Food and Agriculture Organization: Director General

-International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna: Chair and Executive Secretary

-Members of the European Parliament: chair of the fisheries committee

-Mediterranean Advisory Council Chairman

Stakeholders

-Fishermen, fishermen representatives, non-governmental organizations

Indicative programme

29 March - Verdala Palace, Buskett Gardens

-10:00-13:00: Meeting between Commissioner Vella and stakeholders

-19:00-22:00: Launch event of the conference and welcome reception for delegations and stakeholders, opened to media

30 March - Grand Master's Palace, Valletta

-10:00-13:00: Plenary conference - Participation limited to delegations

-13:00-14:00: Signing ceremony of the conference declaration by delegations, opened to stakeholders and media

-14:30-16:30: Lunch for delegations and stakeholders

Registration and accreditation

Please note that no access to meeting venues will be granted without official registration and accreditation clearance and the official event badge delivered by the Maltese authorities (Presidency Unit). Accreditations must be requested at least three weeks in advance. Queries related to registration and accreditation should be addressed to accreditation@eu2017.mt or +356 2540 2700.

You are kindly requested to register here for the events opened to the press