Algeria: Mediterranean resources vital for entire region – Commissioner Vella
April 11, 2016
Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, visited Algeria on Thursday 7 April 2016, to discuss “the need for a common strategy for the Mediterranean Sea”, according to a statement released at the start of his trip. The results of the mission have not yet been released, however on the eve of its journey the Commissioner underlined that “the Mediterranean is a politically, culturally and economically diverse sea-basin having shared resources and potential, vital for the entire region. Healthy ecosystems are vital to keep generating wealth; a healthy Mediterranean Sea where natural richness is used responsibly will enable us to harness the full potential of the blue economy, contributing significantly towards driving regional competitiveness and stability”.
The European Commission is looking to intensify regional dialogue and, to this end, increase the role of the Union for the Mediterranean. Commissioner Vella will invite the Algerian government to a Ministerial conference on 27 April in Brussels. Their participation will be important to support ambitious measures to be proposed at the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) annual session in May 2017, said Commissioner Vella.