Eurofish News

EUROFISH and Albanian ministry share a stand at SEG

Aina PanaritiSeafood Expo Global (SEG), the world's biggest and most international seafood event, showcased the latest from seafood processors, equipment manufacturers, and service providers. In other words, SEG is a one-stop shop for anybody directly or indirectly involved with the seafood sector.

EUROFISH International Organisation had a stand at the show together with more than 1,700 exhibiting companies from over 75 countries. EUROFISH is a key player for its 12 member countries in the safeguarding of their fisheries industry's positive image through its flagship publication EUROFISH Magazine. EUROFISH engages in active information and promotion work and cooperates closely with media, various partner organisations, the fisheries industry and its member states authorities. Several bilateral meetings were held during the three days laying a solid foundation for EUROFISH's future activities for the benefits of the members.

LVCountries with significant seafood sectors had national pavilions to exhibit their companies' goods and services. These vast stands also housed representations from national and regional authorities, associations, NGOs, research bodies, and other stakeholders to give a comprehensive picture of the sector in their countries. EUROFISH co-exhibited with the Albanian Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration and two private companies from Albania, Koral, and Mare Adriatik. Providing stand space for member countries' companies or administrations is just one of the services EUROFISH offers.

Aina Afanasjeva, the EUROFISH Director, also met her compatriots, Janis Duklavs, the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia and Sanita Pavluta-Deslandes, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative to the EU, at the Latvian pavilion organised by the Union of Latvian Fish Processing Industries, where a number of companies were exhibiting. Mr Duklavs and Ms Pavluta-Deslandes were introduced to the Eurofish Magazine, which has regularly featured developments in the Latvian industry over the years.

Romania: Funding under EMFF has commenced

Romania has officially commenced funding under the EU's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) until 2020. On 21 April in Tulcea, the launch of the Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Operational Programme 2014-2020 took place at an event organised by the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Tulcea City Council. It was attended by government officials, including the head of the Management Authority, as well as potential beneficiaries and local authorities. The EMFF supports fishermen in the transition towards sustainable fishing, helps coastal communities to diversify their economies, and finances projects that create jobs and improve the quality of life along European coasts.

Under the Romanian programme, the EU will spend more than euro 168 million to increase production in aquaculture and processing, preserve biodiversity and ensure environmental protection, and to maintain and create jobs, particularly in the fishing sector.

An overview of Romania's Operational Programme is available.