“Legal framework a barrier for small scale fishermen” claim fishermen from Northern Greece

Athens 5/12/2016

PRESS RELEASE

 

“Legal framework a barrier for small scale fishermen” claim fishermen from Northern Greece

 

A seminar and informative meeting was held in Thessaloniki, on Saturday 3th December 2016 for the pilot project “Measures to support small scale fisheries in the EU Mediterranean waters” (MARE/2014/04 – SI2.723876) in Greece, Cyprus and Malta.

The meeting was organized by APC s.a. and was conducted by Mr Nikos Anagnopoulos, President and CEO of APC s.a. with the participation of small scale fishermen from Northern Greece, MPs G. Sarides, V. Gregos and I. Lazarides and also representatives of the Fisheries Departments Regional Units of Thessaloniki, Pieria, Halkidiki and Magnisia.

APC s.a. staff presented the objectives and the progress of the project. Also presentations were given by Mrs Christina Karli, staff of the Fisheries Department Regional Unit of Thessaloniki, in relation to small scale fishing in the local community and by Mr Dimitrios Tragalos from the Management Unit of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, in relation to funding opportunities from the Operational Programme for Fisheries 2014-2020.

All participants agreed on the need to amend the existing legislative framework related to Fishermen Associations in order to facilitate their participation in the decision making process. Another obstacle apart from the national legislative framework, is the lack of funding to cover the expenses for the participation in meetings in the EU bodies. An informative tool that can be used by fishermen is the site of the project (http://www.eastmedfishers.eu).

 

For APC s.a.

 

Nikos Anagnopoulos

President & CEO

 

European Union

This project has received funding from the European Union (EC/Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries). The call of the proposals, published under Commission decision C(2014) 6313 final , which approved funding for this and a number of other pilot projects.

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