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Liadh Ní Riada MEP urges European Council to consider economic and social impact on coastal communities

22 July, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Speaking from Brussels, Liadh Ní Riada the Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South has urged the European Council to consider the economic and social impact on coastal communities. Ní Riada made the call following an exchange of views in the fisheries committee with Fernand Etgen, the Luxembourgian Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection.

Ní Riada, the only Irish MEP on the European fisheries committee, said;

"Although the fisheries committee meeting was productive, there are questions that need to be posed to the new Luxembourgian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

"How will they focus on implementing annual setting of fishing quotas?

"How will they concentrate on the sharing and simplifying of scientific data on fish stocks and multiannual plans?

"Minister Fernand Etgen also stated that the Council Presidency also intends to make progress on the deep-sea trawling regulations.

“As Luxembourg is a land-locked nation, and therefore would not have the same insight into fisheries as sea-faring nations, it is reasonable to present such questions in a forthright manner.

"With that in mind, I hope that the stake-holders will be appropriately consulted especially considering that the Council has no common position on the issue.

"The new Presidency also claimed that it seeks to restore the social dimension of the EU.

“The work of restoring the social dimension of the EU must see the substantive addressing of concerns around the treatment and marginalisation of peripheral regions and the less-wealthy, smaller member states.

"The European Council and the new Presidency must genuinely consider the social and economic impact of policy decisions on costal communities.

"The new Presidency has the flexibility to explore new opportunities in their agenda and work-plan. I hope that they will be vocal and pro-active on such pressing issues.”

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