News from John O'Brien

14 November 2011
"The Scale Matters – Quality Counts declaration has been a huge success. So far, 168 organisations from 18 EU member states, and beyond, support it. After we launched the declaration last Monday, we took it into the EU Parliament and in the course of two days we presented it to over 30 MEPS, before it was read out in Parliament during the hearing on small-scale and coastal fisheries by John O’Brien, an artisanal fisher from an island off the west coast of Ireland.

On Wednesday the declaration was presented to Commissioner Damanaki . Throughout the three days the declaration was covered in the media across the EU: in the European Voice, in France, in Italy,, in Malta, and in Spain.
  We will continue to use our joint declaration in the upcoming advocacy efforts and hope that it will also help you to raise your voice in the CFP reform process. "


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European Small Islands want to stay alive !

14 November 2011

The Federation of the Small European Islands is the fruit of a rich cooperation between island communities. Since May, 2001, ten national organizations representing small islands decided to meet within a network. The main objective of ESIN is to help the island communities to remain alive and active all year round.
The General assembly of European Small Islands Federation ( ESIN) took place September 14th and 15th on the Ile d'Yeu.
During this assembly two ideas of projects were born :

  •     The first one(night), to develop the exchanges of young people through the European islands so that these last ones can know the other young islanders, another culture, another island lifestyle...
  •     The second idea appeared while the European had an electric motor car for their travel(movement) on the island. This experience(experiment) created the idea to create a working group and to develop this mode of travel(movement) on the islands of member countries

Next ESIN AGM should take place in Scotland in September, 2012.

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European Parliament Intergroup 174

05 November 2010

The Intergoup 174 has launched its offical website.

Visit the website.

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Jean-Yves LE DRIAN is the new CPMR President !

05 October 2010
Jean Yves Le Drian, President of Brittany (France) is the new President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR). He was elected during the 38th CPMR General Assembly held on 29, 30 September and 1st October 2010 in Aberdeen (Scotland, UK) at the invitation of Peter Stephen, Lord Provost of Aberdeen City Council and Bill Howatson, Provost of Aberdeenshire Council.
Just after his election, the new President highlighted the top challenges of his mandate : “The key policy areas will be cohesion policy, as this is what will help us to develop our assets, and maritime policy which is the root of our identity. However, concentrating on these issues does not mean excluding other areas for action: I will particularly focus on further developing the policy area of accessibility which has not yet reached a level that fulfils our expectations."
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Cooperation with our partners

29 September 2010

Following the adoption of the EP resolution on the European strategy for the economic and social development of mountain regions, islands and sparsely populated areas, a common Press release was published with Euromontana, Islands Commission of the CPMR, the association of the European elected representatives from mountain, the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union (INSULEUR) and the Northern sparsely populated areas (NSPA).

This Press release is available on our documentation.

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