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The EU Fisheries Commissioner seeks a “constructive dialogue” in Spain with the fishing sector

Brussels, Sep 18 (EFE) .- The European Commissioner for Fisheries, Oceans and the Environment, Virginijus Sinkevicius, begins a three-day visit to Spain this Sunday to establish “a constructive dialogue” with his interlocutors, especially the fishing sector, in search of the “right path” to environmental and socio-economic sustainability.

“I come to establish a constructive dialogue with the Spanish stakeholders, who are relevant to some of the key responsibilities that I have,” Sinkevicius listed to Efe in an interview on the occasion of the visit that will take him to Galicia, Murcia and Alicante.

Both at the beginning of his visit in Vigo (Galicia) and at the end in Santa Pola (Alicante), Sinkevicius will be accompanied by the Spanish Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Luis Planas, and local authorities. On Tuesday, he will make an intermediate stopover in Murcia, marked by the problems in the Mar Menor.

“I have a special interest in finally meeting, together with Minister Planas, with fishermen and their representatives, both in Galicia and on the Mediterranean coast” to convey the “message” that “they are key to the implementation of the Green Pact”, said.

And it is that, he added “as we continue our exchanges and constructive dialogues with the different sectors, we can ensure sustainability from both the environmental and socio-economic point of view.”

He acknowledged that it is a “difficult task” but hoped that they can “find the right way”.

SINKEVICIUS: MARINE RECOVERY IS PROFITABLE

In the case of fisheries and marine biodiversity, he urged to continue making “efforts to totally reverse the trend and ensure the full recovery of ecosystems.”

“It is reassuring that experience tells us, everywhere, that conservation is economically profitable,” he said.

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