July 10, 2012
EU Fisheries Commissioner visiting Japan for discussions
The European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Maria Damanak, will visit Japan from July 9 - July 13 to look into increasing the level of cooperation between the EU and Japan on fisheries and maritime policies.
On July 11, Commissioner Damanaki and Akira Gunji, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, will sign, on behalf of the EU and on behalf of the government of Japan in the field of fisheries, a Joint Statement on mutual cooperation in the fight against Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing.
The visit's programme also includes meetings with several other ministers and authorities, as well as with NGOs and academia.
Commissioner Damanaki will also travel to the Tohoku region, a region which suffered heavily in the 2011 tsunami. The Commissioner will meet with the local authorities and the local community.