Polish fishermen have been venting their anger over EU cod quotas at the bloc’s office in Warsaw. Since they have caught more than their fair share this will be a factor in future quotas, the regulators say.
The Warsaw roadside cod-roast coincided with the European Commission’s unveiling of an integrated maritime policy strategy.
Commissioner Joe Borg in Brussels made clear that more than fish and jobs need a concerted, new approach.
He said: “Shipping and traffic corridors cross the waters of our member states. Oil spills and pollution don’t know about borders in European waters. And illegal activities such as drug trafficking or illegal immigration are trans-national by nature — affecting all of Europe.”
A raft of law proposals over the next few years will aim at developing the potential of Europe’s seas and waterways more fully.
Ports, customs, offshore energy, climate, mapping and tourism are some of the diverse areas they will cover.
Till now, EU maritime-related rules have largely been divided along sectoral lines.