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Posts Tagged ‘mediterranean’

NGOs saving lives in the Mediterranean: MEPs take stock of the situation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 marzo 2019

2018 Sakharov Prize finalist NGOs, which carried out rescue operations in the Mediterranean and are now prevented from operating, discussed their work with MEPs on Monday.
MEPs of the Civil Liberties and Foreign Affairs committees and Human Rights Subcommittee debated the legal framework of search and rescue operations as well as the challenges faced by people working in the field with representatives of the NGOs.Members of Sea Watch, Solidarity at Sea, Sea Eye, Seebrücke Germany, Open Arms, Médecins sans Frontières and Migrant Offshore Aid Station objected to MEPs that their activities are being unjustly criminalised. They regret that the media and authorities are focussing their attention now on NGOs carrying out these rescue operations, and not on the humanitarian crisis taking place in the Mediterranean.They underlined that, according to international maritime law, people rescued at sea must be brought to a port of safety immediately, and insisted that the Libyan coast guard should not be conducting search and rescue operations.
The NGOs saving lives in the Mediterranean were finalists in last year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

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Agreement on the first ever multi-annual fisheries management plan in the Western Mediterranean

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 marzo 2019

The European Parliament and the Council have reached an agreement on the Commission’s proposal establishing a multi-annual plan for fish stocks in the western Mediterranean Sea, covering mainly areas that concern France, Italy and Spain. The agreement will help restore stocks in the region to levels that can ensure social and economic viability for the fishers.
Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “I am happy that an agreement was reached on our proposalSearch for available translations of the preceding link for the Western Mediterranean Sea region presenting a momentous leap forward in delivering concrete EU commitment to restore vital fish stocks and prevent a loss of jobs in sectors that depend on fisheries. The Mediterranean Sea is highly overfished, as we know, and this first multi-annual plan gives the reassurances needed to change the situation for the better – a win-win situation for our fishermen and oceans alike setting the bar for further progress in the Mediterranean.”Around 16,000 jobs depend on the robust stock preservation measures detailed in the plan. The proposal covers demersal fish stocks, i.e. fish that live and feed at the bottom of the seabed. Catches for these stocks have significantly decreased by around 23 % since the early 2000s. At this rate, more than 90 % of the stocks assessed would be overfished by 2025. The agreement reached last night aims to tackle this critical and urgent issue, and bring back demersal fish stocks to sustainable levels, while ensuring long-term profitability for our fishers.Given the worrying situation of the stocks and the date of entering into force of the plan, a five-year transitional period was included in order to progressively decrease fishing mortality towards the target MSY. The main measures of the plan include an EU fishing effort regime for all trawl vessels operating in the western Mediterranean and a 3-month closure area for the protection of juveniles. Recreational fisheries will also play a greater role, with the possibility of setting non-discriminatory limits in the Council and technical measures through Regionalisation. Finally, control measures will fully apply in order to monitor the fishing effort regime. Once formally adopted, this will be the first multi-annual plan at EU level in the Mediterranean Sea. This reflects Commission’s important work and ambition for Mediterranean fisheries.

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Increased opportunities for small-scale fishermen in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

Ministers from EU Member States and riparian third countries adopted an ambitious 10-year Regional Action Plan for sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The plan sets out detailed measures to ensure a sustainable use of fish stocks, whilst restoring long-term economic and social prosperity for small-scale fishers and coastal communities.The High Level Conference on sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, co-organised by FAO’s General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) and Malta, with the financial support of the European Commission, concluded today with an agreement on a historic political commitment.Today’s Ministerial Declaration takes ambitions to the next level by translating the political commitments set in the Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration (2017) and the Sofia Declaration (2018) into a detailed regional plan. The plan reinforces opportunities for small-scale fishermen in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea regions by giving them a voice in the decisions that affect their livelihoods. It aims at enhancing their capacities in contributing to food security and in achieving economic, social and employment benefits while safeguarding environmentally sustainable fishing practices.The High Level Conference on sustainable small-scale fisheries highlighted best practice from the region, showcasing the progress made in recent years at a dedicated event yesterday. Today, a new digital platform, “Friends of Small-scale Fishermen” was launched. Partly financed by the EU, it is an easy-to-use mapping tool visualising all ongoing projects and investments in small-scale fisheries, and enhancing cooperation across the region.

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Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 ottobre 2018

Malta 24 January 2019. Following a similar approach to that of the May 2018 Blue Invest event, promoting investment in an innovative blue economy, we aim to mobilise private sector investment capital and lending. The blue economy has significant potential for sustainable growth and job creation, particularly around the Mediterranean Sea basin. Investment capital, both public and private, can play a significant role in developing this economic potential. Through this event, we want to increase the engagement of the financial community with the blue economy, and to stimulate investment interest in marine and maritime sectors. In addition, the event will indirectly support the implementation of cooperation initiatives amongst Mediterranean countries in the context of the UfM Blue Economy Forum, the WestMED Initiative , and the EUSAIR. The European Commission (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) is developing a strategy to promote innovation and mobilize investment in the blue economy. Among the initiatives undertaken, the European Commission has created a pipeline of projects, which have the potential to be bankable and viable. In this regard, the European Commission, with the support of an external consultant, is analyzing, enhancing and improving this pipeline.By filling in the questionnaire for pitching at Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019, applicants agree that the information they provide will be used to complement the ongoing work of the European Commission on the project pipeline and that the information provided will be included in the pipeline database.

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Swordfish: New step towards recovery in the Mediterranean

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 maggio 2018

The Commission has approved a proposal to transpose into EU legislation stronger measures to help the recovery of the Mediterranean swordfish. The new regulation incorporates the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas Recommendation 16-05 into EU law. This is a crucial step towards better management of a stock in deep distress and towards achieving the overarching objective of the MedFish4Ever Declaration: ensuring the environmental, economic and social sustainability of Mediterranean fisheries for present and future generations.The proposed regulation provides operators with legal certainty regarding rules and obligations, thus enabling the Union to meet its international responsibilities.Recommendation 16-05 establishes a recovery plan that takes into account the specificities of different types of gear and fishing techniques. When implementing the recovery plan, the Union and Member States should undertake to promote coastal fishing activities and the use of selective fishing gear and techniques that reduce the environmental impact, including gear and techniques used in traditional and artisanal fisheries, thereby ensuring a fair standard of living for local fishing communities.Measures such as quota, the closing period (January to March) and the derogation from the landing obligation were already integrated in EU legislation at an earlier stage. The EU submitted its fishing and inspection plan to the ICCAT Secretariat on 15 March 2018. It includes the number of EU vessels authorised to fish Mediterranean swordfish in 2018: 7537 of which 5464 are recreational vessels and 1918 are long-liners smaller than 24 m of length.

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Western Mediterranean: a management plan to fortify the fishing sector of the region

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 marzo 2018

Brussels. The European Commission has proposed a multi-annual plan for fish stocks in the western Mediterranean Sea. The proposal covers demersal fish stocks, i.e. fish that live and feed at the bottom of the seabed, and bring a significant income to the fisheries sector in the region. According to the latest data, it is estimated that in 2015, French, Italian and Spanish vessels landed around 100 000 tonnes of demersal fish, valued at €675 million. Catches for these stocks have significantly decreased by around 23 % since the early 2000s. At this rate more than 90% of the stocks assessed would be overfished by 2025. Without the collective pooling of effort foreseen by this plan, around 1 500 vessels would be at financial risk by 2025. Today’s proposal aims to restore these stocks to levels that can ensure social and economic viability for the fishermen and the more than 16000 jobs that depend on it. The Commission’s proposal is now submitted for discussion to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

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EU strengthens fisheries conservation and control in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 marzo 2018

The Commission has proposed to transpose a number of measures previously agreed at international level into EU law.Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella said:”Today’s proposal is another step towards achieving the common objectives that we set out in the MedFish4ever Declaration from 2017. This proposal aims to restore and preserve healthy fishing stocks. This is how we keep the jobs that depend on fisheries.” The measures adopted in the framework of General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) cover, inter alia, a joint inspection and surveillance scheme for the Strait of Sicily and management plans for Turbot in the Black sea, Red coral in the Mediterranean and Blackspot seabream in the Alboran Sea. The measures also set out new fishing restricted areas in the Adriatic Sea and the Strait of Sicily.

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Mediterranean migration route: help for Italy and long-term solutions

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 luglio 2017

mediterraneoTo avoid migrants continuing to drown while trying to reach Italy, EU countries must offer their help, say MEPs. The Civil Liberties Committee held on Wednesday a hearing on search-and-rescue operations, the relations between the different actors including EU military vessels, Frontex staff and NGOs, the need to fight people smugglers as well as cooperation with Libyan authorities.Italian Coast Guard Captain Sandro Gallinelli, Frontex executive director Fabrice Leggeri, as well as representatives of Doctors without Borders and Human Rights Watch presented the committee with their views.NGOs’ role, cooperation with Libya, long-term solutions. Most MEPs in the debate defended the work of NGOs from criticism that their presence and rescue interventions are encouraging perilous journeys and even supporting human traffickers. Nevertheless, some MEPs also agreed that a code of conduct is needed to create order in operations at sea.Many voiced doubts about the cooperation with Libya, pointing to the political instability in the country, the unreliability of its authorities and the heightened risk of abuse and violence faced by migrants who are returned to its shores. Finally, most MEPs considered that a longer-term solution is needed, via a well-functioning asylum system, based on fair burden-sharing by all member states, combined with legal ways for migrating to the EU as well as a strategy to address the root causes of migration in the countries of origin. Italy is the main EU arrival point for migrants and asylum-seekers since the closure of the Balkans route and the EU-Turkey deal. In the first six months of 2017, already over 85 000 people arrived on its shores, an increase of almost 10% compared to the same period last year.According to UNHCR data, 2 253 persons have died or gone missing trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea between 1 of January and 30 of June, almost all of them (2 171) in the Central.

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Mediterranean migration route: MEPs discuss how to curb an escalating death toll

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 luglio 2017

mediterraneoBruxelles. Measures to curb the number of migrants drowning when heading for Italy across the Mediterranean will be the focus of a hearing in the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday.Search-and-rescue operations, the relations between different actors in the region (e.g. EU military vessels, Frontex staff and NGOs), the need to fight people smugglers, and cooperation with the Libyan authorities will be some of the issues for discussion.
The Italian government recently urged the EU and other member states to help with the increasing influx of migrants and hinted that it may ban non-Italian NGO rescue ships from entering Italian ports. The European Commission asked the Italian authorities to draft a code of conduct for NGOs carrying out search-and-rescue operations.Among the speakers invited are two senior officers of the Italian Coast Guard, Frontex executive director Fabrice Leggeri, as well as representatives of Doctors without Borders and Human Rights Watch.Italy is the main EU arrival point for migrants and asylum-seekers since the closure of the Balkans route and the EU-Turkey deal. In the first six months of 2017, already over 85 000 people have arrived at its shores, an increase of almost 10% compared to the same period last year.According to UNHCR data, 2 253 persons have died or gone missing trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea between 1 of January and 30 of June, almost all of them (2 171) in the Central Mediterranean route to Italy.Under the two emergency relocation decisions adopted in 2015, 34 953 asylum-seekers likely to be granted refugee status should be transferred from Italy to other EU countries, but so far only 7 615 have been moved (as of 10 July).

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Western Mediterranean: Actions for the sustainable development of the blue economy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 maggio 2017

blue economyBrussels, the European Commission launches a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region.The region covers economic hubs like Barcelona, Marseille, Naples and Tunis. It also includes tourist destinations like the Balearic Islands, Sicily and Corsica.
The sea’s biodiversity is under severe pressure with a recent report by scientists from the Joint Research Centre indicating that 50% has been lost in the last 50 years. In addition to this are recent security and safety concerns from the increase in migration from the South to the North.This initiative will allow EU and neighbouring countries to work together to increase maritime safety and security, promote sustainable blue growth and jobs, and preserve ecosystems and biodiversity.
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said: “Millions of holiday makers have a happy association with the Western Mediterranean. Like the millions more who live across the region, they understand the fragile link between conserving national habitats and traditions and ensuring economic viability. Blue economy is important for each of the countries involved and they have recognised the strength of working together.”
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said: ”This new regional initiative recognises and taps into the economic potential of the Mediterranean Sea and its coast lines to further enhance economic growth, contribute to job creation and eventually the stabilisation of the region. It is an important step towards closer coordination and cooperation among participating countries.”
The initiative is the fruit of years’ of dialogue between ten countries of the Western Mediterranean region who are ready and willing to work together on these shared interests for the region: five EU Member States (France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Malta), and five Southern partner countries (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia). It follows up on the Ministerial Declaration on Blue Economy endorsed by the Union for Mediterranean (UfM) on 17 November 2015. (photo: blue economy)

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European Commission secures 10-year pledge to save Mediterranean fish stocks

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 aprile 2017

europeThe Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration, a practical example of EU’s successful neighbourhood policy, sets out a detailed work programme for the next 10 years, based on ambitious but realistic targets. Over 300 000 persons are directly employed on fishing vessels in the Mediterranean, whilst many more indirect jobs depend on the sector. The Declaration was signed by Mediterranean ministerial representatives from both northern and southern coastlines, a signature that gives political ownership to an issue that was up to now managed at technical level. It is the result of a European Commission-led process that started in Catania, Sicily in February 2016.
Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for the Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, said: “Today we are making history. In signing the Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration, we are affirming our political will to deliver tangible action: on fisheries and other activities that have an impact on fisheries resources, on the blue economy, on social inclusion, and on solidarity between the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean. I hope that this declaration will come to be seen as a turning point – for a bright future for fishermen, coastal communities and fishing resources alike.”
Commitments made by the signatories include:
– By 2020, ensure that all key Mediterranean stocks are subject to adequate data collection and scientifically assessed on a regular basis. In particular small-scale fishermen are to acquire an increased role in collecting the necessary data to reinforce scientific knowledge;
– Establish multi-annual management plans for all key fisheries. On its part, the Commission has already initiated this process with its proposal for a multi-annual fisheries plan for small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic;
– Eliminate illegal fishing by 2020 by ensuring that all States have the legal framework and the necessary human and technical capabilities to meet their control and inspection responsibilities. The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) will lead the development of national control and sanctioning systems;
– Support sustainable small-scale fisheries and aquaculture by streamlining funding schemes for local projects such as fleet upgrade with low-impact techniques and fishing gear, social inclusion and the contribution of fishermen to environmental protection.
The effective implementation of the declaration will be made possible by involving in the process fishers – men and women –, coastal communities, civil society, industrial, small-scale, artisanal and recreational fisheries, as well as the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and GFCM. Today’s declaration is another contribution to the EU’s international commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 14: ‘Conserve and sustainably use the ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’).
The Mediterranean Sea is a unique sea basin, characterised by its long coastline and a fishing sector providing jobs for over 300 000 people. 80% of its fleet belongs to small-scale fishermen (with vessels under 10m long), who fish a quarter of the total catches. These jobs are at risk as fish stocks in the Mediterranean are shrinking: about 90% of assessed stocks are over-exploited. Food security, livelihoods, and regional stability and security are all under threat.
Today’s declaration is the outcome of the so-called Catania process, launched by Commissioner Vella in February last year and entailing fruitful cooperation with stakeholders, the GFCM Secretariat, EU Member States and third countries. Important milestones include a first ministerial conference of Mediterranean fisheries ministers in April 2016, the GFCM annual session in June 2016, and the GFCM inter-sessional meeting in September 2016.
The following parties were represented at the Malta MedFish4Ever Ministerial Conference: European Commission, 8 Member States (Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus), 7 third countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Albania, Montenegro), FAO, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, the European Parliament, the EU Mediterranean Advisory Council. (photo: europe)

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Mediterranean fisheries: stocks recovery means fishers’ recovery

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 aprile 2016

fisheriesTo reverse the dramatic decline of Mediterranean fisheries, Commissioner Vella commits to improve the state of the stocks and thus the economic prospects of the industry. At a global event in Brussels, he unveiled a new strategy for the Mediterranean and launched a dialogue with Ministers from EU and non-EU countries.
“The facts are undisputed – he said at a recent conference -: fish stocks in the Mediterranean are shrinking. Some are on the verge of depletion. All in all, 93% of the fish stocks assessed are over-exploited. This is an environmental but also a social issue, as it represents a clear threat to the way of life of fishing communities around the Mediterranean”.

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SEIU’s Henry: We stand with working people in Alabama fighting against attempt to block local minimum wage boost

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 aprile 2016

washington—SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement today regarding the lawsuit filed by the NAACP and citizens of Birmingham, Ala., over the state legislature’s move to take away a raise for working people in Birmingham that was approved by city government:“The working men and women of SEIU fully support working people in Birmingham and their fight to raise their local wage floor.“It is appalling that profitable special interests are trying to use their influence at the state level to nullify democratic decision-making by African American elected leaders who were elected by the people of Birmingham.“Right now, wages are so low that too many working people are getting trapped into poverty no matter how hard they work. Raising wages will give more families enough money to pay their bills and more money to spend in Birmingham neighborhoods, which will create jobs and boost the economy.“Nearly four in ten Americans who are paid the minimum wage are people of color. For far too long, racism and racial anxiety have been used by corporations and wealthy elites to support policies that hold down wages and turn hard work into poverty jobs.
“We stand against attempts to divide us and for higher wages that fuel inclusive prosperity for every family of every race.”

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A Mediterranean School as a symbol of sustainability and progress

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 agosto 2015

gerardo biancofioreAn Italian project for a better use of natural resources. The Small and Medium Enterprises International Group of Ance, the Italian builders’ association, and Ance Foggia just launched a new school model: the Mediterranean School. It would be an inclusive structure, hosting children from kindergarten up to 13 years old. Moreover, the Mediterranean School will be tailored according to the specific characteristics of the Mediterranean weather, also keeping into consideration the needs of a number of municipalities. Among them, the necessity of having more new schools, provided with technological tools, labs and curricula able to effectively train future professionals. The building of schools will be conducted by using local sustainable materials. Moreover, bioclimatic planning will be used in order to take the best from the heat characterizing the Mediterranean area. An artistic study on lights will be also included to put in evidence shapes and colours. Photovoltaic, thermodynamic and trigeneration energy will be used as engines of the building, reducing the consumption of electricity. The structure will be monitored h24 by automation systems to guarantee an effective functioning. Also with regard to waste, the school reveals its sustainable nature in having adopted recycling of conventional materials (plastic, glass, paper) and humid retrieve together with biogas.
Another innovative feature of the school is the set up of specific labs to make students closer to agriculture and food, with a particular focus on the top products of Made in Italy. Didactic paths will be digitalized, abandoning conventional tools, such as paper, in favour of tablets and storage cloud. Gerardo Biancofiore – President of the Small and Medium Enterprises International Group of Ance and Ance Foggia – portrayed the Mediterranean School as a sustainable school “an harmonious venue, characterized by the right compromise between lights, shades and colours” with a fine Italian style. Finally, the Mediterranean School will be the symbol of “smart cities”, praising technology and sustainability and progress at the same time.

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Situation in the Mediterranean, terrorism, equal treatment, UK opt out

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 novembre 2014

BruxellesBruxelles Wednesday 5 November and Thursday 6 November Room: Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 3C050Situation in the Mediterranean one year after Lampedusa tragic events – presentation by the Chair, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), and adoption of an oral question addressed to the European Commission and to the Council on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration (Wednesday, 9.15 – 9.50)- Terrorism, foreign fighters and EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) – debate with Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, Gilles De Kerchove, EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator, Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, Mara Marinaki, Director for Multilateral and Global Affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS), and Claudio Galzerano, Chairman of EU Council’s Terrorism Working Party (TWP) (Wednesday, 16.30 – 18.30)- Equal treatment of persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation – presentation of the state of negotiations in the presence of the Italian Presidency of the Council – rapporteur: Ulrike Lunacek (Greens/EFA, AT) (Wednesday, 9.50 – 10.20)
– “UK opt out and opt back in” – The transitional provisions in the field of judicial cooperation in criminal matters and police cooperation (Lisbon Treaty – Protocol 36) – presentation by the Commission and the Council Presidency on the state of negotiations with the United Kingdom (Thursday, 9.00 – 10.00)

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FRA Paper on criminalisation of irregular migrants

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 marzo 2014

parlamento europeoA new paper by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) examines measures in EU Member States to counter irregular migration and their compatibility with fundamental rights. The paper is part of FRA’s ongoing work in the area of asylum and migration, and is also a contribution to the current discussions about modifying EU legislation on assisting unauthorised entry. This is an important aspect of the European Commission’s ‘Task Force Mediterranean’, which was set up following the deaths of almost 400 people off the Italian island of Lampedusa in October 2013. The Criminalisation of irregular migrants paper begins by discussing the punishments administered by Member States for irregular entry or residence. The majority of Member States punish irregular entry and stay with imprisonment and/or a fine. This risks migrants being imprisoned beyond the pre-removal detention that is allowed by the Return Directive, which sets out standards and procedures for returning irregular migrants. Because of a real or perceived danger of detection, migrants in an irregular situation are often too afraid to use medical facilities, send their children to school, register their children’s births or attend religious services. If the state encourages the general public to report migrants in an irregular situation to the immigration authorities, this will drive migrants further underground, depriving them of access to public services and making them more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Criminalisation harms not only the migrants themselves, but also those who support them, such as providers of humanitarian or legal assistance, or people who rescue migrants in distress at sea. For example, fishermen fear punishment for rescuing migrants at sea, a fact that was widely reported following the Lampedusa tragedy. In addition, landlords may be punished for renting accommodation to irregular migrants.FRA’s findings are described in the context of the Return Directive, as well as the Facilitation Directive and accompanying regulations that oblige EU Member States to punish anyone who assists a person to enter, pass through or remain on EU territory in an irregular manner. The Paper contains several recommendations that aim to ensure the treatment of irregular migrants entering and living in the EU is in line with the Union’s fundamental rights standards. For example:
•EU Member States should treat migrants in an irregular situation according to the safeguards contained in the Return Directive. As long as the Return Directive applies to them, they should not be subject to imprisonment for irregular entry or stay.
•To promote access to justice, migrants who have become victims of exploitation and abuse need to have a residence permit that is not dependent on the perpetrator. This is particularly important for victims of gender-based violence.
•Anyone giving humanitarian assistance such as rescue at sea or providing humanitarian services such as food, shelter, medical care or legal advice to migrants in an irregular situation should not have to risk punishment for facilitating irregular entry or stay. In addition, renting accommodation to irregular migrants without the intention of preventing the migrant’s removal should not be considered facilitation of stay.

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President of the Algerian Hydrocarbon Regulatory Authority to speak at the HSE Med 2014 Summit

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 24 dicembre 2013

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AHIPAC is active in foreign policy issues affecting Cyprus, Greece, Albania, Turkey, and the Republic of Macedonia, among others. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The huge environmental damages caused by the Prestige oil tanker off the Atlantic coast of Spain, back in 2002 and the oil spill that affected the Tunisian coast in 2005, are only a few emblematic examples raising concerns for the safety of the Mediterranean, a closed sea of a huge significance, where an oil and gas accident would prove disastrous for the coast of all Mediterranean countries.
In order to avoid potential accidents that will cause environmental disasters, Algeria is revising its hydrocarbon regulatory framework to better mitigate its industry’s risks (within the hydrocarbon activities) and the President of the Hydrocarbon Regulatory Authority (ARH) of Algeria, M. Tahar Cherif Zerarka will be giving insights at the HSE Med 2014 Summit in this regards.It is indeed acknowledged that, due to the particular geographical configuration of the Basin, should any environmental accident occur this would ultimately have dramatic consequences for the whole coastal countries. Looking for ways to develop a valid HSE policy would thereby not only help to avoid the risk, but also make a major contribution to business success for the Mediterranean oil and gas companies. Risk Management and Emergency Response will be discussed in depth at the HSE Med 2014 Summit, hosted by IRN on 21st-22nd January at the Starhotel Michelangelo in Florence. The senior level platform will include speakers from many of the nations located on the Mediterranean Sea, from France, Greece, Malta, Italy, Croatia, Lebanon to key North African countries, such as Tunisia, Libya and Algeria. Commissioners from the European Commission and Ministers will meet with major IOCs (such as Suncor Energy, GDF Suez, Shell Lebanon), NOCs (such as Libyan NOC, STEG and SEREPT of Tunisia) operating offshore in the Mediterranean to discuss all HSE matters.The HSE Med 2014 Summit is sponsored by MediLink International, and supported by NOSCA, ACIEP, Pôle Mer Méditerranée and the Romanian National Committee of the World Energy Council.

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Overseas Directors Are USGC’s “Boots on the Ground”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 gennaio 2012

The upcoming U.S. Grains Council 9th International Marketing Conference and 52nd Annual Membership Meeting (Feb. 13-15) in Panama will offer Council members and attendees an unparalleled opportunity to share information with all 10 of the Grains Council’s international directors.“As your ‘boots on the ground,’ they are in a unique position to share the latest developments in their regions,” said Tom Sleight, USGC vice president of operations and membership.“In Panama, we will devote an entire lunch session to a ‘meet your international director’ opportunity,” Sleight explained. “Instead of giving formal presentations, our directors will rotate from table to table to facilitate individual interchanges.”Director-member exchanges at Council meetings present a dynamic trade in information, according to Cary Sifferath, USGC senior regional director for the Mediterranean and Africa.“I know members value the chance to ask questions and get the latest word on developments in our overseas markets, but we as international or country directors also benefit from hearing what’s going on in Texas, Idaho or Indiana.“It’s all about sharing information to connect the dots. What we learn from Council members puts us in a stronger position to speak on behalf of U.S. exports when we go back to our country offices.”
For more details on the Panama meeting agenda or to register, go to http://www.grains.org and click on “upcoming meetings.”

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