Brussels, 6th October - Seas At Risk congratulates Swedish MEP Isabella Lövin, who will be leaving the European Parliament to become Minister of Foreign Aid and Development in the new Swedish government.

Ms Lövin, member of the Fisheries Committee since 2009 and re-elected in May 2014, has been a driving force in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). She will be sorely missed.

During her time on the fisheries committee Ms Lövin has always demonstrated herself to be well informed and competent in tackling participants in discussions with pointed questions, and could always be relied upon to move the discussion forward even through difficult terrain. She was rapporteur for the reform of the External Dimension file of the CFP that provided Parliament’s guidelines on existing and future agreements with third countries and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations. She managed to ensure a relatively smooth and quick adoption of the Parliament’s opinion that includes measures that should result in fair and sustainable agreements. As the creator of the tremendously influential ‘CFP Reform Watch’ blog she illustrated the reform process, warts and all, and provided its readers with extraordinary insight into the discussions framing the reform.

Seas At Risk regrets the imminent departure of Ms Lövin but wishes her all the best in her new role.

 

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