EU-FIN (A European Union Fishing Network): Europe for Citizens program.
The main purpose of the EU-FIN project has been the creation of an international network that gathers several municipalities belonging to different European nations, united by a strong and thriving tradition in fisheries. The project involved the organization of 4 events (Ravenna, Syracuse, Espinho, Denia) during which the various the Delegates had the opportunity to discuss the main thematic of the sector, such as the importance of the fishing tradition in various countries, even in relation to the sustainable development and social integration, European and national legislation and guidelines, exchange of best practices, analysis of the political and economic costs of non-integration and not harmonization in the European context.
Other results have been: a considerable increase to the knowledge of the Europe for Citizens program and the wide dissemination of results achieved during the meetings to a wider public, raising awareness of the importance of a common fisheries policy and its tradition.
Following a brief description of the four events held and the achieved results.
- The first event took place in Ravenna in Italy from 9 to 11 February 2015. The conference “Sustainable Fishing – Problems and Common Perspectives” held at the Nature Museum of St. Albert, was articulated into three sessions. The first was the presentation of the program that has allowed the realization of this project and has allowed the participants to increase their knowledge on the Ravenna’s territory and the illustration of the Nature Museum, one of the Emilia Romagna Region excellences, has welcomed Eu-fin Project and its delegates for this first event of the project. The next session – both technical and scientific – has focused its attention on the situation of fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea, highlighting the problems and future prospects, the economic and environmental sustainability, safety and health for consumers, marketing strategies for the marketing of fish products.
- The second event of the project took place in Denia, Spain, from 6 to 8 May 2015. The conference “Innovation and Sustainability in Marine Environment and Traditional Fishing” was held at the Castle of Denia. The scientific and technical session focused the attention in the marine environment sustainability and innovation in relation to the traditional fishing techniques. Thanks to the interventions of: Italian veterinarians, representatives of Greenpeace in the city of Madrid, the Director of the Department of Research Oceanogràfic of Valencia, Professors of the University of Alicante and a representative of the local fishing community, all participants to the event have been able to understand the positive impact in terms, not only of environmental, but also of economics, of sustainable fisheries policies. The afternoon session was characterized by the round table on the actions to be developed in partnership in the 2014-2020 programming period.
- The third event was held in Espinho in Portugal from 9 to 11 September 2015. The conference “Artisanal Fishing: from regulation to sustainable practices in tourism opportunity” was held at the Forum of Art and Culture of Espinho (F.A.C.E.) (the building that hosts the F.A.C.E. is an ex factory for the conservation of bluefish decommissioned and turned into a cultural space for citizenship in Espinho (museum, exhibition space and conference) and it was attended, besides the invited international delegates by about 60 local delegates). The event was attended by leading Italian and international experts who have delineated a clear and comprehensive picture of the state of fisheries in the Mediterranean, within the European Union’s Common fisheries policy.
- The final event of the EU-FIN project, in the definition phase (September 2015), was held in Syracuse and featured three main aims: the official signing of the project among partners of the Memorandum of Understanding “For a common development path of cities on the sea “, the definition of the European Group of Territorial Cooperation and the dissemination of project results.