September in Brussels: Back to School for the European Parliament


Date: September 1, 2010



September 1st means summer is already over in Brussels. The holidays are at an end, and everyone has gone back to work. The metro is packed again, it’s nearly impossible to find a spot for lunch in Place Luxembourg, and sunglasses are being replaced with coats and umbrellas. This ‘back to school” atmosphere also touches the European Institutions and the world of policy makers.

The Committee on Fisheries kicked this week off with a tense session discussing the management plan for the anchovy stock and the mackerel war going on between the EU, the Faroese Islands and Iceland.

Tomorrow (September 2nd), you certainly don’t want to miss the Public Hearing organized by the Greens/EFA on a key question in the debate on Common Fisheries Policy Reform: Who should have the right to fish?

As with every year, our work plan through December 2010 is heavy, but after two months of slowed summer activity, we are looking forward to jumping back into our work at the EU level to protect European oceans.