Strategic guidelines for a more sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture for the period 2021 to 2030

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Series Details COM (2021) 236
Publication Date 17/05/2021
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Communication published by the European Commission on 17 May 2021, setting out new guidelines for the European Union's aquaculture sector during the period from 2021 to 2030.

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The guidelines offer a common vision to develop this sector in a way that contributes to theĀ European Green Deal and in particular theĀ Farm to Fork Strategy. The latter sets out specific targets for aquaculture. The document focuses on addressing the following objectives:

  • Building resilience and competitiveness of the EU aquaculture sector;
  • Ensuring the participation of the EU aquaculture in the green transition;
  • Fostering social acceptance and improved consumer information on EU aquaculture activities and products;
  • Increasing knowledge and innovation in the EU aquaculture sector.

This Communication reviews the 2013 strategic guidelines for the sustainable development of EU aquaculture. These guidelines were the main pillar of strategic coordination of sectoral policy in the European Union (EU) ever since. The fresh guidelines identify 13 areas where further work is required to promote the sustainability, competitiveness and resilience. They also also provide specific recommendations and proposes concrete actions by all relevant stakeholders.

The Council of the European Union adopted on 18 July 2022 a set of conclusions focusing on these new aquaculture strategic guidelines.

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EATIP: News, 14/05/2021: "Knowledge & Innovation Key": Strategic Guidelines for EU Aquaculture - the Next Decade

European Commission: Aquaculture guidelines
European Commission: Press Release, 17/05/2021: European Green Deal: Commission adopts strategic guidelines for sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 18/07/2022: Council approves conclusions on the new aquaculture strategic guidelines for a more sustainable, resilient and competitive aquaculture sector

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