Isabella Lövin new Minister for Development Assistance

Sweden’s new prime minister this morning announced the names of the ministers in Sweden’s new government. Isabella Lövin will take place in the foreign ministry as Minister for Development Assistance.

Read more at www.mp.se or (soon) at www.government.se

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Greens second largest party in European Elections in Sweden

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The Swedish Green Party (Miljöpartiet) became the second largest party in the European Election.

“This is fantastic! It’s what I dreamed about and it came true”, Isabella Lövin told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

- Official election results.

Update after final count of votes:
The four Swedish MEPs will be:
Isabella Lövin
Peter Eriksson
Bodil Ceballos
Max Andersson

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Isabella Lövin lead candidate for Swedish Greens in European election 2014

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Isabella Lövin and Peter Eriksson will be the leading candidates for the Swedish Green Party in the European elections 25 May 2014. The list was decided by a vote by the party members and was presented 12 February.

The five first names on the list are:
1. Isabella Lövin, MEP
2. Peter Eriksson
3. Bodil Ceballos
4. Max Andersson
5. Linnéa Engström

Read more::
Press release with the complete list

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The European Parliament calls for action to save eels

Today (Wednesday 11 September) the European Parliament endorsed proposalals by Isabella Lövin to save the European eel. The Parliament calls for new legislation on eel recovery and for a proper evaluation on the controversial measure of restocking of baby eels.

The European eel is critically endangered. The amount of eels has decreased by more than 95 percent during the last three decades. In 2007 the EU adopted an eel recovery plan, but the measures have not been sufficient. As the current eel plan is being revised, the European Parliament supports the green proposal that the European Commission by 31 March 2014 shall present a new legislative proposal aimed at the recovery of the European eel, closing the loopholes in the current regulation which have facilitated overfishing and trade.

The European Commission shall, by 31 December 2013, present an evaluation of the eel re-stocking measures. Today baby eels are caught in one part of Europe and stocked in another country. There is lack of reliable scientific research that shows whether the restocked eels actually contribute to an increase in eels going back to the Sargasso Sea to spawn.

Read more
* The European Parliament’s press release, with links to documents: Parliament demands tougher rules to save the European eel stock
* The Green Group’s press release
* EuroparlTV: Saving European Eels

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Isabella Lövin maintains that the EU–Kiribati fisheries agreement is an obstacle to improving regional management of tuna fisheries

Earlier this year Isabella Lövin explained in a letter to Kiribati’s government her intentions to propose that the European Parliament decline to give its consent to the new EU–Kiribati fisheries agreement.

Now there has been a new turn of correspondance.

On 23 July 2013, Kiribati’s Secretary of Fisheries and Marine Resources wrote a letter to Isabella Lövin, explaining why he finds the fisheries agreement to be compatible with the regional approach to fisheries management.

Now, 2 September, Isabella Lövin has replied with a letter to the Kiribati government, elaborating on why, in her view, the agreement is an obstacle to improving regional management of tuna fisheries.

Update 5 September:
Last week the European Commission sent a letter to MEPs in the fisheries committee, with arguments in favour of the fisheries agreement with Kiribati.

On 4 September, Isabella Lövin wrote a document with replies to the Commission’s arguments

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The EU should pay for every day of fishing in Kiribati

Isabella Lövin today asked the government of Kiribati for clarification on why the renewal of the EU-Kiribati fisheries agreement fails to respect the provisions of international treaties such as the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA).

The European Parliament will soon vote to reject or approve an extension of the EU’s fisheries agreement with the Pacific Ocean island nation Kiribati. Isabella Lövin is the rapporteur of this file in the fisheries committee.

Isabella Lövin will propose that the Parliament votes against the agreement. Today (25 June) she elaborates on her arguments in a letter to Kiribati’s government, in reply to a letter from Kiribati’s Secretary of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development dated 10 June.

Background
Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) is an agreement between several nations in the Pacific Ocean to regulate access to a migrating tuna stock by selling licenses for single fishing days at sea through a Vessel Day Scheme (VDS).

EU and Kiribati have – in breach with the PNA – negotiated a fisheries agreement whereby four EU vessels for a relatively low amount of money get unlimited access to Kiribati’s waters.

This means that it is unclear to what extent regional limits on fishing effort apply to EU vessels and that Kiribati is likely to get less money for the fish resource from the EU compared to if they were to apply VDS. Kiribati is already applying VDS in bilateral agreements with Japan, Taiwan, China and New Zealand, so there is no good explanation to why VDS is not a part of the new agreement with the EU.

One purpose of VDS is that the many small island nations in the Pacific can establish a common negotiation position toward large fishing nations such as China, USA and the EU. The fact that Kiribati does not apply VDS in the EU agreement jeopardises the regional cooperation which is critical to increasing the revenue all the nations in the region get from tuna resources they rely upon.

The development committee in the European Parliament on 24 June voted with a large majority for an opinion which calls on the Parliament to decline to give its consent to the fisheries agreement.

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European Parliament and Council agree on fisheries reform

At 3:30 in the morning 30 May, the European Parliament and Council reached political agreement on the main points in the basic regulation in the fisheries reform.

Commenting on the deal, Isabella Lövin said:
”The deal includes a number of major breakthroughs. EU governments agreed to Green proposals to ensure that those who fish in a more sustainable way and contribute to coastal communities get priority access to fisheries. Rules on how the EU fleet fishes in non-EU waters have also been strengthened. EU fishing vessels will only be allowed access to surplus fish in third countries: a crucial measure for preventing the over-exploitation of developing countries’ fish stocks.”

Green press release: Deal an important step forward for EU fisheries policy
Find more information on the deal on CFP Reform Watch.
The Local (Swedish news in English): Swede of the week: Sweden’s defender of fish reels in historic deal

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