20 June 2012
Isabella Lövin (Greens/EFA, Sweden) today was announced winner of the “Fair Politician of the Year” award in the European parliament. She received the award for her work with making the EU fisheries policy more fair to developing countries.
“I am very happy and honoured! Because of overfishing in the EU we are importing more than 60% of the fish we eat, and the EU fleet is active around the world. This jeopardises food security in developing countries and I have addressed this in my work in the Parliament,” Isabella Lövin said after the award ceremony.
Development goes beyond aid. To really make development work, all EU policies, like those on trade, migration or agriculture, must be coherent with development goals.
Since 2009 the Evert Vermeer Foundation (EVF), as part of its Fair Politics programme, rewards the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) who has most actively sought to include the interest of developing countries in EU policies, with the title of Fair Politician of the Year. See www.fairpolitics.eu
In the European Parliament, Isabella Lövin is pursuing policies with the aim of ensuring that EU vessels only fish on stocks where there is a surplus of fish, that fisheries agreements should contribute more to helping developing countries develop their local fisheries sector, and that the same rules should apply to EU vessels no matter if they fish inside or outside EU waters.
Read Fair Politics’ announcement: Isabella Lövin (Greens) is Fair Politician of the Year!
Axel Naver, press officer for MEP Isabella Lövin, +32 491 73 95 56
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