Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
I am a full member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). The ENVI committee is responsible for a very broad set of policies, ranging from climate change, pollution and the protection of biodiversity, to chemicals, pharmaceuticals, public health programmes, food labelling and veterinary legislation.
My work in ENVI has a strong focus on biodiversity and the protection of the global commons; our seas, our oceans and our land. In particular, I have a strong interest in working on legislation regarding protected habitats and nature restoration. In autumn 2020, I will commence my work as the Green MEP responsible for the 8th Environmental Action Programme (EAP). EAPs are 10 year programmes that have provided the EU with policy frameworks that deliver results and ensure predictable and coordinated action for Europe’s environment and climate change policies. The 8th EAP is for the 2021 – 2030 period.
You can read more about the work of the ENVI Committee here.
Fisheries Committee (PECH)
I serve as the Greens EFA Group coordinator on the European Parliament’s Fisheries (PECH) Committee. The Committee oversees a number of related policy areas, such as the management of all fisheries in EU waters, including the annual setting of quotas for different stocks, the development of regional management plans for European seas and the many international agreements the EU signs with 3rd party countries. The Committee oversees all aspects of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
Fisheries policy is one of the areas where the EU is the primary leader in policy-making, meaning the PECH committee has a significant role to play in ensuring that Europe achieves its goal of making it sustainable, to end overfishing and fight the international problem of illegal and unreported fishing. As Greens coordinator, myself and the other Green members of the committee are working with the Green member of the European Commission, Virginijus Sinkevičius, to improve the EU’s marine policy, and to increase the scope of the Committee’s work into marine protection, sustainable blue growth and more.
As a member of the committee, I am also shadowing some key legislative files, including the important reform of the Fisheries Control Regulation, which seeks to create a level playing field and a fair application of all the rules of the CFP.
You can read more about the work of the PECH Committee here.