Natura 2000 is the centerpiece of the European Union nature & biodiversity policy. Is the largest network of protected areas in the world. The aim of the network is to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats.
On 22 April 2009, the European Commission adopted its Green Paper for a reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. The fisheries of the European Union are indeed suffering from overexploitation of living aquatic resources, notably caused by the chronic overcapacity of the Community fishing fleet. This imbalance is the root of most of the problems in the sector: reduced catches, competition from imports, decreasing prices, economic vulnerability, lack of respect for regulations, etc. The European Commission is launching a broad consultation within the sector to find a solution to this crisis.