29th May 2013
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
A big wave of thanks goes back to YOU, the 120,000 individuals and more, that have already and are still signing paper boats in support of low-impact fishing.
Yesterday, while I was on my way back from Saint Malo, colleagues in Brussels presented a gigantic flotilla of paper boats to the three politicians that lead the negotiations on EU fisheries reform:
Ulrike Rodust (on the far left), who is the Member of the European Parliament that heads the Parliament negotiation team; Maria Damanaki, the EU’s Fisheries Commissioner and Tom Hanney, the chief negotiator for the Council of fisheries ministers.
All three were fascinated by the numbers and read through some of our messages. So, I assure you, YOUR CALLS for EU fisheries reform in support of low-impact fishing were heard loud-and-clear, less than an hour before the three sat down to begin the last phase of negotiations on fisheries reform.
The politicians met for five long hours last night and will meet again this evening, but if the position of the Council of ministers does not move a bit closer to that of the European Parliament (which is much stronger), a compromise may not be reached tonight.
Politicians love late-night talks, because only the person with stamina and a taste for coffee (or worse) will have a chance to influence the outcome. But fear not, if any of the three nod off during the talks, they will soon be reminded of YOUR CALL for action! We left each of them a little desk-sized trophy of paper boats as a reminder.
Hopefully, they will not doubt that YOU thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. As commitment like YOURS is the only thing that ever has.
Article by Saskia Richartz