Libya: fishing, 'Nicosia' cooperation initiative in Trieste

Three days of meetings, promoted by the EU

13 June, 11:57

    (ANSAmed) - TRIESTE, JUNE 13 - Developing fishing in Libya through the cooperation between the institutions of the north-eastern Italian region Friuli Venezia Giulia and authorities in the North African country is the aim of a three-day event in Trieste which is part of the initiative on June 15-18 called ''Nicosia'' - from the name of the capital of Cyprus where it was organized - promoted by the EU through the committee of regions.

    The mayors of Tobruk, Tripoli, Sirte, Benghazi and other cities in Libya will attend the gathering.

    During the meeting and visits on the ground, participants will discuss issues including water culture, culture of mollusks, the preservation of the environment, the commercialization of products, the preservation of health.

    IPresenting the event, the president of the Regional Council, Franco Iacop, said the region is the ''first in Italy to host such initiative'' after Spain, Portugal and Belgium. According to Iacop, ''fishing can be an important occasion for economic development and a tassel of reconstruction of the territory and stabilization of Libya. If opportunities of development and earning an income will be created for the population on the coasts of Africa, it will also be possible to regulate migration flows''.

    Representatives of local communities called for strong economic cooperation in the fishing sector.

    Stefano Sotgia, a member of the EU delegation for Libya, has stressed the possibility of ''giving an alternative to youths thanks to the richness of the Libyan sea and Europe's need for imports''.

    (ANSAmed).

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