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Carnegie Oldpark – European Heritage Open Days

Saturday 10th September
Carnegie Oldpark Library, 46 Oldpark Road, Belfast BT14 6FR
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Horizon 2020 Information Day & Brokerage Event “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”

Wednesday 14th September
European Commission, Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, Brussels
See website for details

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Environment Ireland – State of Ireland’s environment 2016

Thursday 22nd September
Croke Park, Dublin
See website for details

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NIEL Annual Conference 2016 – Delivering Prosperity Through The Environment

Friday 30th September
Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office, Corporation Square, Belfast BT1 3AL
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EC Challenge on Strangford 16 March 2012

EC challenge on Strangford Lough

The Department of Environment and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed that a letter has been received from the European Commission outlining their final position in respect of the management of Strangford Lough.

The Commission has raised concerns about the protection of the remaining communities of Horse Mussels (modiolous), the control and assessment of pot fishing and acquaculture activities and enhance restoration of habitat.

Alex Attwood said: “A formal letter has been received from the EU commencing a process of investigation and dialogue. Our response must be decisive. We need to demonstrate that the horse mussel reef issue is being conclusively addressed. I will be discussing this issue with my Executive colleague Michelle O’Neill. We have until May this year to convince the EU that any deterioration is being addressed, beyond which infraction awaits”

Minister O’Neill added “My Department has responsibility for fisheries management in the Lough. I remain disappointed with the Commission interpretation but I am determined to develop a response which fully matches our responsibility under the Habitats Directive. I have undertaken to meet fishermen in the near future to discuss options with them and officials from both Departments will be working hard together to develop a satisfactory management regime for the future.”

Minister Attwood concluded “Following my meetings in Brussels, I am arranging to return to Brussels in the next few weeks to discuss with senior EU officials – and I hope with the Environment Commissioner – to attempt to ensure understanding of measures to protect the horse mussel reef, a sustainable fishing industry working in harmony within the ethos of the Habitats Directive and to show an unambiguous determination to settle the matter once and for all”.