Sinkevičius did not disappoint, he has potential

Virginijus Sinkevičius

"Sinkevičius is a man with huge potential", said Peter Liese MEP and Francisco José Millán Mon MEP, EPP Group Spokesmen for the Environment and Fisheries Committees, respectively, following the hearing of the Commissioner-designate for Environment and Oceans.

"He is the first representative of the millennium generation in the European Commission. A good signal for the young. His background as Minister for Innovation will be helpful when we address environmental problems", said Liese.

"Even though I don’t agree with all his statements during the hearing, we are ready to support him and work with him. We expect him to listen carefully to the biggest political group of the European Parliament", he continued.

"The future of the planet is justly green and blue, but that does not mean the future of fisheries has to look grey. We are happy that Virginijus Sinkevičius is committed to making fishing a noble profession. We need to focus on quality, not quantity", said Millán Mon.

"The fisheries sector will face many challenges, not just due to climate change but also because of the possible Brexit. I hope that Mr Sinkevičius will keep his promises not to leave fisheries behind", concluded José Millán Mon MEP.

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