Europe is composed of more than 50 countries bound by strong historic and cultural ties. Twenty-eight of these states make up the European Union; 18 of them share a common currency, the euro. The EU has a combined population of 500 million people and is the largest economy in the world by nominal gross domestic product. The EU has been at the forefront of environmental protection and marine conservation, although it struggles to match this effort with its fisheries management. Today, economic crises and increasingly complex political structures are testing decision-makers' ability to deliver on their constituents’ expectations. 
By the numbers
  • 95%proportion of fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea that are overfished

  • €6.5 billion size, in euros, of 2014-20 budget for projects implementing the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy

  • 2020 latest date by which the EU wants to end overfishing

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