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European Commisssion. One of the main Institutions of the European Union (EU). A Commission President leads a body of Commissioners, each nominated by their government. Each Commissioner has responsibility for one or more of the 24 Directorates- General, eg DG Fisheries & DG Environment. The Commission formulates and implements EU legislation.

ecosystem approach

The pursuit of a simultaneous understanding of the dynamics of all the populations in an ecosystem and their interactions with each other and their environment.


Referring to organisms living in the region between the surface and 200 m depth.


European Union is a political and economic association of 27 european nations.

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