Brussels, 10th October 2007. Yesterday the European Parliament continued its defence of a strong Marine Strategy Directive; today the Commission published a Communication on an EU maritime policy promoting exactly the kind of maritime industry development the environmental consequences of which the Directive is intended to combat.

Brussels, 10th October 2007. Yesterday the European Parliament continued its defence of a strong Marine Strategy Directive; today the Commission published a Communication on an EU maritime policy promoting exactly the kind of maritime industry development the environmental consequences of which the Directive is intended to combat.

The second reading Environment Committee vote on the Marine Strategy Directive was the European Parliament’s first public response to the Council common position agreed at the end of 2006 (see related news), and shows its continued support for a strong Directive. That said heavy lobbying from industry interests resulted in the weakening of the draft Directive’s provisions for the nuclear, shipping and offshore oil & gas sectors.

The Communication on “An Integrated Maritime Policy for the Union” launched today contains a first list of EU maritime policy initiatives. According to the Communication the goal of the maritime policy is to “create the optimal conditions for the sustainable use of the oceans and seas, enabling the growth of maritime sectors and coastal regions.” The Communication is big on the promotion of maritime industries but short on concrete new ideas for how growth in maritime industries can be uncoupled from the environmental harm they cause. Important marine environmental issues are touched on and some of the proposals in this regard are to be welcomed, but the overall flavour of the Communication, like the Green Paper that preceded it, is “jobs and growth”.

Communication from the Commission on "An Integrated Maritime Policy for the Union" (10/10/07).
"Working Document" accompanying the Communication from the Commission on "An Integrated Maritime Policy for the Union" (10/10/07).

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