The NGO networks which work for the protection of the European seas will meet in Rome, during the celebrations of the European Maritime Day. They will discuss the future role of the Integrated Maritime Policy in achieving good environmental status in all European marine regions by 2020.

 

The NGO networks which work for the protection of the European seas will meet in Rome, during the celebrations of the European Maritime Day. They will discuss the future role of the Integrated Maritime Policy in achieving good environmental status in all European marine regions by 2020.

The first meeting of the NGO networks working for the protection of European seas took place in 1996. In 2008 Seas At Risk has taken the initiative to revive this cooperation and invited the Black Sea NGO Network (BSNN), Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB), and the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) to come together and discuss issues of common importance for all networks.

The ESEC partners discussed policy developments regarding the adoption of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) and reached the conclusion that the Marine Strategy Directive should "effectively serve as the benchmark for the implementation of the Maritime Policy actions". In addition to that, the networks expressed concerns regarding the real level of integration of policies, and advocated that the Maritime Policy process should provide a framework for true integration of environmental concerns into other sectoral policies regarding the marine environment.

On the 21st of May the ESEC networks will meet once again and evaluate what actions and policies must be developed in the context of Maritime Policy in order to achieve good enviromnental status in European waters by 2020.

Joint ESEC statement 2008

European Maritime Day celebrations in Rome

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