The European Commission has published a progress report on the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP). The report evaluates actions undertaken since 2007 to date, and outlines strategic policy orientations of the future of the IMP.

Once again the Commission places considerable emphasis on the economic potential of maritime sectors, particularly shipping and energy generation. The current financial and economic crisis provides yet an incentive to fully exploit the potential of our seas.

The European Commission has published a progress report on the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP). The report evaluates actions undertaken since 2007 to date, and outlines strategic policy orientations of the future of the IMP.

Once again the Commission places considerable emphasis on the economic potential of maritime sectors, particularly shipping and energy generation. The current financial and economic crisis provides yet an incentive to fully exploit the potential of our seas.


Nevertheless, the Commission has this time also acknowledged the need to fulfil the environmental obligations stipulated by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, by including in its 6 strategic policy orientations the need to define “the boundaries of sustainability of human activities that have an impact on the marine environment [...], paying due attention to their cumulative impacts”. The implementation of the Directive will thus become “a key objective of the IMP, which should also develop the necessary cooperation between all relevant sectors and services to this end”.

Seas At Risk has since 2006 advocated for an Integrated Maritime Policy which puts environmental sustainability at its core, as a pre-requisite for successful maritime economic activities.

The Commission’s progress report further supports this view by asserting the need to further advance the idea of clean ships and to move towards zero emissions, zero discharge shipping.
In addition to that, the Commission calls for a strategy for adaptation to climate change aiming at protecting coastal infrastructure and preserving marine biodiversity.

The ideas outlined in the progress report will be further developed in a policy document detailing projects and initiatives, to be published in 2010, after consultations with stakeholders.

Commission's press release

Commission's progress report on Maritime Policy

Commission's document on the integration of maritime surveillance

Commission's document on the international dimension of the IMP

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