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14 March 2013

Environmental NGOs have welcomed the proposal for a Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Coastal Management as a tool to help achieve sustainable maritime development, but want to ensure that crucial environmental commitments are not traded off against sectoral ones in the process.

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22 February 2013

Three years after the world’s worst oil spill at sea and EU legislators are on the verge of agreeing a weak and inadequate response to protecting the European marine environment from a Deepwater Horizon style future oil spill.

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17 December 2012

EU countries are not being ambitious enough in implementing the Marine Directive, national targets for 2020 are too weak and there are major shortcomings in coordination at the international level. These are the key findings of a survey held among European NGOs earlier this year.

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30 November 2012

A new report highlighting the economic benefits of a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) in Scottish waters estimates the worth to be £6.3 to £10 billion over 20 years.

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26 March 2012

A study commissioned by the European Commission has analysed different possibilities for policy measures aimed at improving the marine environment. The study’s recommendations are a source of information for Member States when implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and include examples of cost effective measures for the protection of the marine environment.

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20 May 2011

The European Maritime Day is being celebrated with a conference titled “Putting People First”. Around 1000 participants have gathered in the Polish coastal city to discuss the challenges currently facing maritime sectors in Europe.

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03 May 2011

The European Commission has published a new Biodiversity Strategy, aimed at achieving the headline target of halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and restoring them in so far as feasible, while stepping up the EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss.

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12 February 2011

Seas At Risk has called on the European Commission to show more ambition in regards to the ongoing implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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27 January 2011
Estonia, Greece, Finland and Malta have failed to transpose the Marine Strategy Framework Directive into national legislation, thus breaching the legal requirements of the Directive. The European Commission has sent an initial warning to these Member States.  

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24 November 2010

In light of failed international efforts to meet an agreed 10% target for marine protected areas (MPAs), Seas At Risk member Liga para a Protecção da Natureza has launched a global online petition calling for governments to expand and strengthen MPAs.

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24 September 2010

Ministers attending today’s North East Atlantic Environment Summit in Bergen have failed to take marine environmental issues seriously and have signed an unambitious ”Declaration of Delay”, ignoring a whole raft of urgent issues that demand action from them NOW, rather than vague commitments to do something in the future.

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23 September 2010

Environmental NGOs have commented on the work of the OSPAR Commission, calling on all contracting parties agree to a stronger and more ambitious Bergen Statement regarding the protection of the North-East Atlantic.

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15 July 2010

Today marks the first implementation deadline regarding the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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20 June 2010

Ministers from the OSPAR contracting parties will meet together for the first time in seven years to discuss the future of the marine environment of the North East Atlantic.

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18 May 2010

European Maritime Day, in its third year of life, is being acknowledged this May in the format of a five day event incorporating a range of talks and discussions concerning maritime affairs.

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31 March 2010

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has highlighted in its March report the need for drastic action to protect and restore the rich biodiversity of European waters.

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15 March 2010

The Environment Council agreed today to a long-term vision and a new biodiversity headline target for 2020. By agreeing to the strongest of four options proposed by the European Commission, the Council has given biodiversity a second chance after the failure to meet the target of halting biodiversity loss in the EU set for 2010.

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27 January 2010

Scotland’s Aberdeen University has opened a new £4.4 million (€5.05 million) research lab dedicated to understanding the marine environment, the Scottish government announced yesterday.

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11 January 2010

2010 has been appointed by the UN as the Year of Biodiversity – what will the European Commission and other institutions be doing to mark this?

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15 October 2009

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.

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