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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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22 September 2008

Good Environmental Status (GES) is the key concept of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. By 2020, Member States must take the necessary measures to achieve or maintain GES in their marine waters. The Directive foresees 11 descriptors of GES, with which Member States will have to comply.

Seas At Risk has been involved in the negotiation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) since the beginning. With its entry into force, SAR's efforts have shifted to its implementation process.

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24 June 2008

Environment groups welcome the Fisheries Council's decision on IUU fisheries, but strongly oppose the proposed measures to tackle rising fuel prices and regret that no precautionary measures to freeze the footprint of deep water fisheries have been adopted.

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02 June 2008

European NGOs Seas At Risk, BirdLife, Greenpeace, IFAW, Oceana and WWF have issued a common statement on the new European Maritime Policy, advocating that environmental legislation, namely the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, should be at the heart of all maritime initiatives.

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20 May 2008

The 20th May 2008 was the first European Maritime Day, one of several initiatives proposed by the European Commission to celebrate Europe’s maritime heritage and the potential of our oceans and seas. The EU’s new Maritime Policy aims at solving policy conflicts originating from different economic sectors competing for the same maritime space.

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11 December 2007

Brussels, 11th December 2007. A battle of wills between the Council and the European Parliament ended today with the adoption of a Marine Strategy Directive unfit for the purpose of protecting European Seas and acting as the “environmental pillar” of the EU’s new maritime policy.

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