The sea plays a crucial role in our prosperity and quality of life. To take full advantage of its potential, the sea has to be considered as an inseparable whole. The stakes are greater economic growth, the creation of jobs and protection of the environment. For that reason, the European Commission is launching a consultation on an integrated maritime policy capable of ensuring sustainable development.
To make this reflection process easier, the European Commission is putting out a Green Paper. It will nurture a wide consultation of European citizens and experts from all technical and policy areas related to the sea. Based on this public debate on the Green Paper, the Commission will decide what action will be taken