Extracts from the report by Wilhelm Ernst Piecyk, Member of the EP, on the European maritime policy
End production: 20/05/2008 First transmission: 20/05/2008
Members of the EP debated and voted on a report by Wilhelm Ernst Piecyk, Member of the EP, on a future maritime policy as the Parliament marked the first European Maritime Day, which was launched with the signing of a joint declaration by the Parliament, Council and Commission Presidents. This own-initiative report by Wilhelm Ernst Piecyk is based on the Commission Green Paper on maritime policy which promotes the development of a thriving maritime economy, using the full potential of sea-based activity in an environmentally sustainable manner. This includes retaining Europe's leadership in sustainable marine development, maximising quality of life in coastal regions, providing the tools to manage our use of the oceans and good governance. The most important items are a call for a reduction of CO2, SO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions from ships by assessing the feasibility of emissions trading and by promoting renewable energies for shipping; a call for a proposal as to ensure that bunker oil from engine fuels in new ships has to be stored in safer double hull-tankers; a call for a European Coast Guard to be set up in order to increase cooperation and coordination for different problems in the maritime sector.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
||Wilhelm Ernst Piecyk, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) saying that they want to see maritime transport built into that climate package; they want to see a drastic reduction of sulphur dioxide nitrogen dioxin and other emissions; and in the ports they don't want to see the boats simply generating their own electricity by means of on board motors carbon;
saying that if today amongst the votes that are taking place they sign up to 20 May, the Maritime Day, he hopes that when another year goes round they will see that a lot has happened in the interim period
||Joe Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission welcomes the continued emphasis placed by the European Parliament on the environmental dimension of maritime policy;
saying that the Commission also welcomes the recognition by the EP of the importance of maritime transport to the European economy and EP support for a common maritime transport area for the development of the motorways of the sea and short sea shipping, all projects that the EC is pushing forward; in terms of research, the EC supports the EP for the development of a comprehensive marine research strategy which will be a cornerstone of maritime policy, and should be ready for adoption by mid 2008; the EC welcomes the positive attitude of the report towards the need to ensure sustainability in the field of fisheries
||Sérgio Marques, Member of the EP, (in PORTUGUESE) saying that the balance is globally positive; obviously you have to take into account the principle of subsidiarity and now they have to carry out an effective integrated maritime policy which will ensure coordination between the different sectorial policies and which will release synergies they hope for and will create real added value;
saying that the Regional Policy Committee hopes that the integrated maritime policy will have a positive impact on the development and protection of coastal regions and ultra peripheral regions of the Union
||Pedro Guerreiro, Member of the EP, (in PORTUGUESE) saying that they have to have compensatory mechanisms for fishermen who are affected by the need to have a restructuring of resources and eco-protection zones; there is a need of more money for research in the context of the 7th framework research programme and a need to do more to help when it comes to the evacuation and rescue of crews of fishing boats
||Georg Jarzembowski, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) saying that we need a European Coast guard service; now this would mean that all activities irrespective of whether we are talking of fisheries or other activities, all of these could be monitored effectively if we had a European Coast guard service
||Silvia-Adriana Țicău, Member of the EP, (in ROMANIAN) saying that the integrated maritime policy of the EU should create synergies of very important sectors such as the naval construction industry, maritime transportation port, harbour activity, fishing, energy, tourism, environment protection, and protection of maritime values