Extracts from the press conference by Maria Damanaki on the proposal for a directive on maritime spatial planning and coastal zones management
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 13/03/2013 First transmission: 13/03/2013
On 13 March 2013, Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, held a press conference on a proposal launched by the Commission to improve the planning of maritime activities at sea and the management of coastal areas.
The proposal, which takes the form of a draft directive, aims to establish a common European framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management in EU Member States, with a view to ensuring that the growth of maritime and coastal activities and the use of resources at sea and on coasts remain sustainable.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the EC Berlaymont building
||Arrival of Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, in the press room
||SOUNDBITE by Maria Damanaki (in ENGLISH) saying that the proposal is about blue economy, which is growing very rapidly; saying that she is not referring only to maritime transport, on which the EU is relying more and more for its external trade, she is also referring to emerging sectors of the blue economy; for example, cruise tourism has been tripled in the last decade; and by 2020, offshore wind energy is expected to growth by 30%; at the same time, the EU's coasts face many threats, not only from climate change and natural hazards, but also the intensive use we make of them and which is also threatening their sustainability.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE by Maria Damanaki (in ENGLISH) on the purpose of the EC's initiative: saying that they have to make sure that they can provide optimal conditions for the sustainable development of new businesses and leave enough space for the businesses that are already there; at the same time, the environment needs to be preserved; this is the aim of this new directive; on the way to achieve that: saying that, first, the EC is asking the Member States to have they own plans, maps and their maritime special plans and develop coastal management strategies; this will give more certainty to economic investors; second, the EC is proposing to the Member States to cooperate between themselves.
||Cutaway of cameraman
||SOUNDBITE by Maria Damanaki (in ENGLISH) saying that, thirdly, they are going to apply a one-stop-shop approach so the new rules will lead to simplification and cost savings for the administration as well as for the investors.
||Maria Damanaki leaving