Improving governance of the marine space: an opportunity for Blue Growth in the Mediterranean
Commissioner Maria Damanaki will present the way ahead on the establishment of maritime zones, including Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), in the Mediterranean. A large part of the Mediterranean is currently beyond the jurisdiction or sovereignty of coastal states. Its marine biodiversity therefore remains largely unprotected in these areas.
A new study by the European Commission finds that the establishment of maritime zones, including Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), in the Mediterranean would bring economic advantages in line with the EU's Blue Growth and sustainability agendas.
Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries stated: "There are huge untapped opportunities in the Mediterranean Sea, which could come to fruition by establishing Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). The proclamation and establishment of maritime zones remains the sovereign right of each coastal State. It is our joint EU responsibility to ensure that the right conditions are in place for the blue economy to flourish. Mediterranean coastal states could agree on their maritime zones on the basis of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Dialogue with non-EU Mediterranean partners should be pursued on these lines". (See IP/13/681).