1.5 Enhancing the partnership with the Regional Sea Conventions

23 May - 16.30 - 18.00

Europe's seas and oceans could never be protected by individual Member States working on their own. Coordinated, cooperative and coherent actions between all countries sharing marine regions are a prerequisite for sustainable management of the seas. No new governance structures are required, as the EU and the Regional Sea Conventions have already ensured supranational cooperation for decades, but how effective are we in achieving the intended results? Can coordination be strengthened, to share knowledge and better implement best practices and examples? Could Regional Sea Conventions help more in the implementation of EU legislation? And can we engage more closely with our neighbours? This session will also study the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, where an assessment offers the opportunity to re-enforce and strengthen the coherence within and between marine regions.


  • Alby Schmitt, Deputy Director, Water & Biodiversity Directorate, Ministry of Ecology, France
  • Maria Luisa Silva Mejias, Executive Secretary, UNEP/MAP/Barcelona Convention
  • Monique Pariat, Director Mediterranean & Black Sea, DG for Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, European Commission
  • Anna-Stiina Heiskanen, Chair of HELCOM (Helsinki Commission) Monitoring & Assessment Group, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)


  • Astrid Schomaker, Head of Unit on Chemicals, Biocides & Nanomaterials, DG Environment, European Commission