The Integrated Maritime Policy
The Marine Directive is the environmental pillar of the cross-cutting Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP), which was presented by the Commission in October 2007.
It was the outcome of a European Task Force established in 2005 to address the problems arising from the fragmented management of the EU's maritime areas. It covers all sectors affecting our oceans and seas.
The aim of the IMP is to achieve the full economic potential of the seas in harmony with the marine environment. It is the first time a policy has brought together all the sectors that affect the oceans.
Successful implementation of the Marine Directive will be vital if the Integrated Maritime Policy is to be delivered as intended.