The Commission on 15 March 2019 published a report outlining the progress made on the ocean governance agenda since the adoption of a Joint Communication on International Ocean Governance, together with the High Representative of the European Union, two years ago.
The conclusion of the report is encouraging. The 50 actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans in Europe and around the world are successfully being implemented. And the work will continue.
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella added: “Oceans make up 70% of the planet and absorb 25% of the global C02 emissions. I am happy that with our agenda for the future of our oceans, EU’s role in oceans’ management has strengthened and action has intensified. But the challenges that the oceans face are as big as the oceans themselves - climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, overfishing. We need to continue our work.”
EU taking up global leadership on oceans
The EU has consistently used its economic and political weight to make sure that existing rules are properly implemented and to fill any regulatory gaps. For example
On the environmental side, the EU is meanwhile manifesting itself as a global frontrunner, thanks to
The EU invests in, and promotes global efforts to improve ocean research, data and science. This is needed to improve policy-making, drive innovation and facilitate a sustainable 'blue' economy. The Commission has started publishing the Copernicus Ocean State Report annually. Over EUR 500 million was committed on marine research under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
High Level Conference on Oceans
On 19 March the Commission is organising together with the European Parliament a high-level conference on the future of oceans, where Commissioner Vella will have the opening keynote speech. Register here or follow on social media: @EU_MARE and #OceanEU
The official Joint report "Improving International Ocean Governance – Two years of progress" can be found here accompanied by a Staff Working Document. Below you can read the version for the larger public.
Leaflet: Improving international ocean governance
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