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Aprobados on 16/03/2016
Referencia: 
TEN/586-EESC-2016
Pleno: 
515 -
Mar 16, 2016 Mar 17, 2016

The EESC welcomes the Commission's proposal to amend Regulation (EC) No 1406/2002 establishing a European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), as it fits in with general efforts to monitor the EU's external maritime borders much more effectively than in the past. However, it would once again stress that time is of the essence in implementing the proposed measures.

The Committee welcomes the proposal to expand the activities of EMSA; however, it has serious doubts as to whether EMSA has the human and financial resources to perform these additional activities properly.

EESC opinion: European Maritime Safety Agency

Aprobados on 29/03/2017
Referencia: 
REX/482-EESC-2016
Pleno: 
524 -
Mar 29, 2017 Mar 30, 2017

The EESC believes that the current framework for international ocean governance is unable to ensure the sustainable management of oceans and their resources, and urgent action is imperative. However, the Commission and the High Representative still need to prioritise the threats currently faced by our oceans in order to adequately reflect the urgent need for action. One of the causes of ineffective international ocean governance is the existence of gaps in the current international ocean governance framework. The EESC recommends that the Commission and High Representative address these gaps and inconsistencies, but also that they increase compliance with existing rules, for example by improving the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The EU should refrain from proposing any new legislation when better or more coordinated implementation of existing rules and regulations would be more efficient.

International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans

Downloads: 

International Ocean Governance

Factsheet EU Acting for our oceans

EU and International Ocean Governance

International Ocean Governance: EU's contribution

JOIN(2016)49 final: International Ocean Governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans

International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans: List of Actions

SWD(2016)352: International Ocean Governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans

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