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The EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy of the House of Lords, chaired by Baroness Scott of Needham Market, conducted an inquiry into EU Regional Marine Co-operation.
Inquiry status: Inquiry concluded and Report published. Awaiting Government Response. Public evidence sessions were held in October, November and December 2014.
The inquiry follows the Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) European conference for the marine environment in March 2014 which recognised that Europe’s seas and oceans are under significant pressure and must be safeguarded.
Various EU policies seek to promote marine environmental protection on the one hand or marine economic growth on the other. While it is generally recognised that a regional approach to putting those policies into practice is necessary, this is not happening systematically.
Some of the areas the Committee are inviting evidence on include:
Public hearings were held over the period October-December 2014. The Committee aims to report to the House, with recommendations, by March 2015. The report will receive responses from the Government and the European Commission, and may be debated in the House.
House of Lords EU Committee publishes report on regional marine cooperation in the North Sea.
The Lords Sub-Committee hears from George Eustace and the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock as part of its ongoing inquiry into Regional Marine Co-Operation.
The Lords Sub-Committee investigating Regional Marine Co-operation hears evidence from 11.30am
The Lords Sub-Committee will hear from the European Environment Agency as part of its ongoing inquiry into Regional Marine Co-Operation.
On Wednesday 22 October, the Sub-Committee will hear from the Commission on marine co-operations initiatives.
The Lords EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy has issued a call for evidence on its latest inquiry.
Written and Oral evidence volume for inquiry into Regional Marine Co-Operation