EU Regional Marine Co-operation

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. 

Areas of interest

Some of the areas the Committee are inviting evidence on include:

  • What are the principle risks to the EU’s marine environment? How much of a threat are conflicts between users of marine environments, such as energy developers and the fishing industry, and conflicts between policies designed to protect the environment and those that are designed to boost economic growth?
  • How effective is regional cooperation on marine policy between Member States in the EU?  What more can be done particularly in the North Sea? What are the advantages and disadvantages of regional cooperation?
  • What are the basic requirements to develop a coherent and flexible regional approach to marine cooperation? Is an ideal model identifiable, particularly for the North Sea?


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.

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