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Sub-Committee hears from European Environment Agency

06 November 2014

The Lords Sub-Committee hears from the European Environment Agency as part of its ongoing inquiry into Regional Marine Co-Operation.

The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy hears from the European Environment Agency in relation to its ongoing inquiry into Regional Marine Co-Operation.

Witnesses

From 11.30am on Thursday 6 November 2014 the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy takes evidence via videoconference from:

  • Trine Christiansen, Head of Marine Environmental Group, European Environment Agency
  • Ronan Uhel, Head of Natural Systems and Vulnerability, European Environment Agency

The European Environment Agency published in February 2014 a report on the impact of human activity on Europe's seas. The document can be seen at this link:

Possible Questions

  • What motivated the EEA to publish Marine Messages, and what has the response been from the Commission, Member States and stakeholders?
  • What increased political commitment to marine protection and to grapple with issues such as regional co-operation has arisen since publication of Marine Messages?
  • How do economic activities, and social considerations, fit in to the management model of the seas as described under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive?
  • Why is it particularly important to consider the cumulative impacts of human activities and ecosystem changes?
  • What inconsistencies are there between EU policies affecting the marine environment?
  • Why is co-operation so important?
  • How can protection of such areas as the Dogger Bank be improved?
  • What key initiatives are underway in order to improve the marine knowledge base, and how achievable are these initiatives?
  • How might integrated maritime spatial planning function at the regional level, ensuring stakeholder engagement effectively?

Further Information

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