The European Commission has unveiled outlines for a wide-ranging EU marine environment protection strategy in a communication addressed to governments and the European parliament. It promised for 2004 a full "thematic strategy", as demanded by the bloc's new sixth environmental action programme (EED 14/03/02).
A large number of measures have been taken to protect the marine environment, says the Commission, but largely sector-by-sector so that there exists no overall, integrated marine policy. The future thematic strategy should fill this gap.
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