Experts urge sea-change in EU marine strategy

Green advisors' network calls for definition of "desired state", legally binding directive

An EU marine environment strategy due from European Commission next year risks being too abstract and needs toughening up, a network of national environmental advisory councils has warned. The EEAC proposes measures to tackle "serious omissions" in current plans for the strategy, which are based on a communication put out by the Commission two years ago (EED 10/10/02).

Alongside demands for "clear, achievable targets and a timetable for meeting them", the network's main plea is for the EU strategy to define a "desired state" of the marine environment to be reached.

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