EU green seas thematic strategy set for launch

European Commission trims earlier ambitions in plan to achieve good status in marine environment by 2021

The European Commission will unveil a draft EU strategy to improve the marine environment on Monday. It will aim to achieve "good environmental status" in all the bloc's seas by 2021. A draft framework marine directive will give member states flexibility to decide their own environmental targets. Several other proposals for action have been dropped.

The strategy is the second of seven promised by the EU's sixth environmental action programme of 2002. Coordinated EU measures are needed, it states, because all existing efforts to protect the marine environment have not been sufficient.

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