EU countries have set themselves an aspirational objective to achieve "good environmental status" of marine waters by 2021, as part of a political agreement on a proposed marine strategy directive reached on Monday.
In its original proposal, the European commission recommended making the obligation binding on member states by the same date (EED 21/10/05). Parliament went a step further in its first reading vote, demanding the target be met by 2017 (EED 15/11/06). Instead, member states want the law to require only that they "aim" to achieve or maintain good environmental status of EU marine waters by 2021.
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