Ministers water down marine directive

EU countries will "aim" to achieve good environmental status of seas by 2021 as long as cost is not "disproportionate"

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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