Member states must ensure their seas meet legally binding "good environmental status" criteria by 2017, the European parliament's environment committee said on Tuesday. The second reading vote on an EU framework marine environment directive defies ministerial insistence on a non-binding aspirational goal by 2021 (EED 18/12/06).
MEPs backed anew many suggestions from their first reading to substantially strengthen the directive. They called for a network of marine protected areas to be set up by 2012 and for the Baltic Sea to be a pilot area for implementing the new directive.
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