MEPs and the council of ministers have reached provisional accord on the final content of a proposed EU marine framework directive. The deal was hammered out last Thursday and brings forward by one year a number of key deadlines proposed by the European commission (EED 21/10/05).
The main focus of last week's compromise talks was the overarching political objective of the draft law. A year ago the parliament called for all European seas to reach "good environmental status" by 2017 (EED 15/11/06). But EU governments rejected the move, instead saying member states should merely "aim to achieve" good environmental status by 2021 (EED 18/12/06).
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