MEPs and governments agree EU marine directive

EU countries must "take measures" to achieve good environmental status of marine waters by 2020

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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