MEPs urge cooperation on Black Sea pollution

European parliament adopts resolutions on Black sea oil spills and 2008 commission work programme

The EU must strengthen its partnerships with countries in the Black Sea region to reduce the threat of environmental pollution from shipping disasters, the European parliament said on Thursday.

MEPs adopted a resolution in response to the sinking of ten ships in the Russian Kerch strait on 11 November.  Six sailors were killed and over 2,000 tonnes of sulphur and fuel oil were spilt into the western waters of the Black Sea, killing an estimated 15,000 birds. The parliament called on the commission and member states to use the new European neighbourhood policy to address environmental problems in the region.

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