North Sea states agree plan to cut marine pollution

Seven EU countries bordering the North Sea and Norway have agreed an action plan to tackle marine pollution in the region. The details of the plan will be developed later this year.

The deal was reached on Friday at a meeting of the parties to the 1969 Bonn agreement on pollution in the North Sea. It was described as "an important step" towards a cleaner marine environment, the aim being to boost regional cooperation in this area.

German transport minister Wolfgang Tiefensee said the Bonn agreement will play a significant role to ensure the "good environmental status" of EU seas from 2020, a goal set by the marine framework directive. Ireland will sign the agreement shortly, according to the initiative's secretariat.

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