Press Release: France: Juncker Plan – first green financing in the maritime transport sector signed

The European Investment Bank (EIB), Societe Generale and Brittany Ferries are pleased to announce the success of the first green maritime financing under EIB’s EUR 750m Green Shipping Guarantee (GSG) programme put in place last year by the EIB and Societe Generale. The new vessel ‘Honfleur’ will be Brittany Ferries’ first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered ferry. It is scheduled to enter into service in April 2019 on its Caen-Ouistreham (France) and Portsmouth (UK) route.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (11-12 December 2017)

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Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria setting out the terms and conditions for participation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA)

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Written Answer Answer to a Question: Our Ocean conference 2017

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UPDATED – Agenda: Justice and Home Affairs Council (7 – 8 December 2017)

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Press Release: Western Mediterranean countries strengthen co-operation to promote Blue Economy in the region

The Ministers of Western Mediterranean countries gathered in Naples (Italy), on 30 November 2017, in an Informal Ministerial Meeting endorsed and launched the Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean – a goal-oriented series of joint actions to make the common sea space safer, cleaner and more productive.

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Press Release: Commission gives new support for EU regions working together on high-tech projects

Today the Commission is announcing which interregional partnerships will receive tailored support under a new EU-funded pilot action for innovative projects.

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Press Release: EU welcomes progress on legal instruments to protect biodiversity in high seas

European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, welcomes the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of a resolution that sets modalities to negotiate a legally-binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), better known as the high seas. Full article…

Press Release: European integrated maritime policy: Commission decides to refer Bulgaria, Finland and Greece to the Court

The European Commission decided today to refer Bulgaria, Finland and Greece to the Court of Justice of the EU for not notifying or partially notifying its measures transposing EU rules establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning (Directive 2014/89/EU). Member States had to transpose the Directive into national law by 18 September 2016.

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (6 December 2017)

Agenda items include energy & climate and environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy items.

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Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, with regard to a proposal for amending Annex II to the Protocol concerning specially protected areas and biological diversity in the Mediterranean at the twentieth ordinary meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the protection of the marine environment and the coastal region of the Mediterranean

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EU-Canada relations: joint statement of the 1st meeting of the joint ministerial committee

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Publication: Italian state beach concessions and Directive 2006/123/EC, in the European context

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Press Release: EU and its Arctic partners agree to prevent unregulated fishing in high seas

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Draft Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, with regard to a proposal for amending Annex II to the Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean at the twentieth ordinary meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Resolutions and Decisions adopted by the European Parliament at its part-session in Brussels from 29 to 30 November 2017

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Agenda: EU Coordination Meeting ahead of the Standing Committee Meeting to the Bern Convention (Strasbourg, 5-8 December 2017)

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Press Release: Project NIRD: Diving across time

You don’t need to be Odysseus to travel across seas. You don’t have to read Jules Verne to live an adventure and you don’t need a time machine to travel through history. The Western Black Sea Cultural Heritage NIRD project seems to have found the way. Funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the project promotes underwater tourism in Romania and Bulgaria.

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Official Journal (L Series): Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union, the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and the Arab Republic of Egypt (PRIMA)

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Report: Critical gaps remain in Europe’s environmental performance despite improvements (EEA)

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