Press release: Sticky tape and simulations help assess microplastic risk

Tiny pieces of plastic, now ubiquitous in the marine environment, have long been a cause of concern for their ability to absorb toxic substances and potentially penetrate the food chain. Now scientists are beginning to understand the level of threat posed to life, by gauging the extent of marine accumulation and tracking the movement of these contaminants.

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decisions of 20 April 2018 on the technical specifications for the Copernicus service component pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 377/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council

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Press Release: Survival of the European maritime technology sector depends on a firm stance from the EU

“The European Commission needs to adopt a strong industrial and manufacturing policy based on reciprocity, otherwise our European maritime technology industry won’t survive competition from Asian shipyards,” warned Marian Krzaklewski, rapporteur of the EESC opinion on the LeaderSHIP strategy, adopted at its plenary session on 19 April

Written stakeholder consultation on CoR Opinion on “Clean Ports, Clean Seas – Port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships”

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Agenda: Research Working Party Meeting (23 April 2018)

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Press Release: Concerted EU action reduces air pollution from shipping in European coastlines and ports

Air polluting sulphur oxides (SOx) have substantially fallen over the past years, bringing health benefits to people in coastal regions and ports. This is the result of joint efforts by Member States and the maritime industry in implementing new EU new rules on cleaner shipping fuels.

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on implementation and compliance with the sulphur standards for marine fuels set out in Directive (EU) 2016/802 relating to a reduction in the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels

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Commissioners Bulc and Arias Cañete welcome the IMO agreement on CO2 reductions in the maritime sector

Following the agreement reached at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on an initial strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping, Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete issued the following statement.

Agenda: Shipping Working Party (19 April 2018)

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Evaluation and fitness check roadmap: Evaluation of the Eel Regulation

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Commissioner Vella`s Keynote Speech at the 4th EU Energy Summit, 12 April, 2018

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Press Release: Making clothes from plastic debris found at sea

About 400 kg per square kilometre: this, according to estimates, is the amount of mostly plastic waste littering European seas. Some of it can be upcycled into high-quality clothing, claimed a Spanish SME, which carried out an EU-funded feasibility study to work out the details. And indeed, such garments are now available in its shops.

Comitology Meeting: Ship Recycling Regulation Committee (18 April 2018)

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Global environmental aspects of sustainable development) (20 April 2018)

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Amendments to the Report: EP ENVI Committee on the Implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme

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Event: Reducing urban water risks in a changing climate (Brussels, 17 April 2018)

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Event: The Clean Energy Package and the Southern Mediterranean (Brussels, 11 April 2018)

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Press Release: Technology to tackle the plastic pollution threat to water ecosystems

Millions of tonnes of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans each year, posing a threat to marine ecosystems and contaminating the food chain with toxic compounds. EU-funded researchers are deploying cutting-edge technologies to prevent and mitigate this growing environmental hazard.

Draft Opinion: EP PECH Committee on a European strategy for plastics in a circular economy

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Official Journal (L Series): Decisions of the EEA Joint Committee No 211/2016 of 28 October 2016 amending Annex XIII

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