Press Release: World Bank and European Commission promote blue economy through new tool

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Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 March 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Meeting Expert Group Greening the European Semester & Environmental Implementation Review (6 September 2018)

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Minutes: 2nd European Atlas of the Seas Steering Committee Meeting (26 September 2018)

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UPDATED – Event: European Blue Bioeconomy Forum (Amsterdam, 7 December 2018)

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Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

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UPDATED – Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships

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Briefing: Port reception facilities for ship waste: Collecting waste from ships in ports

Marine litter and pollution put the marine environment at risk. While a great proportion of marine litter originates from land-based sources, limiting waste discharges from ships also plays an essential role in efforts to preserve marine and coastal ecosystems. Based on international law, EU legislation requires vessels to bring the waste they generate on voyages to waste-reception facilities in port, and obliges EU ports to provide such facilities to ships using the port. Despite these developments, discharges at sea continue. In January 2018, the European Commission put forward a new legislative proposal seeking to improve the collection of ship waste while ensuring efficient maritime transport operations in ports.

Agenda: Friends of the Presidency Group – Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) (14 February 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Strategic Coordination Group for the Water Framework and Floods Directives (8 November 2018)

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Press Release: RPAS drone flights get underway in Spain to assist SASEMAR in its search and rescue and pollution monitoring operations

EMSA’s service of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems is being used by the Spanish maritime safety agency SASEMAR in the southern province of Huelva for the purpose of identifying and monitoring oil spills as well as for additional assistance during search and rescue missions. SASEMAR is using this opportunity to see first-hand how RPAS can be of value to multipurpose maritime surveillance operations.

Commission Staff Working Document: IMO – Union submission to be submitted to the 74th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) of the IMO in London from 13 – 17 May 2019 concerning a proposal for a new output to draw up harmonised rules on the discharge of liquid effluent from Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems

For the Council Shipping Working party.

UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (6 & 8 February 2019)

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Map of the week – Underwater gliders and drifting buoys

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Proposal for a Regulation: Revision of the Shipping MRV Regulation

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (20 December 2018)

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Event: European Maritime Day 2019 (Lisbon, 16-17 May 2019)

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy’ (15 January 2019)

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Press Release: EU takes another step in tackling microplastics intentionally added to products

In the framework of the EU Plastics Strategy, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has assessed the health and environmental risks posed by intentionally added microplastics and has concluded that an EU-wide restriction would be justified.

Speech by Commissioner Vestager for FDP Europa Parteitag

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