In light of the upcoming votes on the Plastics Strategy and the Single-Use Plastics Products and the implementation of the Circular Economy Package, a coalition of 34 organisations and companies call for EU action on recycled content mandates for plastics to close the Circular Economy loop.
On 16 July, the European Union has signed a unique ocean partnership agreement with China. Two of the world’s largest ocean economies will work together to improve the international governance of the oceans in all its aspects, including by combating illegal fishing and promoting a sustainable blue economy.
Agenda items include preparation of IMO/MEPC 73 and the draft Union submission concerning marine litter from sea-based sources: input to the IMO Action Plan on marine plastic litter from ships. There will also be examination of the impact assessment and article by article examination on establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment.
Newly published study identifies main problem areas of international ocean governance. It also recommends projects that can improve the situation. The study focuses on 13 third-countries that have active bilateral agreements with the EU through Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement.
The fifth round of the High-level Political and Security Dialogue between the European Union and the countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) took place on 9 July 2018 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Afghanistan was invited to take part in the Dialogue as a special guest.