Press Release: COP 25: EU Ocean Day highlights the role of oceans in tackling climate change globally

Healthy oceans are a priority in the fight against climate change. To highlight the role of science in policy-making and the opportunities provided by oceans in tackling the climate challenge, the European Commission is organising an ‘EU Ocean Day’ on 7 December during the COP 25, the UN Climate Change Conference (2 – 13 December 2019).

Press Release: Ocean Health: Projects that Innovate

Between 2014 and 2019, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has financed many new ideas all over Europe to support both fisheries and the blue economy. It has helped many innovative projects thrive while helping in coordinating maritime cooperation across borders. The newly published brochure presents an overview of some of these disruptive projects working to protect oceans and their health.

UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (19 November 2019)

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UPDATED – Foreign Affairs Council (9 December 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Missions and partnerships in Horizon Europe (4 December 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Energy Council – National energy and climate plans (4 December 2019)

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Agenda: European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) (main group) (19 December 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Presentation by the Commission of the Annual Report on the Safety of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations (4 December 2019)

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Event: Microplastics in textiles: addressing the challenges for politics, industry and research (Brussels, 10 December 2019)

On 10 December 2019, BSI, FESI – and WWF Germany are organising a joint policy event in Brussels, where first results of the TextileMission project will be presented by its partner organisations. The event also aims to stimulate further European wide research, in order to initiate additional EU project funding for the synthetic related microplastic problem.

Data: Projected rise in global mean sea level

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of Views with Werner Hoyer, President of the EIB (3 December 2019)

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Report: The European environment — state and outlook 2020

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UPDATED – Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council (14 October 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (26 June 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Exchange of views with Maja Markovčić Kostelac, Executive Director of ESMA (3 December 2019)

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Event: Environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental assessments (Brussels, 28 & 29 January 2020)

This international workshop aims to provide a forum for negotiators at the United Nations and relevant stakeholders (e.g. civil society, private sector, international organisations, academia, science) to discuss particular issues relating to the environmental impact assessments (EIA) part of the ongoing negotiations on a future instrument on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ process).

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Imposing special conditions governing the import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station (2 December 2019)

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Press Release: Civil society representatives from the EU and ACP countries highlight the potential of the blue economy as a key factor for development

On 22 November, participants in the 17th regional seminar of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups adopted a declaration highlighting the potential of the blue economy as a key factor for development in many eastern and southern African countries.

Press Release: Roadmap for the Blue Bioeconomy

As Steering Group of the Blue Bioeconomy Forum we are now proud to present you this Roadmap for the blue bioeconomy that should help the blue bioeconomy fulfil its potential and flourish. We thank all people that contributed to this Roadmap and the discussions leading to it, and wish this Roadmap is used well!

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Vote on the strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment (3 December 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Vote on Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Imposing special conditions governing the import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station (3 December 2019)

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (4 December 2019)

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