2010/2040(INI)

Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) - Evaluation of progress made and new challenges

Procedure completed

Activites

  • 2010/10/21 Text adopted by Parliament, single reading
    • T7-0386/2010 summary
    • Results of vote in Parliament
  • 2010/10/21 Commission response to text adopted in plenary
    • SP(2011)609/3
    • DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, DAMANAKI Maria
  • 2010/10/05 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2010/10/05 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2010/09/28 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2010/06/03 Committee draft report
  • 2010/05/20 Referral to associated committees announced in Parliament
  • 2010/03/11 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2010/03/04 EP officialisation
  • 2009/10/15 Non-legislative basic document published
  • 2009/10/15 Date
  • 2009/10/15 Document attached to the procedure
    • COM(2009)0536 summary
    • COM(2009)0538 summary
    • DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, DAMANAKI Maria
  • 2009/09/11 Document attached to the procedure
    • COM(2009)0466 summary
    • DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, DAMANAKI Maria

Documents

Votes

Rapport Meissner A7-0266/2010 - Am 1

2010/10/21
Position Total ALDE ECR EFD GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 492 63 0 11 20 3 217 130 48 0
Against 68 0 34 10 3 14 1 6 0 0
Abstain 42 2 8 1 5 3 9 14 0 0
AmendmentsDossier
186 2010/2040(INI) Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) - Evaluation of progress made and new challenges
2010/06/24 PECH 48 amendments...
source: PE-443.121
2010/06/29 REGI 34 amendments...
source: PE-443.147
2010/07/15 TRAN 104 amendments...
source: PE-445.744

History

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      • The Commission presents a Communication entitled "Towards an Integrated Maritime Policy for better governance in the Mediterranean". The Communication highlights the mechanisms and tools that should be mobilised to achieve an integrated approach to governing maritime activities in the Mediterranean sea-basin. It is meant to complement the various sectoral actions that the EU promotes in the Mediterranean area. While the Integrated Maritime Policy is primarily addressed to Member States, the Communication calls for stronger co-operation with non-EU Mediterranean partners at the appropriate levels.

        It sets out the key challenges, noting that the Mediterranean bears 30% of global sea-borne trade in volume from or into its more than 450 ports and terminals, and a quarter of worldwide sea-borne oil traffic. Its coasts are home to more than 150 million inhabitants, a figure which doubles during the tourist season. Half of the EU's fishing fleet is active there together with an increasing marine aquaculture production. Pressure on fish stocks is also exerted by vessels from the Southern Mediterranean and non-EU countries.

        Improved Maritime Governance: two major problems need to be tacked: (i) in most Mediterranean States, each sectoral policy is pursued by its own administration, just as each international agreement is performed within its own set of rules, rendering an overview of the cumulative impact of maritime activities, including at basin level, a difficult objective to attain; (ii) the large proportion of marine space made up of high seas makes it difficult for coastal States to regulate activities that directly affect their territorial seas and coasts. The combination of these two elements gives rise to a situation where policies tend to develop in isolation from each other and without proper coordination.

        The role of Mediterranean coastal States: the Commission will:

        • propose that High Level Focal Points of Member States regularly address the Mediterranean Sea in order to discuss progress made in integrated maritime policy making;
        • encourage Member States to exchange best practices in integrated maritime governance, in particular through the European Territorial Co-operation Objective programmes for the Mediterranean;
        • set up a working group dedicated to Integrated Maritime Policy, with a view to  exchanging best practices with non-EU Mediterranean coastal States;
        • provide technical assistance, under the European Neighbourhood Policy and Partnership Instrument, for Mediterranean partners that express an interest in an integrated approach to maritime affairs, thereby raising awareness and assisting in setting implementation mechanisms.

        Governance of the marine space: the Commission states that it will:

        • support dialogue amongst Mediterranean coastal States through high-level meetings, academic and other international organisations, with a view to improving governance of the marine space;
        • provide an overview of existing agreements and organisations relating to maritime affairs in the Mediterranean;
        • make recommendations for the improvement of cross-sectoral cooperation between existing agreements and organisations;
        • encourage the ratification and concerted implementation of UNCLOS in its bilateral relations;
        • launch a study on the costs and benefits of establishing maritime zones.

        Improved stakeholder involvement: the Commission will encourage stakeholder platforms to address Mediterranean Sea issues, with the aim of suggesting priorities on integrated maritime policymaking at basin level. It will explore options for better associating stakeholders from all coastal States.

        Crosscutting tools: improved maritime governance needs to be matched by cross-cutting tools, geared at generating additional potential for sea-borne economic growth and securing environmental protection.

        Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Marine Strategies: the Commission will:

        • launch a study on MSP in the Mediterranean basin, with the aim of identifying potential areas for its application;
        • thereafter, launch a project to test the application of MSP at sub-regional level and encourage concrete cross-border practices;
        • assist Member States, through a Common Implementation Strategy, to deliver on their obligations under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, including a comprehensive assessment by 2010 of marine waters and related uses.

        Integrated management in coastal areas and islands: Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) national strategies are being developed by Member States in the Mediterranean and the EC has recently signed a first basin-wide legal instrument on ICZM, adopted within the framework of the Barcelona Convention. The Commission will:

        • provide a web-based inventory of ICZM)tools, best practices and case studies, with a view to enhance its implementation;
        • support under FP7 the development of the knowledge-base on ICZM in the Mediterranean, with particular focus on international co-operation;
        • test possibilities for strengthening the land-sea interface, in particular linking up terrestrial and maritime planning, through the MSP actions proposed above.

        Facilitating knowledge-based action: the Commission will:

        • pay particular attention to the Mediterranean in setting-up an integrated marine ERA-NET (European Research Area Network) aimed at strengthening coordination in marine research between Member States;
        • define a long-term strategic framework for basin-wide scientific co-operation in the Mediterranean, enabling marine research co-operation to develop within a structured agenda, responding to agreed common challenges;
        • develop a major cross-thematic research effort under FP7, targeted at integrating knowledge on the Mediterranean Sea across all relevant disciplines.

        Integrated surveillance for a safer and secure maritime space: lastly, the Commission is:

        • launching a pilot project to improve co-operation amongst national authorities of Mediterranean Member States responsible for maritime monitoring, and exchange of information between port authorities;
        • presenting a set of principles guiding integrated maritime surveillance in the EU (see summary of COM(2009)0538), so as to move progressively from a sectoral to an integrated approach to maritime surveillance at EU and national level.
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    • The Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted the own-initiative report drawn up by Gesine MEISSNER (ADLE, DE) on Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP), in response to several Commission communications on the subject.

      Members welcome the European Commission's October 2009 package on the integrated maritime policy (IMP) and confirm overall the validity of the integrated approach to maritime affairs.

      The committee considers that IMP should contribute to achieving a competitive, social and sustainable Union; takes the view in this regard that the development of IMP must harmoniously incorporate efforts to attain economic development, a high level of employment - particularly by making the sector more attractive for young people through training actions and the launch of a 'Maritime Erasmus' - and environmental protection. It states, therefore, that the IMP should be interconnected with the objectives and initiatives of the EU 2020 Strategy.

      The Commission is called upon to:

      • come up with an overarching, cross-sectoral strategy for sustainable growth in coastal regions and maritime sectors by 2013, based on a broad investigation of potentials and policy options and on broad stakeholder consultation;
      • take action after  the oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, and create legal certainty in the field of offshore oil extraction in Europe by submitting a coordinated European action strategy for emergency preparedness and for tackling disasters caused by drilling rigs and tankers, at an international level especially in cases of cross-border contamination;
      • extend the mandate of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) on safety inspections of offshore installations and the cleaning up of oil spills in the review of the EMSA Regulation;
      • ensure that its stated intention to finance the IMP with EUR 50 million over the next two years in order to build upon previous projects in the areas of policy, governance, sustainability and surveillance is supported.

      Maritime governance:Members call on those Member States whose IMP administrative structures are still highly fragmented, to establish forthwith unified and integrated maritime governance structures;

      The Commission, the Member States and coastal regions are called upon to intensify their efforts in defining integrated maritime policies and in building adequate maritime governance structures, which make it possible to take decisions on the basis of the best information available, involving all interested parties and therefore better respecting the different policy objectives.

      Members propose the establishment and development of strategies for the EU's maritime macro-regions in the context of strategic approaches for regional maritime areas.

      In addition, the report invites the Member States, the Council and the Commission to:

      • intensify their dialogue at international level on IMP and other maritime issues in the competent fora, including on the ratification and implementation of UNCLOS;
      • support the inclusion of IMP in the financial leverage instruments and objectives of the EU's external policy through the development of suitable initiatives aimed at addressing problems such as pollution, illegal fishing and piracy.

      Sea basin initiatives and strategies: the report welcomes the regional sea-basin initiatives and strategies proposed so far by the Commission and the macro regional strategies of relevance to the sea. It calls for further dialogue and cooperation in order to improve governance of the marine space and coastal areas in the framework of a multi-level approach in the different maritime sea basins, including the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Atlantic, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean area, and asks the Commission to take rapid steps in cooperation with Member States to draw up and present actions in these regions.

      Maritime spatial planning: Members are of the view that the management of intensifying and increasingly competing sea uses on an eco-system basis requires coordinated, streamlined and cross-border maritime spatial planning as a neutral tool, which has the potential to contribute significantly to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and to facilitate the harmonious coexistence of different sea uses.

      The report notes the essential importance of European maritime spatial planning and its uses for coastal regions and the outermost regions in particular.

      Maritime Surveillance: the committee expects that a well coordinated and integrated cross-pillar, cross-sectoral, and cross-border approach towards maritime surveillance will improve protection of the interests of Member States and the European Union and protection against marine pollution and illegal actions.

      The report calls therefore on the Commission, the Member States, EU agencies and in particular the EMSA, and relevant organisations to speed up their efforts in terms of cooperation and coordination and with regard to the necessary legislative adaptations.

      Members reiterate their call for improved cooperation between Member States' national inspectorates, coastguards and navies with the prospect of creating a European Coastguard Service.

      Among the other recommendations, the report calls on the Commission to:

      • integrate the European Maritime Policy and the inland waterways policies, in order to maximise the potential of the waterway transport and to create efficient and diversified ways of transport;
      • improve the working conditions of seafarers by appropriate means, to implement the ILO Maritime Labour Convention in Community law and to propose a programme for the qualification and training of seafarers and especially the recruitment of young people, including those from third countries;
      • consider a coordinated European industrial policy initiative aimed at increasing competitiveness, supporting the excellence of European shipbuilding, and the safety and environmental performance and competitiveness of shipping in the common maritime space without barriers;
      • coherently integrate the CO2 reduction targets and introduce economic market based instruments, into the maritime sector and to develop a strategy to mitigate the specific impacts of climate change on coastal and island regions;
      • come up with a strategy for sustainable coastal, islands and marine tourism.
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