On 22 May, nine global ocean conservation leaders sent an official letter to the European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, urging him to use his “power, position, and responsibility” to end EU overfishing, ahead of the 2020 Common Fisheries Policy deadline.
After the US withdrawal from JCPOA, which will reinstate all sanctions that had been previously imposed on Iran, the European Commission took steps to preserve the interests of European companies investing in Iran, on the sidelines of an informal meeting in Sofia, demonstrating the EU’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal.
Panagiotis Kouroumplis, noted that EU has to find new ways to make shipping industry more attractive. From his side, the Maltese transport minister, Ian Borg, mentioned that there is work happening to examine today’s EU directives that create the administrative burden. Natasa Pilides, Cyprus’s Deputy Minister for Shipping Natasa Pilides, informed that the three discussed about possible measures to enhance cooperation.
The European Commission adopted a proposal to optimize ship reporting requirements when calling at ports within the EU. 13 EU Member States called the EU Commission to present a proposal for the revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive. The aim is to reduce the administrative burdens on shipping.
ISWAN and the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which Taiwan will donate another USD 30,000 to the Piracy Survivor Family Fund, administered by ISWAN, on behalf of the UN Contact Group for Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.
New technologies offer unique opportunities to support fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance, particularly for countries without the means to patrol their waters or enforce legislation against illegal fishing and overfishing, according to a briefing note by ODI.
Gathering in Paris on 25 April on the sidelines of the “2050 Pathways Platform” meeting, the ministers in charge of Climate change of France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Germany and Luxembourg recognised the importance of an ambitious long term EU climate policy in line with Paris Agreement.
Nigerian migrants who survived a deadly sea crossing last year filed a lawsuit against Italy for violating their rights by supporting Libya’s efforts to return them to North Africa. The seventeen plaintiffs said Italy violated multiple articles of the European Convention on Human Rights.
ECSA welcomed the proposal for the EU budget 2021 – 2027, published earlier this week, which foresees a large increase of the EU budget for Research, Innovation and Digital and for Climate and Environment. ECSA considers this increase could provide resources to support the European shipping industry in its transition to decarbonisation.
The EU research project MITIGATE has been completed and the ambitious goal of designing, developing and implementing a risk assessment and management system for the maritime transport chain in 30 months has been accomplished, according to Be Cyber Aware at Sea campaign.
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