The European Commission published for the first time, on Sunday, June 30, information on the CO2 emitted by vessels with more than 5,000 gross tonnage when conducting maritime transport activities related to the European Economic Area (EEA).
The Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) has made important progress by entering its transitional phase (2019 – 2021) which will be managed and led by European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in close cooperation with the Member States.
The European Commission and the Government of Viet Nam signed a Free Trade Agreement and the Investment Protection Agreement on 30 June in Hanoi. These agreements promote further economic development and reinforce trade and investment ties between Viet Nam and the European Union.
The European Union applauds Taiwan’s attempts on tackling illegal fishing. Thus, the European Commission decided to lift the yellow card acknowledging the progress made by Taiwan and the major upgrade of its fisheries legal and administrative systems to fight against IUU fishing. The EU and Taiwan will continue addressing labour conditions in the fishing sector in the framework of their human rights consultations.
In the 5th version of European List of ship recycling facilities, the European Commission added eight new yards to the List. These include 7 European yards, namely 2 in Denmark and 5 in Norway, as well as 1 yard in Turkey. With the new update, the European List of ship recycling facilities currently contains a total of 34 yards.
The European Commission launched the second edition of the ‘Blue Economy Report’ during the opening of the 2019 European Maritime Day conference in Lisbon. As 2019 focuses on boosting blue economy, the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella presented the report.
The European Commission has adopted a Communication, taking into consideration the implementation of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. It also launched a consultation on the fishing opportunities for 2020. With this Communication, the European Commission wants to reaffirm its commitment to promote fisheries that are both environmentally sustainable and economically viable.
On the 14th May 2019, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), after a request made by the European Commission, organised a meeting to discuss the possibility of designating the Mediterranean Sea as an Emissions Control Area (ECA).
During the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting, a new global international hydrogen partnership was announced under the leadership of the United States, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the European Commission with participation of several other CEM member countries.
Responding to scientific advice that several important Baltic fish populations cannot be fished sustainably, four non-governmental organisations have demanded a halt to fishing for overfishing in the Baltic. Coalition Clean Baltic, Oceana, Our Fish and WWF urged the European Commission to not exceed the scientific advice provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) when setting all fishing limits in the Baltic Sea.
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