Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Ladyman seeks views on EU Maritime Green Paper

Shipping Minister Stephen Ladyman has published today a consultation paper on the European Maritime Green Paper published earlier this year by the European Commission.

The Green Paper, "Towards a future Maritime Policy for the Union: A European vision for the Oceans and Sea", seeks to stimulate debate on the future direction of EU policy on a number of maritime issues and to encourage greater co-ordination between the various aspects of European legislation that impinge on maritime sectors.

A list of questions being asked by the Green Paper is attached.

Commenting, Dr Ladyman said:

"The EU Maritime Green Paper is a wide ranging discussion document, intended by the Commission to stimulate debate about the future direction and focus of Community maritime policy.

"The responses, together with input from the recent UK stakeholder conference on 12 October, will inform the UK Government's response to the Commission.

"The European Commission intends to develop formal proposals based on the outcome of a Europe-wide consultation and it is vital that the UK has a strong, informed voice in this process. So it's important that all UK maritime interests reflect on the document and send us their comments. "

Those wishing to comment on the proposals should do so before the consultation ends on 28 February 2007.

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