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Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to produce a working definition of a region for the purposes of allocation of responsibility for maritime and coastal pollution following the first Aquamarina group meeting in Brussels in March 2008. (206767)

The Government are not taking any action to develop a definition of “region” following the meeting of the Aquamarina group.

Aquamarina is a working group of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe—CPMR (an organisation of local and regional government representatives), set up to monitor progress on the new Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union, commonly known as the "Blue Book", which has been brought forward by the European Commission.

National governments, including the UK, are not routinely represented on the Aquamarina group. However, the UK Government have been actively engaged in discussions at EU level on proposals brought forward by the European Commission in connection with the Blue Book.