The Government intend to respond formally to the European Union’s maritime Green Paper once a wide-ranging consultation exercise has been completed. The Government held a conference for UK stakeholders in October that will be followed by a full written consultation exercise in November 2006. The Government will then produce a response for publication in spring 2007, in good time for the European Commission’s deadline for consultation replies (30 June 2007).
The Government intend to consult as widely as possible in preparing the formal UK response to the EU maritime Green Paper. A conference for UK stakeholders from across the maritime sector was held in October and will be followed by a full written consultation exercise in November 2006. In addition, Ministers and officials have been invited to participate in a number of meetings and events organised by different groups and organisations to address various aspects of the Green Paper during the year-long consultation process.