OSPAR Convention

 

SUMMARY OF:

Decision 98/249/EC — concluding a convention protecting the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic

Convention for the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DECISION AND OF THE CONVENTION?

KEY POINTS

Ospar Commission

OSPAR’s work

Research

Arbitration procedure

Annexes

The OSPAR Convention contains Annexes which deal with the following specific areas

EU Arctic strategy

A 2016 joint communication recommends the EU’s

FROM WHEN DO THE DECISION AND THE CONVENTION APPLY?

BACKGROUND

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KEY TERMS

Maritime area:

all of the following:

The internal waters and the territorial seas of the contracting parties.

The sea beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea under the jurisdiction of the coastal state to the extent recognised by international law.

The high seas, including the bed of all those waters and its subsoil, situated within the following limits:

Internal waters: the waters of the landward side of the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured (extending in the case of watercourses up to the freshwater limit (the place in a watercourse where, at low tide and in a period of low freshwater flow, there is an appreciable increase in salinity due to the presence of seawater)).
Pollution:

the introduction by man, directly or indirectly, of substances or energy into the maritime area which results, or is likely to result, in any of the following:

MAIN DOCUMENTS

Council Decision 98/249/EC of 7 October 1997 on the conclusion of the Convention for the protection of the marine environment of the north-east Atlantic (OJ L 104, 3.4.1998, p. 1)

Convention for the protection of the marine environment of the north-east Atlantic (OJ L 104, 3.4.1998, pp. 2–21)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Directive 2008/56/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 establishing a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy (Marine Strategy Framework Directive) (OJ L 164, 25.6.2008, pp. 19–40)

Successive amendments to Directive 2008/56/EC have been incorporated into the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Joint communication to the European Parliament and the Council — An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic (JOIN(2016) 21 final, 27.4.2016)

last update 26.11.2017