Commission: Consultation on ocean governance

On 4 June 2015 the European Commission launched a public consultation on international ocean governance.

The aim of this consultation is to gather input on how the EU could contribute to achieving better international governance of oceans and seas to the benefit of sustainable blue growth. On the basis of the results and other sources of data and information, the European Commission will consider how best to develop a more coherent, comprehensive and effective EU policy on improving the international ocean governance framework.

The Commission emphasizes the importance of oceans for the EU economy which employs more than 3.6 million people. Approximately 90% of the European Union’s external trade is carried on sea routes [see consultation document]. Simultaneously, the current legal framework is ineffective and does not ensure sustainable development and management of marine resources.

The public is, therefore, asked to comment on the causes of ineffective international governance and, specifically, advise whether the problems can be explained by:

  • gaps in the existing international ocean governance framework,
  • inefficient use and implementation of the existing international ocean governance framework, or insufficient coordination among its components,
  • a lack of knowledge about the oceans.

The Public Consultation on Ocean Governance started on 4 June and will run until 15 September 2015. Please use the following link to obtain more information on consultation procedure and submission rules.