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Accidental marine pollution framework looks set to go ahead

A Community framework on accidental marine pollution looks set to be introduced early in 2000, after the Council reached a unanimous political agreement on a decision to set up the financial instrument until 31 December 2006. The common position will be formally adopted follow...
A Community framework on accidental marine pollution looks set to be introduced early in 2000, after the Council reached a unanimous political agreement on a decision to set up the financial instrument until 31 December 2006. The common position will be formally adopted following finalisation of the text in all languages, whereupon the proposal will go back to the European Parliament for a second reading.

The framework on accidental marine pollution is intended to support and supplement existing framework instruments for the protection of the marine environment, human health and coastlines, and to strengthen the conditions for efficient mutual assistance between Member States in this field, says the Council.

Pollution at sea to be targeted includes accidental or deliberate causes - from ships, offshore platforms or land-based sources - as long as they are not otherwise regulated by other Community instruments.

The Council believes this framework should simplify matters, encompassing in one single act a Community information system and an action programme.

An annual budget of one million euros is currently under discussion for the initiative.
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