European Union Committee - Tenth Report
The North Sea under pressure: is regional marine co-operation the answer?

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 10 March 2015.


Terms of Reference


Chapter 1: Introduction

The challenge

Figure 1: Competition for marine space

Box 1: Dogger Bank

A new approach

The Blue Growth Agenda

Box 2: Blue Growth


Scope of the inquiry

The Committee's work

Chapter 2: Knowledge

State of the seas

Box 3: Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)

Cumulative impact

Box 4: Cumulative environmental impact on seabirds

Box 5: North East Atlantic Regional Sea Convention (OSPAR)

Data availability and analysis

Data availability

Box 6: European Marine Observation and Data Network

Data analysis

Chapter 3: Tensions and opportunities

Objectives and uses of the marine environment

Managing economic uses of the sea  

Box 7: The Crown Estate

Box 8: The International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Marine planning

Progress of marine planning in the UK

Box 9: Marine Management Organisation (MMO)

Regulatory tensions

EU regulatory inconsistency

Box 10: Aligning the CFP and the Habitats and Birds Directives

Implementation of EU legislation

Multi-level governance of the marine environment

Box 11: North Sea Commission

Chapter 4: Current co-operation

Catalysts for marine co-operation

The Directives


Figure 2: Approaches to offshore energy grids


Co-operation in practice

BaltSeaPlan and the Baltic Sea Strategy

Wadden Sea Forum

Celtic Sea Partnership


Ballast Water Opportunity  

Clean North Sea Shipping

Factors and challenges in successful co-operation

Political leadership

Duplication and transparency


Chapter 5: Future co-operation

The Maritime Spatial Planning Directive: a driver of future co-operation


Pilot projects

Action through existing structures

A North Sea Forum

A North Sea Strategy

Ministerial engagement

List of Conclusions and Recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and Declarations of Interest

Appendix 2: List of Witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for Evidence

Appendix 4: List of Abbreviations

Appendix 5: Marine Planning in the UK

Appendix 6: Marine Planning by North Sea Countries

Appendix 7: Ministerial Letter on Fisheries Discard Plans for 2015

Evidence is published online at and available for inspection at the Parliamentary Archives (020 7129 3074).

Q in footnotes refers to a question in oral evidence.

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