MEP Catherine Chabaud (FR/RE) commented on the Opinion during the CoR Plenary
The rapporteur of the EP report on marine litter shared her positive comments on the CoR Opinion on the protection of marine environment by subnational authorities in teh EU. In particular, Ms Chabaud (FR/RE) appreciated the proposal for an Ocean Law and the idea of an EU Ocean Academy.
The former, would be an overarching strategy with clear targets and milestones to reduce marine pollution and restore marine ecosystems. The latter would consist of young scholars from all Member States with good communication skills who, in cooperation with universities, inspire and continuously disseminate new knowledge and information about the importance of healthy oceans, the links between the marine environment and other policies, possible measures and best practices.
The MEP invited the CoR rapporteur to further discuss the proposal to classify seas and oceans as a public good, as well as to create an European Ocean Agency.