"Establishing a framework for maritime and integrated coastal management" - Stakeholder consultation by Rapporteur Mr Paul O'DONOGHUE (IE/ALDE - NAT)

Lieu de la manifestation: Committee of the Regions, Brussels

For more information, please contact the CoR team:
· For the NAT Commission secretariat: Ms Mihaela Lafont, Tel: +32 2 282 2346
· For stakeholder relations: Mr Peter Verlinden, Tel: +32 2 282 2170

The Committee of the Regions is drafting an opinion based on the  "Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for maritime and integrated coastal management" (COM(2013) 133 final).

The present legislative proposal has the ambition of becoming an important part of Europe's Blue growth strategy by promoting maritime spatial planning (MSP) and integrated coastal management (ICM) as complementary tools within Member States' implementation framework. Having a horizontal approach which covers all policy areas of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFUE) with an impact on coasts, seas and oceans, the operational objectives of the Directive are procedural in nature. Therefore, they require Member States to develop and implement, jointly, maritime spatial plans in marine waters (including their offshore waters) in view of a more efficient future spatial development and, respectively, integrated coastal management strategies within their territorial waters in order to insure integrated management of all coastal human activities.

The rapporteur on the Opinion, Mr Paul O'DONOGHUE (IE/ALDE - NAT), member of the NAT Commission of the Committee of the Regions and member of Kerry County Council, together with his expert, Mr Robert COLLINS, would be happy to meet with representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on this opinion.

Given the Subsidiarity and proportionality issues raised by national and regional parliaments during the subsidiarity check procedure, further input from EU regions on these issues are most welcome.

The consultation will take place on:

Friday 31 May 2013 between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 a.m.
in the Committee of the Regions building
(Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels)
Room JDE 53

The rapporteur would be very keen to hear your views during the meeting. After a short introduction by the rapporteur, stakeholders will be invited to respond.

In addition, if you have any position papers relevant to the subject, you are welcome to send them by e-mail using the addresses below.

The meeting will be held in English. Please note that the rapporteur's mother tongue is English.

You can already register to participate in this debate to shape the rapporteur's views. For practical reasons, you are kindly asked to register your participation before 3.00 p.m on Thursday, 30 May 2013 via the following link.

(Source: Committee of the Regions)