Tonnes of dangerous chemical and conventional munitions were dumped into Europe’s seas following the end of the world wars in the previous century, and today they pose a risk to marine life and seafarers.
It is estimated that the Baltic Sea alone has around 50,000 tonnes of chemical munitions, 500,000 tonnes of conventional weapons, and 10,000 wrecks on its seabed.
This danger is exacerbated by an increase in “blue economy” activities, such as installing offshore wind farms and laying deep-sea cables.
Lawmakers are today pushing the European Union to take action to clean up seabeds and ensure Europe’s waters are safe from hazards.
Greater deep-sea economic activities have increased the risk of harm from munitions and chemical weapons dumped into European seas during the first and second world wars, EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius has said.
Europe’s destructive twentieth century conflicts resulted in thousands of tonnes of conventional and chemical munitions dumped into European waters. Now, more than ever, these dumped munitions must be cleared, says MEP Anna Fotyga.
The European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament has the pleasure to invite you to an online conference on “Maritime Security and the Blue Economy - Unexploded munitions and chemical residues in the sea - in search for …