About: Baltic Sea

Agrifood 25-11-2019

Vella: EU leadership on oceans governance is a priority for my successor

The EU's outgoing Fisheries Commissioner, Karmenu Vella, warned that climate change and biodiversity loss were putting the earth's ecosystems dangerously close to a tipping point, and pleaded for his successor to carry on the International Ocean Governance (IOG) put in place during his five-year mandate.
Agrifood 24-07-2019

EU bans cod fishing in Baltic Sea

The EU announced Tuesday (23 July) an immediate ban on fishing cod, the staple of Britain's fish and chips, in most of the Baltic Sea in response to an impending stock collapse.

Northern Group aims to step up regional security cooperation

Only days after the NATO-led maritime manoeuvre BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) tested the waters in the Baltic Sea region, Northern Group defence ministers met on Tuesday (25 June) in Berlin in an attempt to deepen their cooperation. The so-called Northern Group...
Energy 16-04-2019

Three things to know as Germany opens massive ocean wind park

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be joined by French and Norwegian ministers Tuesday (16 April) to officially open a massive wind farm in the Baltic Sea, a key project for her country's "energy transition".
Central Europe 13-12-2018

Mussels, health, and Baltic tourism. What do they have in common?

Initiatives like the Baltic Sea Region combine the unusual and predictable in developing people’s sense of shared responsibility for the development of their home regions, writes Jerzy Kwieciński.
19-09-2017

Cetaceans are under fresh threat in the EU

Cetacean bycatch has been a major conservation and animal welfare concern in the EU for decades, but moves are afoot to potentially water down protections for such sensitive marine species. Sarah Dolman, Sarah Baulch and Jo Swabe argue that better monitoring and mitigation measures in new legislation could help to eliminate this problem.
Energy 28-06-2017

Estonia seeks broad EU mandate for Russian gas talks, beyond Nord Stream 2

Discussions on Russian gas imports should be looked at more broadly than from the narrow perspective of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, according to sources from the incoming Estonian Presidency of the EU who said the Baltic state would ask for a broader mandate to discuss Russian gas imports.
Agrifood 18-03-2016

Baltic fisheries plan promises ‘sustainable fish stocks’

European Union institutions came to an agreement Wednesday (16 March) to implement a multi-year fisheries plan for the Baltic Sea: the first of its kind since the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) was reformed. However, the plan’s actual promotion of sustainability has been questioned.
Climate change 22-01-2016

North and Baltic Seas threatened by human activity

Germany’s marine agency has presented its findings regarding the state of the North and Baltic Seas, with human activity threatening animal life and the environment. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Agrifood 19-02-2015

EU’s Baltic fishing plan is a first step, but with serious flaws

The EU's new multi-year plan for managing Baltic commercial fish stocks is an important step towards more sustainable fisheries, but with flaws that need urgent attention, write researchers at the Baltic Eye think tank, at Stockholm University's Baltic Sea Centre.
Brexit 24-07-2012

Baltic bacteria outbreak blamed on sea warming

Manmade climate change is the main driver behind the unexpected emergence of a group of bacteria in Northern Europe which can cause gastroenteritis, new research by a group of international experts shows.
Central Europe 02-12-2010

Russian oil flows to Central Europe ‘to dry up’

Russia's growing oil exports to Asia and the Baltic have unsettled European traders and refiners, who fear shortages on the Black Sea and in Central Europe should Russian output stall or decline.
Regional Policy 27-10-2010

Baltic Sea Strategy delivering ‘tangible results’

One year after the establishment of Europe's first 'macro-region', which brings together 10 countries nested around the Baltic Sea, a number of positive results can already be seen, according to Johannes Hahn, the European commissioner in charge of regional policy.

Summit to boost Baltic clean-up promises

Political and business leaders are meeting in Helsinki today (10 February) to boost efforts to clean up the Baltic sea, which has suffered from decades of pollution and is a focus of Russia's oil and gas expansion plans.

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