Policy statement from the Secretary of State for the North Sea 2016 | Compendium Coast and Sea

Policy statement from the Secretary of State for the North Sea 2016

On June 2nd 2016, the new policy statement from the Secretary of State for Combating social fraud , Privacy and North Sea, Philippe De Backer, was published. The policy statement can be downloaded here.

The Secretary of State will implement a.o. the following issues during his term:

  • Strengthening the blue growth developments, focusing on all existing and new marine/maritime sectors
  • Evaluation and review of the marine spatial plan, including the development of a North Sea vision towards 2050
  • Continuation of the review of the Belgian maritime law with a focus on the maintenance of a high quality and competitive fleet
  • Strengthening the enforcement policy (environmental surveillance and control)
  • Further increase of the renewable energy capacity in the designated areas up to 2,200 MW and stimulating research on alternative energy sources
  • Cost efficient development of a plug at sea focusing on the future connection on a large offshore energy grid in Europe (North Sea Countries Offshore Grid Initiative)
  • Aiming for a sustainable marine environment through the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the Habitats Directive (conservation objectives, appropriate assessment procedure) and fisheries management measures
  • Investigating the desirability for additional zones for (commercial) aquaculture and special attention for aquaculture within the North Sea vision towards 2050
  • Additional protection measures for wrecks recognized as historical heritage
  • Fight marine pollution (restart Fishing for Litter)
  • Increase the public awareness on the impact of daily and economic activities on the marine environment and the North Sea in particular