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Parliamentary questions
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4 August 2020
P-004499/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Grace O'Sullivan (Verts/ALE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: EU position on the Intergovernmental Conference on marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ)

A new treaty to better protect the high seas presents an once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve conservation of nearly two-thirds of the world’s oceans. The treaty will enable the creation of fully protected high seas marine parks and update management of human activities outside parks to modern standards. However, the EU’s position in the negotiation with respect to assessing and managing human activities on the high seas is not consistent with existing rigorous standards for national waters.

For each Article of EU Directive 2011/92/EU, as amended, please note any differences between the requirements of that Article and the position of the EU on Articles 21(bis)-41 of the draft BBNJ treaty text.

Please identify each instance where the EU position in the BBNJ negotiations departs from the approach taken in the EU Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (EIA Directive) and explain the reasoning behind each divergence.

Specifically, please explain why the EU position in the high seas negotiations diverges from the EU EIA Directive (Directive 2011/92/EU), as amended in 2014, with regard to, but not limited to, Articles 1, 5, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 23, and with regard to the amendments from 2014, namely Articles 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23,25,26,27,28,29,30, 31,32,33, 34 35, 41.

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