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Submit an official complaint to the European Union

In the blog of the former Cyprus Environment Commissioner, Charalambos Theopemptou, you can find instructions of how to submit an official complaint to the European Union (in greek). Instructions in English will be available in due course.


On the protection of the Seashore / Coastal zone

On the 13 September 2010, the Council ratified the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (Council Decision 2010/631/EU) and therefore the protocol entered into force the 24th of March 2011 – it is now part of EU law and  has binding effects. Article 4.3(e): “to promote the integrated management of the coastal zones, taking into account the protection of areas of ecological and landscape interest and the rational use of natural resources.”

Article 9 of the protocol focuses on economic activities and it states that: […] the Parties shall:

(a) accord specific attention to economic activities that require immediate proximity to the sea;

(b) ensure that the various economic activities minimise the use of natural resources and take into account the needs of future generations;

(c) ensure respect for integrated water resources management and environmentally sound waste management;

(d) ensure that the coastal and maritime economy is adapted to the fragile nature of coastal zones and that resources of the sea are protected from pollution;

(e) define indicators of the development of economic activities to ensure sustainable use of coastal zones and reduce pressures that exceed their carrying capacity;

(f) promote codes of good practice among public authorities, economic actors and non-governmental organisations.


On the protection of the fisheries resources

The umbrella framework for the ‘sustainable exploitation’ of the marine resource is know as the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The CFP is a set of rules for managing European fishing fleets and for conserving fish stocks. Designed to manage a common resource, it gives all European fishing fleets equal access to EU waters and fishing grounds and allows fishermen to compete fairly.
The CFP was first introduced in the 1970s and went through successive updates (the CFP goes through a reform every 10 years). The most recent reformed CFP took effect on 1 January 2014.