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Chapter 31. Principles and Normative Trends in EU Ocean Governance

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Chapter Summary

This chapter describes a number of key ocean governance principles that are applicable to the nascent Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) and presents a brief assessment of their status and effectiveness within the European legal order. It describes briefly the objectives and legal basis of the IMP and goes on to outline four of the principles that are beginning to shape various aspects of European Union (EU)'s approach to maritime policy and regulation in general. Apart from the rather nebulous objective of enhancing the visibility of maritime Europe, the Parliament has identified three immediate objectives for the IMP under current programme for the period 2011-2013. The precautionary principle is well established in EU law and reflects the normative necessity of taking appropriate and timely action in face of scientific uncertainty. The absence of specific legal basis in EU Treaties means that the policy is characterized by numerous and sometimes conflicting objectives.

Keywords: European legal order; European Union (EU) treaties; Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP); ocean governance



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