Commission to protect Mediterranean from oil and gas exploration

Commission to protect Mediterranean from oil and gas exploration


The European Commission has taken a step towards better protection for the Mediterranean Sea, proposing for the EU to accede to a Protocol of the Barcelona Convention that protects the Mediterranean against pollution from offshore exploration and exploitation activities.

The 'Offshore Protocol' requires a number of conditions to be met before exploratory activities can commence. Particular emphasis was put on the construction of platforms and rigs and necessity to follow the inte...


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