New report by the EU Court of Auditors criticises the lack of action in "The Baltic Sea, one of the world’s most polluted waters"

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18 Apr

The EU’s Court of Auditors (ECA) released a report called “Combating eutrophication in the Baltic Sea: further and more effective action needed”.

In this report, the European Union Court of Auditors (ECA) blames the Member States - who are ultimately responsible for cleaning up their waste waters - for not clearly defining programmes to do so. It also blames the European Commission, which is responsible for the correct implementation of what is agreed on a European level, for having been slow to detect breaches and prosecute non-compliant Member States.

The Baltic Sea is one of the world’s most polluted seas. Combating the eutrophication phenomenon, mainly caused by nutrient loads  from agriculture and urban waste water, poses a significant challenge.
Under the Helsinki Convention, all bordering EU Member States and non-EU countries as well as the EU are engaged in the environmental protection of the Baltic Sea.
The EU legal framework requires Member States to implement measures to combat excessive loads of nutrients and to achieve the good environmental status of marine waters. The EU co-finances some projects to achieve these objectives.

The Court examined whether the EU actions have been effective to provide help to the Member States so as to reduce nutrients in the Baltic
Sea. It concludes that these actions have led to limited progress towards nutrient reduction and makes a number of recommendations in order to improve the effectiveness of the actions combating eutrophication in the Baltic Sea.


● The ECA press release and report are available in 23 language here: www.eca.europa.eu/en/Pages/DocItem.aspx?did=35757  

● You can also read a press article by EU Observer: “Audit: EU should have been tougher on Baltic pollution” https://euobserver.com/nordic/133012

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