chapter  10
40 Pages

Land-Based Marine Pollution in the European Community

WithD. Alastair Bigham

The principal governmental and legislative body of the European Community is the Council of Ministers, which consists of representatives of each and every member State, appointed as delegates by the State governments. Any defects in the planning and management of the area must have some bearing, direct or indirect, upon land-based marine pollution. The initial, tentative proposals being considered by the European Commission are based upon pilot surveys of the coastal area of Brittany. The funding of the necessary steps required to protect the coastal area would involve the European Community as a whole, in addition to a degree of financial support at national levels. The problems affecting the Mediterranean and the Baltic are substantially different from those affecting the oceans and seas already considered. The ‘market philosophy’ of the European Community requires that there should be free market competition within the Community.