As part of its contribution to the consultation process for the preparation of a European White Bible for Marine Policy, the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs (via the Scientific Centre of Analysis and Planning) has assigned the Hellenic Foundation of European & Foreign Policy the preparation of a study entitled Critical assessment of the Green Bible’s proposals regarding a future European Union marine policy. Research coordinator of the project is Dr. Thanos Dokos
and authors include among others Dr. Anna Triandafyllidou. The team of experts that worked in the framework of this program, within the context of the EU policy for a “European marine policy which will cover all fields concerning oceans and seas and will include a holistic, cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach leading to a thriving marine economy and ecological sustainability” prepared a high level study, which presents the Greek view on a series of issues regarding marine policy.
The present study underlines that for a country like Greece, with island configuration, a significant dependence on tourism and the largest merchant fleet in the world (accounting for ships of foreign shipping register but of Greek interests), the sea and the activities related to it can only be matters of high priority. The regulation of the marine environment, whether it concerns fisheries, marine transports, environmental protection, the economic development of coastal and island regions, or security matters constitutes an especially important issue both for Greece and the EU.