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Particularly sensitive sea areas: the need for regional cooperation in the Adriatic Sea

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Vidas, Davor

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Corporate Editor Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb; Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Kroatien
Abstract The paper discusses the need for the designation by the International Maritime Organization, of the Adriatic Sea as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA). The rationale for this inheres in the special features of the Adriatic Sea area, while the policy context has been set by the trend of European Union countries to advocate the proclamation of PSSA in marine areas surrounding Europe. Firstly, the PSSA concept is briefly reviewed and the current status of designations assessed. Secondly, the emerging policy of the EU towards PSSA proclamations is focused on and pressing reasons such as tanker accidents are highlighted; some background factors, such as the restructuring of oil transportation flows in Eurasia are commented upon. Thirdly, key features of the Adriatic Sea as corresponding to the criteria for the designation of PSSA are explained, including the basic characteristics of the area, status and trends of international navigation here, and present and potential associated protective measures to address the risks. Also, the Croatian initiative towards regional cooperation on an Adriatic PSSA is briefly presented. And finally, some conclusions on prospects for regional cooperation towards a PSSA in the Adriatic Sea are made, considering contrasts and commonality in that area.
Keywords Croatia; post-socialist country; EU; international agreement; seas; international cooperation; region; shipping; environmental protection
Classification European Politics; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords Particularly Sensitive Sea Area; European Union; Croatia; Adriatic Sea; regional cooperation; International Maritime Organization; marine environmental protection; international shipping
Collection Title Croatian accession to the European Union. Vol. 4, The challenges of participation
Editor Ott, Katarina
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
City Zagreb
Page/Pages p. 347-380
ISBN 978-953-6047-77-2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works