June 25, 2008
European Body Urges Black Sea States to Prevent Environmental Disaster
Text of report in English by Bulgarian news agency BTA website,
Strasbourg, June 24 (BTA) - The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) unanimously adopted on Monday [ 23 June] a recommendation encouraging the states bordering the Black Sea - Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine - to take steps to prevent damage to the Black Sea environment and strengthen cooperation at both national and regional levels, PACE said on its website.
In his report, the rapporteur of the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs, Laurentiu Mironescu (Romania, EPP/CD), draws an alarming picture of the environmental situation in the Black Sea, where the industrialization of coastal towns, the activities of ports and the dumping of toxic and radioactive waste have created unprecedented levels of pollution.
Originally published by BTA, Sofia, in English 0809 25 Jun 08.
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