Deep-Sea Mining – What next for science?
Over the past five years, the European Commission and EU Member States have made large investments in research and technological development to prepare for a world in which deep-sea mining is a reality. Projects have covered basic research into deep-sea habitats, the potential environmental and societal impacts of deep-sea mining as well as the technologies to enable mining.
The event has been the occasion from the speakers to present some of the key findings of recent projects and reflect on how these will influence the development of this still nascent industry. In particular, speakers considered what role science and technology play in the context of regulatory and commercial developments, and what should the EU consider in taking this issue forward.
It was the occasion to present some results of the following projects:
- PACE-NET Plus
- JPI Oceans' Miningimpact
This conference was organised with the help of KDM, the German Marine Research Consortium.
What is an Intergroup?
The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 27 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2019 by the Conference of Presidents for the 9th legislature of the European Parliament. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.
The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 100 MEPs from 7 different political groups and 23 Member States.
Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.
Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.