Member Proposal on Measures to Prevent Radioactive Pollution of the Baltic Sea

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(Proposed by the Left-wing Socialist Green Group in the Nordic Council)

The Baltic Sea, our mare nostrum, is exposed to severe environmental impacts. So far, attention has mainly been paid to discharges of chemicals, one consequence of which is a shortage of oxygen, which constitutes a risk to life under the water surface. However, a serious risk of radioactive contamination is growing ever more threatening.

On 15 June 2005, the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) decided to prepare a strategic action plan for the Baltic Sea to counteract harmful impacts on the marine environment before the year 2007. It is the opinion of the Left-wing Socialist Green Group that this initiative should also encompass measures to combat continuing radioactive pollution of the Baltic Sea, which is threatening to grow more severe in the future.

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