Monday, March 22, 2010

Good day for it

The latest in a long line of Quangos is to be opened officially (or vested) on April 1st.

A new Marine Management Organisation (MMO) will make it easier to process
licences for projects from small jetties to large scale dredging operations.

Hilary Benn is telling us all about it,

I am pleased to announce the vesting of the Marine Management Organisation. This is an important step in the implementation of the ground-breaking Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. Delivering a range of marine functions on behalf of Government, the MMO will bring cohesion, consistency and clarity to the management of marine activities and become a world class leader in this area. I wish it every success.
Not that this has anything to do with the EU's own legislatuion, go and have a look at the Marine Act and see how much of it is driven by EU legislation. We have the
Water Framework Directive (that is to say, Directive 2000/60/EC of the
European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a
framework for Community action in the field of water policy);
and we have
“enforceable EU obligation” means an obligation to which section 2(1) of
the European Communities Act 1972 (c. 68)
b and we have

2) The Secretary of State may also give the MMO such general or specific directions as the Secretary of State considers appropriate for the implementation of any obligations of the United Kingdom under—
(a) the EU Treaties, or (b) any international agreement to which the United Kingdom or the European Union is for the time being a party.

And a whole range of others.

Considering that this Quango is being created to impose European law over our waters (esturies etc as well) then surely this is not so much an April Fool's joke as a Poisson d'Avril?

1 comment:

Michael Heaver said...

I reckon the Notorious BIG had it right - mo' money, mo' problems.