As part of the ORECCA (Offshore Renewable Energy Conversion Platform Coordination Action) project funded under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme, the ORECCA European Offshore Renewable Energy Roadmap 2011 study was published(1).
The study shows a Roadmap of Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in Europe (pages 33, 42, 43, 74 and 75) which includes Cyprus’ EEZ, but to the south of Cyprus, arbitrarily shows two marine areas linked to the two British military bases. These two areas lie within Cyprus’ EEZ, which has already been determined by international agreements between the Republic of Cyprus and a number of countries of the region, on the basis of the EU acquis and international law.
The ORECCA website states that the data relating to the EEZ are taken from the VLIMAR Gazetteer, but on the latter’s website(2), the map of Cyprus’ EEZ does not include any reference to any EEZ relating to the British bases as does the map in the EU-funded project.
Because the existence of these two areas is totally without any foundation and illegal, will the Commission take appropriate steps to have all reference to them deleted?
Will it also say what measures it will take to ensure that such arbitrary errors do not recur in future, in projects funded by the EU?