The NSC Executive Committee met on the 5 April in Southend-on-Sea. The agenda mainly contained reports and preparation of points for the Annual Business Meeting. The meeting decided to follow up on an initiative from the Smart Regions Group and explore how youth representatives can be involved in the work of the North Sea Commission. The Executive Committee also made a visit in London to OSPAR, the organisation coordinating the work on marine environment issues in the North East Atlantic, where the Greater North Sea is one of five areas. Key pressures and activities in the North Sea were discussed, with a focus on the environmental impact of human activities. Another meeting was held with representatives for the Local Government Association and its Post-Brexit England Commission, who presented the structures and main issues for local government in the UK.