Dods EU Alert: Council adopts regulation to fund European Maritime Safety Agency

The regulation, adopted by the General Affairs Council today, will finance EMSA's actions regarding marine pollution caused by ships and oil and gas installations for 2014 to 2020. 

By Dods EU monitoring

23 Jul 2014

Today's final adoption of the legislative act by the Council follows an agreement reached at first reading with the European Parliament earlier this year.

The regulation will enter into force on the day after its publication in the EU Official Journal, which is expected to take place within the next few days. It will apply retroactively, from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020.

EU funding

The financial envelope for EMSA's tasks for the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020 will be EUR 160.5 million expressed in current prices.

Annual amounts will be determined through the EU's annual budgetary procedure, within the limits of the financial framework.

EMSA's pollution response

EMSA's pollution response includes information, cooperation and coordination activities and, crucially, operational assistance, i.e. detection and clean-up of oil spills. The agency has contracts with a network of standby anti-pollution vessels to complement member states' response capacity.

These ships are ready to intervene rapidly, usually within 24 hours. Affected coastal states can request this assistance through the Community Civil Protection Mechanism. While EMSA pays for the contracts for these vessels when they are on standby, the costs of actual clean-up operations are covered by the countries themselves. In addition, EMSA provides a satellite-based oil spill detection and monitoring service called CleanSeaNet.

For the Council’s press release, please click here.


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