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Proposal for sub-regional agreements for joint response operations

22/01/2010

The BRISK Project Partners discussed on 20 January 2010 in Sopot, Poland, the status and future development of sub-regional agreements and plans between neighboring Baltic Sea countries for joint operations to respond to pollution at sea. Such agreements are required by the Helsinki Convention in order to be able to activate in a short time the assistance from other Baltic Sea countries sharing the same marine area.

The Meeting discussed the ideas for the content and the aerial coverage of the harmonized agreements presented by the Project Manager Peter Poulsen, the Admiral Danish Fleet. The proposal will be further developed and submitted for consideration by the competent authorities of the Baltic Sea countries at the HELCOM Response Group meeting on 17-19 February 2010 in Helsinki.

The six existing sub-regional agreements and operational plans do not cover the whole Baltic Sea area. The BRISK Project aims at developing new, missing agreements as well as speeding up the process of finalization of the ones under preparation.

“We aim at having similar response agreements in each sub-region of the Baltic Sea, which will substantially facilitate communication across the borders and activation of international response resources in case of major pollution accident”, Poulsen stated.

The Meeting also discussed the status of the risk assessment data collection and the financial reporting.

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