The European Council has adopted a regulation to finance the actions of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in the field of response to marine pollution caused by ships and oil and gas installations from 2014 to 2020.
The regulation will enter into force immediately and apply retroactively, from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020.
Finance will amount to €160.5m expressed in current prices and annual amounts will be determined through the EU’s annual budgetary procedure, within the limits of the financial framework.
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.
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.