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March 13 – More than 90 representatives, from 23 EU countries and 53 organisations with coast guard-related functions gathered to attend the “New European environmental commitment” workshop held in EMSA on 27-28 February. The workshop was organised jointly by EMSA and the Italian chair of the European Coast Guard Functions Forum. Delegates joined from the European Commission, EFCA and Frontex as well as from regional organisations such as Ramoge, Helcom, and the Bonn Agreement.
The focus was on marine pollution prevention, response and enforcement from two main perspectives: risk assessment and education and training. On the first, participants emhasized the need to manage risk in terms of both human and asset resources, by developing regional tools, increasing data sharing and integration, and filling legislative gaps to ensure a consistent approach. On the second, the sectoral qualification framework (SQF) was highlighted as a valuable tool for the implementation of training schemes as well as for co-operation on coast guard functions. The workshop concluded with a round-up of existing best practices and technological developments, and underlined the need for further cross-sectoral co-operation.
EMSA Newsletter, March 2019