Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

Tackling spills across Europe

HELCOM hosts a pan-European meeting today on pollution incident cooperation, with the view to maintain a thorough exchange of experiences and information across the continent. The annual meeting aims to create working synergies of the organizations in the Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, the Northeast Atlantic, the Nordic countries and the EU: European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the European Commission. Representatives of the concerned regional agreements will each present an overview of recent, current and planned activities, regarding both operational and preparedness matters. The agreements represented include the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), Bonn Agreement, Lisbon Agreement, Copenhagen Agreement and the Helsinki Convention (HELCOM). * * *Note for editors:Maritime transportation in the Baltic Sea region has steadily increased during the past decade. On the average, 2,000 ships are at sea every day and by 2017 maritime transport of goods in the region has been estimated to double.  works to ensure swift national and international response to maritime pollution incidents and that in case of an accident the right equipment is available and routines are in place to respond immediately in cooperation with neighbouring states. The Group also coordinates the aerial surveillance to provide a complete picture of sea-based pollution around the Baltic and to help identify suspected polluters. The meetings of the HELCOM Response Group have been held regularly for over thirty years.  The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, usually referred to as , is an intergovernmental organisation of the nine Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union working to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution and to ensure safety of navigation in the region. Since 1974, HELCOM has been the governing body of the ‘Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area’, more commonly known as the Helsinki Convention. For more information, please contact:Hermanni BackerProfessional Secretary for Maritime, Response and Maritime Spatial PlanningHELCOMTel:  +358 46 8509199Skype: helcom02E-mail: hermanni.backer(at)helcom.fiJohanna LaurilaInformation SecretaryHELCOMTel: +358 40 523 8988Skype: helcom70E-mail: johanna.laurila(at)

HELCOM hosts a pan-European meeting today on pollution incident cooperation among the continent’s regional agreements.