PAM reaffirms commitment to anti pollution mechanisms by REMPEC

PAM reaffirms commitment to anti pollution mechanisms by REMPEC
The new Head of the Office of REMPEC, Mr. Gabino Gonzalez Deogracia, paid a courtesy visit to the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, Ambassador Sergio Piazzi, to discuss preparations for the Centre’s strategic planning for the next biennium. 

The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), based in Malta, assists the Mediterranean coastal States in ratifying, transposing, implementing and enforcing international maritime conventions related to the prevention of, preparedness for and response to marine pollution from ships. REMPEC is administered by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in cooperation with UNEP/MAP.

PAM expressed its continued interest and support to the activities of REMPEC, in particular in relation to the preparedness and contingency planning for possible emergencies, which could result in the area, following oil pollution accidents due to military conflicts, particularly at industrial facilities close to the shores.

After the Deepwater Horizon platform accident in the Gulf of Mexico, PAM MPs, as part of PAM’s engagement on the protection of the environment, had dedicated a parliamentary hearing on 18 May 2011, in Rome - Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: is the Mediterranean ready? - to review risks related to oil spills in the Mediterranean. In October 2011, the PAM Plenary Session had also unanimously adopted a report and resolution on “Natural disaster prevention and management in the Mediterranean marine space caused by oil or gas leakage” prepared by Hon. Nikolaos Nikolopoulos (Greece).

PAM also confirmed its participation at the 11th REMPEC Meeting of the Focal Points in the Mediterranean, to be held in June 2015, in Malta.    



issued on: 1 April 2015

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