Commission Proposes Budget Increase for Maritime Safety Agency
On 3 April, the European Commission proposed funding of €160.5 million for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for the years from 2014 to 2020, compared with the €154 million for the period 2007-2013.
Thanks to the funding EMSA will continue its actions to combat pollution caused by ships. The funds will enable the agency to maintain its network of specialised anti-pollution vessels available to Member States to recover pollutants and to further develop satellite images to detect pollution.
In parallel, the funds will support the efficient system of satellite imaging that has been developed to detect pollution in good time (CleanSeaNet) and which underpins efforts by the Member States to prevent illegal discharge and accidental spillage of oil. The funds will allow a response to spills from off-shore oil and gas installations using additional specialised equipment.