21/07/2010 – TRANSPORTS: EU, FOUR BALKAN COUNTRIES IN SAFEMED PROJECT
BRUSSELS – The European Commission decided to involve Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro in the Eu funded SafeMed II project, now in the second phase (2009-2011), which aims to protect Mediterranean against the risks of accidents at sea and marine pollution, especially promoting a uniform application of the maritime rules. The news is in the project’s bulletin. Until now SafeMed II involved Eu’s partners as Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. The participation of the four western Balkans countries, that are also pre-accession countries, is the signal that today several countries bordering the Mediterranean are working to achieve a high level of maritime safety and protection of the maritime environment in the region. Furthermore, the initiative is in line with the objectives of the Union for the Mediterranean. These four countries will participate to the SafeMed’s training programme and could win scholarships for courses at the World maritime University (WMO) and at International Maritime Law Institute.
Source: Vecchio sito IPA