Cyprus, Greece, and Israel have signed an Implementation Agreement on the Sub-Regional Marine Oil Pollution Contingency Plan to provide effective reaction to spill and facilitate cooperation among the countries in the field of oil pollution preparedness and response.
Prior to the agreement, the three countries have worked to strengthen the regional response mechanism ‘Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea’ (REMPEC). This is the product of a Joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection, which focuses on pollution from hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean and emphasises the political will to strengthen cooperation between the three countries in the field of preparedness and response to marine pollution.
The Heads of State and Government Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus; Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic; and Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel) released the joint statement:
“We welcome today’s meeting of our three competent Ministers and the subsequent signing of the Implementation Agreement on the Sub-regional Marine Oil Pollution Contingency Plan. This constitutes both tangible evidence and reflects our willingness to further enhance and upgrade our cooperation in a proactive manner. In this regard, we acknowledge and welcome the presence today of the representative of the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and express our appreciation for the invaluable support given by its Secretariat for the preparation of the aforementioned Agreement.”
The Sub-Regional Marine Oil Pollution Contingency Plan between Cyprus, Greece and Israel is the sixth to be developed in the Mediterranean region.
Image: Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel; Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus;Mr. Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic;Mr. Shmuel Revel, Ambassador of Israel to Cyprus; Mr. Costas Kadis, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment of Cyprus; and Mr. Socrates Famelos, Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy.