The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) brought together national experts from neighboring States to Monaco, 13th, 14th and 15th February 2007.

A meeting, jointly organized by REMPEC (Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea) and the Principality of Monaco, brought together about thirty national experts, representing all the countries of the Mediterranean, to consider draft guidelines in respect of the protection of the marine environment and pleasure craft activities in the Mediterranean. The meeting, aimed at finalizing the text for the draft guidelines, which will then be presented at the 15th meeting of contracting parties to the Barcelona Convention, follows on from a similar meeting organized in Monaco in December 2004. The purpose of the text is to draw up a regional legal instrument on the prevention of marine pollution by pleasure craft activities in the Mediterranean Sea; a true guide for the use of States so that they are able to establish the relevant legislation. Its originality lies in the fact that it is quite innovative: the Mediterranean could therefore be, with the Caribbean region, one of the first areas on the planet to be equipped with guidelines specific to the protection of the marine environment relating to pleasure craft activities. From the very first stages, the Principality took a major interest in the project, according to the wishes of Prince Rainier III and his major involvement gave certain impetus to the first draft of the text in 2004. Today, the finalization of this text meets certain goals set by H.S.H. Prince Albert II in matters relating to the protection of the marine environment. The Sovereign moreover manifested his interest for the establishment of such a legal instrument when he visited Malta in June 2003 and during his visit to REMPEC’s premises. The seminar was closed by Mr. Calcagno, the Government Counselor of the Principality of Monaco for Facilities, the Environment and Urban Planning, who welcomed the positive results of the accomplished work. The fixed goals have been fully met to the satisfaction of Rempec’s Director and all the national delegations in the Mediterranean basin. 

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