1st Offshore Protocol Working Group Meeting – Jun 13, 2013

The 1st Offshore Protocol Working Group Meeting was convened in Valletta, Malta between 13th and 14th June 2013, pursuant to the Decision IG.20/12 of the 17th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (Paris, France, 8 -10 February 2012).

The meeting attended by a total of 44 participants including representatives from 14 Contracting Parties to the Barcelona, beneficiated from the experience of well-known regulators and experts from various governments, international organizations and operators.

The open dialogues and very active participation of all attendees enabled a wide review of the obligations under the Offshore Protocol and the drawing of a set of recommendations including the need for the harmonization of Mediterranean approach with internationally and European recognized best practices, the creation of synergies with other related Programmes  and Contracting Parties’ Decisions , the involvement of the oil and gas industry and NGOs in future activities, the need for detailed legal and technical information from Mediterranean countries as well as the establishment of a regular regional forum.

To continue the regional efforts toward the implementation of the Offshore Protocol in the Mediterranean, the 2nd Meeting Offshore Protocol Working Group Meeting will be held in Athens, Greece between 11 and 12 December 2013.

The report of the Meeting, and the related documents and presentations are available in the following table. 

Working Documents 
UNEP(DEPI)/MED WG.384/2  Provisional Annotated Agenda                                                           
Offshore Protocol Questionnaire
UNEP(DEPI)/MED WG.384/4 Report of the Meeting
Information Documents
UNEP(DEPI)/MED WG 384/INF.1  Offshore Protocol                                                                                                                  
UNEP(DEPI)/MED WG 384/INF.2 Decision IG 20.12 

The following dissertations were produced by students from the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) for the award of the Degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Maritime Law.  These dissertations are made available for information purposes only. The authors of these documents, IMO, UNEP, IMLI, MAP and REMPEC assume no liability whatsoever for any potentially damaging consequences which could result from the interpretation and use of information presented on these documents. The information contained in these documents do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the authors of these documents, IMO, UNEP, MAP, IMLI and REMPEC concerning the legal status of any State, Territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of their frontiers or boundaries.

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