3rd Offshore Protocol Working Group Meeting, Attard, Malta, 17-18 June 2014 – Jun 17, 2014

The 3rd Offshore Protocol Working Group Meeting is being organized by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre fort the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) in co-ordination with the United Nations Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) within the framework of the Ecosystem Approach in the Mediterranean Project (EcAp MED).

The Meeting is being convened 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 principal objectives of the Meeting will be:

  • To review the Draft Action Plan for the implementation of the Protocol     for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution Resulting from Exploration and Exploitation of the Continental Shelf and the Seabed and its Subsoil (Offshore Protocol), (an initial draft is currently being prepared and will be circulated as soon as finalized);
  • To discuss the working arrangements of the Barcelona Convention Offshore Oil and Gas Group (BARCO –OFOG Group) as requested in the Decision IG.21/8 of the 18th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (Istanbul, Turkey, 3-6 December 2013); and
  • To address necessary partnerships with other organizations, industry and other actors to be established including the MAP Partners to support in the framework of the BARCO –OFOG Group the successful implementation of the Offshore Protocol.

Offshore Focal Points and Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) Focal Points have been invited to nominate jointly and in consultation with all national authorities concerned their representatives in the Meeting.  The participation in national delegations of observers representing the oil offshore exploration and production industries has been strongly encouraged. The invitation to attend the Meeting was also extended to the specialized agencies of the United Nations, other governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as to the international professional organizations and associations whose activities are relevant for the work of the Offshore Protocol Working Group.

The Meeting’s documents, the provisional agenda and draft timetable of the Meeting as well as an information sheet outlining the organizational aspects of the Meeting will be posted on this page for the perusal of participants in the Meeting.

Working documents 

REMPEC/WG.35/3/1 Provisional Agenda
REMPEC/WG.35/3/2 Provisional Annotated Agenda
REMPEC/WG.35/3/3 Draft Timetable
REMPEC/WG.35/3/4 Draft Offshore Action Plan

Information documents 

REMPEC/WG.35/INF.1 List of Documents
REMPEC/WG.35J/1 Provisional List of participants (will soon be available)
REMPEC/WG.35/INF.2 List of Offshore and MAP Focal Points
REMPEC/WG.35/INF.3 Study of the International Practices - (REMPEC/WG.34/19/ Rev.1)
REMPEC/WG.35/INF.4 Note on the Integrated list of Mediterranean Good Environmental Status and related targets - UNEP (DEPI)/MED IG.21/Inf.5)
REMPEC/WG.35/INF.5 Report of the Integrated Correspondence Groups of GES and Targets  Meeting (UNEP (DEPI)/MED WG.390/4)
REMPEC/WG.35/INF.6 Final List of Documents (after the Closure of the Meeting)
REMPEC/WG.35/INF.7 List of participants (after the Closure of the Meeting)
Reference documents 


Hotel booking form for non-sponsored participants

Information sheet

All logistic arrangements are listed in the information sheet: Information Sheet