Pool of Experts Observers – First exchange during the exercise RAMOGEPOL HAVEN 2011 – Oct 24, 2011

The Tenth Meeting of Focal Points of the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), held in Malta between 2 and 5 May 2011 pointed out that national contingency plans should be tested through regular exercises and that an external expert advice capacity was needed in order to assist the countries in improving their procedures.

It was also decided to establish a pool of expert to attend exercises as observers. In this regard, REMPEC initiated the process of establishing the pool of experts by requesting its Focal Points to nominate a national representative.

On the occasion of the oil spill response exercise RAMOGEPOL HAVEN 2011 which will take place on 24th October 2011 in Genoa within the framework of the sub-regional Agreement RAMOGE between France, Italy and Monaco, an expert nominated by Tunisia will attend the exercise. This first exchange will mark the beginning of the cross-fertilization of knowledge and experience through the Mediterranean.