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Training in the field of accidental marine pollution

The European Commission, DG XI, has published a call for proposals for training activities in the field of accidental marine pollution.

Following the Council resolution on the environment and sustainable development, and in accordance with the views of the Consultative Committee on the control and reduction of pollution caused by discharge at sea of hydrocarbons and other dangerous substances (ACPH), the European Commission plans to grant financial support for the realization of Community courses in the field of accidental marine pollution in 1997 and 1998.

The envisaged courses must make it possible to develop and strengthen the technical and professional knowledge of qualified personnel from the administrations of Member States who are called upon to plan for and cope with these environmental emergencies.

As well as improving the abilities of the personnel, these courses seek to stimulate cooperation between Member States when one of them is confronted with accidental pollution which requires the assistance of other States. These actions are intended to contribute to strengthening the European dimension in the fight against accidental marine pollution. They also aim to allow the exchange of information and the valorization of experiences of Member States in this field and to create and develop professional links at the level of the Union.

Tenders for courses can be submitted by companies, institutions and bodies, from both the private and public sectors of the Union, having the necessary skills in the field. Proposals will be selected on the basis of the technical quality and their cost.

Courses should not normally exceed six days and could address any of the subject areas indicated below (non-exhaustive list):

- Crisis management;
- Fighting against pollution in coastal areas and shallow waters;
- Containers lost at sea containing dangerous chemical goods;
- Management of the economic aspects and relations with insurers and the media;
- Oil and chemical wastes management;
- General courses on fighting against accidental marine pollution.

Three types of Community course will be proposed, according to the personnel for which they are intended.
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