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Expert Group on Maritime Policy

Expert Group on Maritime Policy

At the 15th Ministerial Session in Elsinore, Denmark on the 4th of June the Ministers welcomed the decision to set up an Expert Group on Maritime Policy intended to contribute to sustainable growth and employment in the maritime sector, to combine and better coordinate all sea related activities and tasks, as well as to strike an appropriate balance between economic, social and ecological aspects. The Expert Group is cross-sectoral and will coordinate its work mainly between the priority areas of Economic Development and the Environment.   On September 28, 2012 the Expert Group on Maritime Policy convened in Moscow for its 10th regular meeting – the first one under Russia’s CBSS presidency. The meeting was chaired by the State Policy Department on Maritime and River Transport of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. The Russian Chairmanship outlined its main priority topics for the Expert Group as well as its work calendar:

  1. Implementation of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships\’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM) in the context of measures aimed at improving the ecological situation in the Baltic Sea region – 10th EGMP meeting, Moscow, 28 September 2012
  2. Maritime traffic management and surveillance in the Baltic Sea region as an effective safety and security component minimizing negative impact on the environment – 11th EGMP meeting, St.-Petersburg, 15 November 2012
  3. Implementation of annex VI of the MARPOL Convention-74/78 in the Baltic Sea region: first results and expectations – 12th EGMP Kaliningrad, 1st Quarter 2013 (March) back to back with a EGMP Workshop

Ms. Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary of HELCOM, has been invited by the Chair as guest speaker and observer. The power point presentations from the meeting have been converted to PDF and are available to download by clicking on the below links embedded in the table.

Ms. Ekaterina Srebnyak, Deputy Head of Marine Environment Protection Division,Ph.D.Proposals for the Development of the National Ballast Water Management Strategy
Mr. Alexander Poshivay, Сhief of the Division of Safety and Support of Navigation, Federal Agency of Maritime and River TransportRealization of International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships\’ Ballast Water and Sediments in the region of Baltic Sea in the context of measures directed to improve ecological situation in the region
Ms. Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, Helsinki CommissionHELCOM work with focus on implementation of the BWM Convention