The SafeMed Project is a response to the interest of the European Union (EU) to develop Euro-Mediterranean co-operation in the field of maritime safety and security, prevention of pollution from ships and marine environmental issues by providing technical advice and support to the non-EU Mediterranean countries identified in the 1995 Barcelona Process.
The objective is to mitigate the existing imbalance in the application of maritime legislation in the region between the EU Member States and the Mediterranean partner countries through promoting a coherent, effective and uniform implementation of the relevant international conventions and rules aimed at better protecting the marine environment in the Mediterranean region by preventing pollution from ships.
With the intention to tackle the problem, a first SafeMed project (SafeMed I), developed in co-operation with the Euro-Mediterranean Transport Forum (EUROMED), ran from 2006 until 2008.
In view of the achievements of SafeMed I, the European Commission's EuropeAid Cooperation Office and the Mediterranean partner countries agreed on the idea to launch a second SafeMed project (SafeMed II), which covers the years 2009-2011.
As was the case for SafeMed I, the Project is implemented by the IMO's Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), operating within the framework of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) of the Regional Seas Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The SafeMed II Project assists the Mediterranean partner countries with the further implementation of the 2007 adopted Regional Transport Action Plan (RTAP) for the Mediterranean 2007-2013.
The RTAP set outs a road-map for transport cooperation and comprises a number of actions in different transport sectors (maritime, road, railways and civil aviation) and targets mainly regulatory (institutional) reform and infrastructure network planning and implementation. The most relevant actions in the RTAP are related to the implementation of IMO/ILO conventions (N°7), cooperation with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA – N° 8) and the further deployment of VTS and VTMIS systems in the major Mediterranean ports (N° 9). Supported by the expertise of REMPEC, the SafeMed II Project will enable the Mediterranean partner countries to make further progress on these actions in the Road-Map.