106/14 EMSA Issues Annual Report 2013

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EMSA issued it’s annual report which is an account of the work undertaken by EMSA in 2013 to enhance the quality of shipping, strengthen maritime safety and achieve cleaner oceans.

It measures the added value of EMSA’s activities and services for the EU in general and its principal stakeholders in particular – EU Member States, Iceland, Norway and the Commission.

Regulation (EC) No 1406/2002 is the legal basis of the Agency. Its most recent amendment (Regulation (EU) 100/2013), which entered into force in March 2013, broadened the range of activities undertaken by the Agency. While some activities were planned in order to anticipate these developments, the Work Programme 2013 on which this document reports was adopted in November 2012, before the entry into force of the new regulation.

From a content perspective, the entry into force of the revision of the Founding Regulation early in the year meant that 2013 was the official beginning of a new mandate. This new mandate is at once an act of confirmation and of faith. As a renewal of the tasks already assigned to EMSA it confirms the added value that the Agency has been bringing to the EU Member States since its creation in 2003. As an amendment that introduces new tasks, it entrusts the Agency with the power and potential to extend and deepen its positive impact on the maritime sector. But there is also a third element of fine-tuning: given the maturity of the Agency, the time was ripe for adjusting the legal basis to the lessons learned and experience and expertise gained over the ten years since its creation. From both the operational and governance standpoints, the revision of the Founding Regulation was also an act of clarification providing a higher level of certainty and transparency to all stakeholders.

From a budgetary perspective, 2013 was the last year of what is now the old financial perspective, and the year in which the harsh realities of the new perspective not only became clear but also began to have an impact. As any sound organization would, EMSA started to take into account the anticipated cuts in staff and finances over the coming years by initiating a series of policies and strategies aimed at long term efficiency gains, such as staff development, mobility and redeployment, organizational streamlining, and overhead cost savings. The overriding goal of these efforts is precisely to preserve the content and, crucially, the quality of the content. In a context of decreasing resources, the Agency was and remains determined to deliver on its mandate and provide the full portfolio of high quality support and services to the Commission, Member States and wider maritime community.

You can read the report by clicking on the following link:
www.imcgroup.gr/documents/EMSA-Annual Report (2013).pdf

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Thank you & Best Regards,

Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Lead Maritime Auditor / Principal Surveyor
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

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