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AQUAPOL: TRANSEC (Transport Security) on the Water

AQUAPOL brings together EU countries’ national maritime and inland water law enforcement agencies, providing a forum for an exchange of know-how and good practice. The goal is a more effective and common approach to securing international shipping.

Project dates 01/12/2007 - 01/12/2010
Total budget€1 090 000
EU contribution70%
Project CoordinatorAQUAPOL (The Netherlands)
Associate Partners21 Water Police Forces, Inland Navigation Inspectorates and Maritime Inspectorates from Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

Project Description

Individual EU countries organise law-enforcement on the water in different ways. Similarly, the law-enforcement organisations in each country are different in nature – tasks, competences, organisational structure, level of experience and know-how and equipment differ considerably. The legislation in this domain varies significantly between countries.

Unlike national law-enforcement, water transport is not restricted by borders. Law-enforcement for international shipping is not effective when organised at national level. This project therefore supports the activities and expansion of AQUAPOL, the European Network for Law-enforcement on the water; both inland water and maritime.

AQUAPOL unites the EU countries’ law enforcement agencies and establishes cross-border cooperation and harmonisation of security check practices. It uses a number of tools and activities: meetings between the Heads of Service within participating organisations, working groups, exchange of good-practice, cross-border exchange of experts, joint training courses, seminars and large-scale cross-border control operations.

Benefits and results

AQUAPOL enables members to face the challenges posed by the international dimension of their work together. Strengthened cross-border cooperation between law-enforcement organisations and large-scale exchange of know-how and good practice has significantly enhanced AQUAPOL members’ efficiency and performance.

The ultimate goal is now to develop a harmonised model for law-enforcement on European water.

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