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.
|Total budget||€1 090 000|
|Project Coordinator||AQUAPOL (The Netherlands)|
|Associate Partners||21 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.|
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.
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.