25/01/2012 –Upon the invitation of the Italian Civil Protection authorities, an EU mission to observe the rescue and marine pollution operations on the Costa Concordia cruise ship is going to be deployed today.
The goal of the six-member expert team will be to observe the rescue and marine pollution operations and to issue a report with its main findings in order to share lessons learnt with all Participating States in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
The EU team deployed today by the Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) combines expertise in the fields of civil protection, marine pollution and search and rescue. The team is joined by a colleague from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and from the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit.
The team will produce a report to be shared with the 31 European countries which belong to the European Civil Protection Mechanism and with partners in the UN.