7. Transnational cooperation helps public authorities to offer better services for citizens and companies
Transnational projects typically lead to time-saving, innovative or improved solutions and methodologies which save resources and increase efficiency. This improves cost-efficiency, accelerates the uptake of current best-practice approaches, and facilitates wise use of public resources in the region.
Highly frequented shipping routes that are used to transport oil and other hazardous substances connect ten countries around the Baltic Sea. Each country is equipped to respond to certain accidents. With Interreg support, emergency authorities from different countries align their operational procedures to increase their effectiveness. Coast and border guards as well as rescue and emergency services such as fire fighters conducted joint exercises in saving human lives, be it in passenger ship accidents (DiveSMART Baltic project) or in accidents with harmful chemicals in ports (HAZARD project) or at sea (ChemSAR project).
By strengthening their collaboration, transnational cooperation helps rescue authorities responsible for search and rescue operations related to the sea to be more effective in the event of an accident - for the sake of EU citizens’ and companies’ safety.
Some 50,000 tons of chemical munitions and 200,000 tons of conventional munitions were dumped into the Baltic Sea after World Wars I and II. The construction of pipelines, cables and wind farms at sea as well as natural corrosion of dumped containers increase the risk of explosions near populated areas and of contamination of the environment. The Interreg project CHEMSEA mapped the munitions’ positions and assessed their environmental and biological risks. Now the Interreg project DAIMON is developing management options to support maritime, defence and environmental authorities in the Baltic Sea region and Skagerrak in e.g. monitoring, neutralising, transporting or destroying munitions.