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.
We help rescue authorities to save more lives together
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). The ResQU2 project platform ensures that the gained learning experiences and existing guidelines are communicated, discussed and demonstrated to the national rescue authorities around the Baltic and North Sea areas.
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. Until today, there are no efforts to remove the dangerous legacy from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. However, the recently increasing 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 based on all available data and assessed their environmental and biological risks. The follow-up project DAIMON developed 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. Maritime administrators and spatial planners, environmental agencies, coastguards and military are today aware of the existing risks, but do not use recently developed tools for risk analysis, selection of remediation methods or environmental impacts assessment. The project DAIMON 2 offers training in using the new tools and develops them further into standard operating procedures for the environmental impact assessment.
In this way, Interreg helps authorities react together to a common threat to keep people and wildlife in and around the Baltic Sea safe.