The European Maritime and Safety Agency is regarded as an effective organisation, which provides EU Member States with significant savings.  The EMSA is playing an important role in terms of reducing the risk of maritime accidents, marine pollution from ships and the loss of human life at sea.
 
I fully support the proposal to provide the EMSA with greater scope to assist neighbouring countries as search and rescue operations know no geographical or political boundaries.
 
However, it is regrettable that the Commission has yet to undertake a study into the creation of a European coastguard despite the adoption of the Directive on ship source pollution which mandates the Commission to do so.
 
I also welcome the fact that both Norway and Iceland are active members of the European Maritime and Safety Agency in my capacity as the Chairman of the European Parliament delegation to the EEA and EFTA states.