“The RAMOGE Agreement is an example of the now historic environmental cooperation between states. It is a reference and starting point: we must have the strength and political capacity to extend it to all the countries of the Mediterranean. Because the defense of the our sea, a fragile sea and extraordinary for biodiversity, must see us all united.” So Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti, in Monte Carlo for the fortieth anniversary of the signing RAMOGE, which provides for cooperation and synergy between Italy, France and the Principality of Monaco for the prevention and the fight marine pollution and the protection of ecosystems in areas between Provence, Alpes, Côte d’Azur, Principality of Monaco and Liguria. Prince Albert of Monaco attended the ceremony.

“We have to look at RAMOGE – Galletti added – for what it represents and how it opens for the future. What happened with the oil spill in Genoa – the minister said – it was another example of the risk which our undergo coasts and our sea; another example of the importance of a control system and intervention able to act with the highest rapid adoption of the best and most up to date technologies, with a fast and effective coordination between units of different countries. And, in this regard, we thank France for having arranged means ready which fortunately are not served”.

The minister also recalled “the great work of the Coast Guard, as a direct expression of the functional and operational Ministry Environment on the marine ecosystem, which participates exercise RAMOGE with vessels and aircraft”. Together the Coast Guard, which is responsible exclusively in the field National coordination and technical management of interventions to the fight against pollution, will participate tomorrow in the annual antipollution international exercise French media and Monaco, for a test of the degree of readiness bench in the event of emergency.


Source: medNews