Training & Cooperation: Member States, Norway & Iceland
The training programme for EU countries, Norway and Iceland on implementing EU maritime legislation is defined by representatives of the member states during the annual meeting of the Consultative Network on Technical Assistance (CNTA) held at EMSA.
Training is provided by a dedicated team through seminars, workshops, experts' visits and information days covering all fields of EMSA's mandate – from port state control, maritime security and vessel traffic monitoring to port reception facilities, marine equipment and pollution prevention and response. Experts from the member states and international organisations are invited to share their experience with the course participants who have been designated by the member states' maritime administrations.
Over the years, EMSA's training activities have grown in scope and in number – from four courses to 48 officers in 2004, to ten courses to 297 officers in 2012. This comes in response to the needs of the beneficiary countries and the development of EU maritime legislation.
Since 2008, EMSA can give training at national level at the request of national EU/EEA administrations. Neighbouring member states can also join, thereby giving the training a more regional perspective. Each year, EMSA holds up to three regional training courses on EU maritime legislation for the beneficiary countries.
In cooperation with the Paris MoU Secretariat, EMSA holds seminars on port state control for the Paris MoU member countries. Four seminars involving 180 port state control officers are organised per year, in accordance with the Paris MoU training regime for port state control officers.