Cyprus has requested technical assistance from EU on oil spill

Cyprus has requested technical assistance from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) regarding the oil spill forming between Cyprus and Syria, close to the Karpasia peninsula, after an accident at a Syrian refinery.

According to a Commission spokesperson, the EMSA has also offered Cyprus the use of an oil recovery vessel. The spokesperson also called on all relevant countries to activate the existing framework of collaboration against oil pollution under the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean, which has been signed by all countries in the region.

Source: Cyprus News Agency