December the 15th, 2020 – The EUREKA Project is a praiseworthy coming together of numerous countries who have their coasts lapped by the Adriatic and Ionian seas. The group of countries, which includes Croatia, are aiming for more safe and secure seas and an improvement in mutual cooperation.
As Morski writes, the EUREAK Project (Adriatic – Ionian Joint Approach for the Development and Harmonisation of Procedures and Regulations in the Field of Navigation Safety) which carries a total value of 3.1 million euros, of which 2.6 million euros come from ERDF funds and 527 thousand euros come from IPAII funds, formally began on the 1st of December 2020, within the “INTERREG VB ADRION Programme 2014-2020”. The project has an estimated duration of thirty months.
Oleg Butkovic’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure is the leading project partner, along with the project partners of maritime administrations responsible for the safety of navigation of other Adriatic-Ionian countries, namely: Italy, Slovenia, Greece, Montenegro and Albania, the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Rijeka and the University of Montenegro, as well as the project partner of the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The EUREKA Project is fully in line with the measures of the EUSAIR Strategy and the accompanying Action Plan with the aim of raising the level of safety of navigation and protection of the Adriatic – Ionian region, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure reported.
For the countries of the Adriatic – Ionian region, this marks a project of strategic importance for improving overall maritime safety, which will be ensured through key project activities related to the establishment of a permanent transnational network for the safety of navigation, the modernisation of the Adriatic sea’s mandatory reporting system (ADRIREP) with a new resolution International Maritime Organisation and a new and more simplified technological solution for reporting.
The project also regards the proper exchange of maritime traffic data of importance for navigation safety between the countries of the Adriatic-Ionian region and the standardisation of navigation safety services and VTS services in the same maritime area.