What is the Bonn Agreement?

The Bonn Agreement is the mechanism by which the North Sea States, and the European Union (the Contracting Parties), work together to help each other in combating pollution in the North Sea Area from maritime disasters and chronic pollution from ships and offshore installations; and to carry out surveillance as an aid to detecting and combating pollution at sea.

The North Sea States are Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


  • Contracting Parties

The North Sea is divided into different zones where the responsibility for the surveillance and assessment of incidents is assigned to Bonn Agreement members. The Agreement operates with a rolling chair and each Contracting Party takes on the role of Chair for a two year period. For 2019-2020 Norway will be Chairing the meetings.

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