The Council adopted a general approach on a proposal for financing the activities of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in the field of combating marine pollution in the years 2014 to 2020 as set out in doc. 14076/13. EMSA’s pollution response includes information, cooperation and coordination activities and, above all, operational assistance. Previously EMSA’s remit covered only monitoring of and response to pollution from ships, but earlier this year its tasks were extended to include pollution caused by offshore oil and gas installations. The new regulation is intended to ensure that the agency has the funds needed to carry out these tasks. The Council kept the ceiling of EUR 160.5 million for the seven-year period as proposed by the Commission (8219/13).