Poland and Denmark divide economic zones in the Baltic

Danish island of Zealand the Baltic Pipe is planned to cross. Photo: Wikimedia/Hubertus45

The heads of diplomacy of Poland and Denmark - Jacek Czaputowicz and Anders Samuelsen - signed an agreement on the demarcation of maritime areas in the Baltic Sea, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated. The recommended route of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline runs through this area.

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The agreed demarcation line will divide the continental shelves and the exclusive economic zones of Poland and Denmark in part of the Baltic Sea south of Bornholm. The divided area is of ​​approx. 3.6 thousand sq. km, where the economic zones of Poland and Denmark were not delimited for several dozen years.

"Today's ceremony (...) shows that with bilateral engagement, mutual trust and respect it is possible to solve even long-lasting disputes," emphasized Czaputowicz, quoted in the communiqué of Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"This is excellent news, in fact showing our commitment to solving difficult matters through negotiation," added his Danish counterpart, Mr Samuelsen.

It was reported that the course of the Polish-Danish border in the Baltic Sea was agreed in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of ​​10 December 1982 and relevant international jurisprudence.

The Baltic Pipe is a proposed natural gas pipeline between Denmark and Poland. When completed, it will transport natural gas from Norway (19 drilling concessions on the local shelf belong to the Polish state-owned PGNiG) to Poland via Denmark and potentially also to other clients in the region.

The recommended gas pipeline route is about 275 km long and traverses Polish and Danish waters as well as the exclusive economic zone of Sweden.