On behalf of DG DEVCO B5 the CRIMSON project organised on 21 June, in Brussels, the presentation of the Report ‘’EU Maritime Security Programming: a mapping and technical review of past and present EU initiatives’’.
The study, developed in the framework of CRIMSON, aimed to acquire information on past and existing EU and non-EU initiatives in the domain of maritime security in the three regions of interest: Gulf of Guinea, East Africa and Wider Indian Ocean, and South East Asia. The report intends to provide an assessment of the IcSP-funded CMR Programme and its links to other EU funded initiatives engaged with maritime security. Therefore, the study is intended to become a useful tool for every service involved in the domain when designing new initiatives or even rethinking existing ones.
In her introductory remarks, Mrs. Henriette Geiger, DEVCO B Director, stressed the commitment of the EU towards maritime security at a global level. She personally supported the study that, in her own words, ‘’is much more than a simple exercise of mapping and analysis of what we have done. It is a platform’’.
The meeting brought together representatives from DEVCO, FPI, EEAS, DG MOVE, DG MARE and FRONTEX. External participants included Interpol, US (Africom), MSCHOA and EUNAVFOR Atalanta. Representatives of regional organisations (ECOWAS, ECCAS, GGC, IGAD, EAC, COMESA and IOC) were invited but could not attend the meeting.
The CRIMSON experts who conducted the work presented the main findings of the study in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea, followed by roundtable discussions led by the team leaders of two CMR projects, CRIMARIO and GoGIN, and representatives of their equivalent EDF programmes MASE and the upcoming SWAIMS. Roundtable discussions followed with external partners who contributed to a fruitful and comprehensive debate on the different visions on how to potentially increase internal/external coherence and cooperation.
During the meeting it was underlined that all the stakeholders would benefit from the outcomes of the report and that their involvement would be fundamental to create a joint and effective response to the challenges faced in the maritime security domain. The need of a better international and multilevel coordination was a very important point raised during the discussions. The meeting also allowed receiving feedback on the report and the mapping, which CRIMSON plans to conclude in the coming weeks.
The report was well welcomed by all the participants, that appreciate the inclusion of both EU and non-EU initiatives inside the mapping. The EEAS also recognised the study as a ‘’living document’’ that can represent an important database to start building a better coordinate response to the threats posed to maritime security.