The European Council extended the mandates of Operation ATALANTA, EUTM Somalia and EUCAP Somalia

The European Council has prolonged the mandates of Operation ATALANTA, and of its two Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions – EUTM Somalia and EUCAP Somalia – until the 31st of December 2022. The decision of the Council aims to strengthen maritime security at large in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Since its…

African Union commends the Seychelles for its upcoming plans on the Blue Economy agenda for Africa

On the occasion of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), which took place on 10-11 February 2019 in Addis Ababa, the AU applauded the efforts of the Seychelles in advancing the Blue Economy agenda. During his speech, the Vice President of the Seychelles, Vincent Meriton, presented a stock taking…

2016 Lome Summit: the AU adopts a new charter on maritime security

On 15 October, 31 African states’ representatives signed for the adoption of the African Union Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development during the AU extraordinary Summit held in Lome, Togo. According to ECOWAS’ Chairwoman and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, this Charter aims at preventing and curbing national and transnational crime, especially terrorism, piracy…