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…

Piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Africa: EU and global impact

The in-depth analysis elaborated by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) was divulgated at the occasion of the High-Level Conference on Oceans that took place in Brussels on 19 March 2019. The paper addresses the most pressing challenges in relation to maritime security: piracy and armed robbery at sea. Africa is particularly vulnerable to these…

New campagin on sovereign blue bond in the Seychelles

During the Our Ocean Conference in October 2018, the Seychelles became the first state launching the sovereign blue bond, a financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects. Within this framework, the Seychellois authorities are now announcing the launching of a campaign of information on the bond. The campaign will start in April and it…

EU Civil-Military Engagement in the Horn of Africa: Celebrating the 10 years of Operation Atalanta

During the last years, the stability of the Somali territory and waters has been a priority of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). In December 2018, the EU naval Operation Atalanta (EU NAVFOR) celebrated 10 years of deployment. While EU NAVFOR contributes in fighting piracy at sea, civilian and military missions on the…

30 Days at Sea

Interpol and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released the results of the month-long operation “30 Days at Sea” launched between 1 and 31 October, where 122 national coordinators supported the international law enforcement operation against maritime pollution. As a result of this global effort, 276 law enforcement and environmental agencies detected over 500 offences…