Piracy makes a comeback off the coast of Somalia with new attack

Between 21 and 23 April, a suspected pirate gang attacked one Korean and one Spanish fishing vessels off the Somali coast, before being apprehended by EU NAVFOR Atalanta. These were the first attempted pirate attacks off the Horn of Africa since October last year. The suspected pirates hijacked a Yemeni dhow on 19 April and…

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…

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…

Meeting between Somalia and EU to strengthen maritime cooperation against piracy

According to this article, representatives of theEuropean Union and the Government of Somalia met on the flagship ESPS Galicia in Mogadishu to talk about the role of the EU Naval Forces currently policing Somali waters and recent piracy incidents that have occurred off the coast of Somalia. Many major naval officials were in attendance at…

CRIMARIO in the news: Towards an India-EU Security Partnership in the Indian Ocean

Europeans and Indians are both working towards similar objectives, including a rules-based order, cooperative multilateralism, and sustainable growth and stability in the Indian Ocean region. This article explains how the EU and India should move towards high-level strategic convergence, mentioning the CRIMARIO project. According to the article, Indian and European navies have operated side by…

EUCAP Somalia and EUNAVFOR Atalanta organise Maritime legal seminar held in Mogadishu

On 1 March Somali Prosecutors and Maritime Police Officers concluded a three-day Maritime Legal Seminar in Mogadishu organized by EUCAP Somalia in cooperation with EU NAVFOR Atalanta. The seminar is part of an on-going effort to help strengthen the cooperation between Somali police and prosecutors, EUCAP Somalia said. It is the third seminar the Mission…

EU and UN carry out maritime training with Somaliland Coast Guard

According to this article, on 3 December EU NAVFOR sailors, supported by staff from EUCAP NESTOR, carried out radar training in Berbera Bay, Somalia, as a precursor to an engagement the following day. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) assisted the EU in preparing for the radar training. On 4 December 2016 EUCAP…