We all depend on safe, secure and clean seas and oceans for prosperity and peace. It is through adequate maritime security that we can maintain the rule of law in areas beyond national jurisdiction and protect the EU strategic maritime interests which include:
The European Union Maritime Security Strategy (EUMSS) for the global maritime domain, adopted by the European Council in June 2014, is a joint EU plan to improve the way in which the EU pre-empts and responds to these challenges. It is an overarching maritime security strategy against all challenges from the global maritime domain that may affect people, activities or infrastructures in the EU.
The strategy is built upon closer collaboration within the EU, across the regional and national levels. It seeks to increase awareness and ensure higher efficiency of operations.
A second objective is to protect EU maritime interests worldwide. The EUMSS strengthens the link between internal and external security, and couples the overall European Security Strategy with the Integrated Maritime Policy.
By working together more closely and planning ahead, the EU and its Member States can make better use of existing resources, and enter more effective and credible international partnerships.
The EUMSS is complemented with an Action Plan, a list of over 130 specific actions and a timeframe to drive the implementation of the EUMSS forward. All maritime security stakeholders in the EU – across sectors and borders – are called upon to participate directly in a cooperative setting.
The EUMSS Action Plan is organised around five key areas of cooperation, chosen after a comprehensive and forward-looking analysis of the threats and challenges affecting maritime security: External Action; Maritime Awareness, Surveillance and Information Sharing; Capability Development; Risk Management, Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Crisis Response; Maritime Security Research and Innovation, Education and Training.
This comprehensive approach strengthens the EU's voice in the international arena, and enhances the capacities of maritime security professionals in the EU.
If you are involved in maritime security at EU or national level, there are many opportunities for you to get involved. Please ask your relevant authority about local and sectorial priorities. You can also find professional information in the EU Maritime Forum.
Some success stories so far: