Maritime security: EU adopts new action plan for more secure seas and oceans

June 26, 2018
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European ministers adopted a revised action plan on maritime security on 26 June. With the new plan, Europe strengthens its commitment to security at sea – both at home and around the world.

Essential in this revised Action Plan:

  • An innovative & holistic perspective on maritime security, encompassing terrorism as well as cyber, hybrid, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats in the maritime domain
  • Introducing a regional approach to a global challenge, allowing for tailor-made responses to security challenges in European sea basins and key hotspots such as the Gulf of Guinea and the Horn of Africa
  • Protection of critical maritime infrastructure such as ports, ships and energy installations at sea
  • Stronger collaboration between civilian and military actors, between different agencies and across borders

The action plan follows on from the European Union Maritime Security Strategy (2014), the first comprehensive framework of common principles for the protection of the EU’s strategic maritime interests. Today’s update will ensure that the EU response remains fit for current and future challenges in a rapidly changing security environment.


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Press release

Council of the EU Conclusions on the EUMSS Action Plan

European Commission webpage on EU maritime security policy

European Defence Agency webpage on maritime surveillance

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia
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