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Montenegrins in the “Atalanta” operation?

(BRUSSELS2) It is not yet done. But talks are already well advanced with Montenegro for a new contribution to the EU's anti-piracy operation, Atalanta. The small republic of the former Yugoslavia, which recently obtained its independence (from Serbia), could send by December or January, a team of 25 marine infantry elements, accompanied by a team medical of 3 people and 3 officers. These men could be taken on board the boats. They would stay around 3-4 months in the region. Operation Atalanta will then be ordered by Italy (read command in 2010). This is the third confirmed participation of a state not belonging to the EU (but a candidate for membership), after Norway – already on the ground – and Croatia. This participation completes the Swiss failure in time, the elements of which are not expected immediately (read here). This participation should be made official in the coming weeks on the EU side. But the COPS diplomats already gave their agreement last Friday.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).