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A network in the Atlantic for maritime surveillance

(BRUSSELS2) As a direct result of the informal meeting of Defense Ministers in Gothenburg (1), the European Commission proposed, on Thursday (15 October), to go further in the coordination of maritime policies. It thus advocates an approach by basin: “ the priorities and instruments of maritime policy must be adapted according to the geophysical, economic and political context specific to each of the major European maritime basins ».

Beyond the aspects, it is a new pool of skills that is opening up for the EU. " The EU is determined to contribute to the establishment of an international capacity of the Community which will enable it to overcome current and future maritime challenges ».

However, the sharing of data and the interoperability of surveillance systems pose certain challenges from a technical and legal standpoint, as well as from a security point of view. In its proposal, the Commission proposes to launch two pilot projects intended to concretely test the integration of maritime surveillance: in the Mediterranean and near Atlantic; and in the North Sea.

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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).