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Securing the seafront, a subject of informal defense

(B2) Carme Chacon, the Spanish Minister of Defense, is expected to present a working document focused on “common maritime security” to the informal meeting of Defense Ministers on February 24 and 25 (in Palma de Mallorca). The Spanish are making it a priority of their presidency. They want, in fact, to define a common concept of action, encourage the exchange of information between all actors working at sea, and organize maritime and military security operations more effectively. “ The sea is an area where borders are blurring, with a multitude of actors. Some, as we see in the waters off the coast of Somalia, endanger our security. » has explained Constantino Mendez, Secretary of State for Defense, during a seminar which brought together maritime and security specialists in Madrid on January 29. “ We have to face dthe most important challenges : drug and arms trafficking, illegal immigration, smuggling, environmental damage, terrorism and, of course, piracy. To combat them, we must strengthen cooperation between national and European policies civil and military, public and private sectors " he added.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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).