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The Commission publishes a recommendation “Maritime piracy”

(B2) The European Commission adopted a recommendation on maritime piracy on March 11, more precisely on “measures for self-protection and prevention of acts of piracy and armed attacks against ships”.

Challenge: require Member States to better disseminate to maritime operators “Best management practices to discourage piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast”.

This recommendation, it should be noted, has more political than legal value. It does not contain sanctions against member states which do not do their job “well”. But the interest is also to have a text which is part of the “community acquis” and can thus be “disseminated” to non-EU member states (candidate countries for example) or be included in negotiations with third countries (with which the EU concludes association or cooperation agreements)

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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).

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