maritime piracy

Italy allows private guards on board its flag vessels

(BRUSSELS2) In the decree-law which defines the government's refinancing of military missions abroad, the Italian government has defined additional measures to combat military piracy. And in particular the possibility for merchant and fishing vessels, flying the Italian flag, to use private security companies in areas exposed to piracy. These private guards may be armed. But all the conditions are not yet defined. According to a dispatch from the Ansa agency, a new decree must be adopted within sixty days, to establish “ conditions and requirements for the possession, use, acquisition and transportation of weapons and ammunition by security guards”.

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).