News Blogmaritime piracy

The Parliament calls out the institutions on piracy: what are you doing?

RFA Fort Victoria and HMS Somerset forcing a dhow to stop (credit: UK Royal Navy)

(BRUSSELS2) The European Parliament has decided to raise the issue of maritime piracy by asking a question to the responsible European authorities (Commission and Council of Ministers). This subject should be included on the agenda of a future session of Parliament, probably Wednesday March 14. It was Brian Simpson, the president of the “transport and tourism” committee, who was responsible for asking the question, estimating that faced with the threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean, the European institutions have not yet given their full measure. The British Labor MEP, passionate about rugby and cricket, asks the Council of the EU and the European Commission to please tell him:

  • « 1. What measures have been taken or are plans to be taken: a) to address the land-based causes of the problem in the pirates' countries of origin, b) to secure the release of (…) seafarers are currently being held hostage by pirates, c) with regard to a harmonized EU approach to the use of competent armed personnel on board?
  • 2. What are the future plans for the EU-NAVFOR Atalanta mission, in particular with regard to ensuring the effectiveness of the EU response to piracy at sea, taking into account the fact that the number of vessels engaged fell from more than 35 in 2009 to only 10 in 2011?
  • 3. What measures should be taken at international level, in particular within the United Nations and the IMO, to strengthen international cooperation in the fight against piracy at sea?
  • 4. What measures have been taken to ensure the traceability and confiscation of amounts paid as ransom and deposited in bank accounts in EU Member States? How does the Council intend to convince third countries to take equivalent measures so that ransoms can no longer be deposited in third country bank accounts? »

Pretty good questions. Because, for the moment, on what constitutes some of its community powers (transport, justice, etc.), the European Commission and the Council are, to say the least, rather silent... even abstinent.

Read also:

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).