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Piracy at the heart of a seminar

(BRUSSELS2) Choice setting for the seminar organized by the European Commission and the Danish Presidency, on piracy. Named, “Piracy, the curse of maritime transport“, it will bring together for two days (Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 March) the main players on the subject both at the international level – Koji Sekimizy, the Secretary General of the IMO – and at European level – Siim Kallas (transport commissioner), Briam Simpson and Georgios Koumoutsakos (from the European Parliament's Transport Committee) as well as experts from DG Transport (Marjeta Jager), DG Development, DG Mare and the European Diplomatic Service (EEAS).

The maritime world will also be well represented: whether at the level of professional organizations – Pottengal Mukundan, from the international maritime office, Giles Noakes from Bimco; John Boreman of Intertanko – carriers, shipowners, shippers, users – Erik R. Nielsen, director of the Maersk company; Jean-Philippe Berillon of GDF Suez; Grahaeme Henderson, vice-president of Shell, Simon Delfau of the CMA CGM, Jon Whitlow, of the International Transport Federation... We will review the different responses to piracy or the particular situation of fishermen but also the human cost of piracy and the development of VPDs (private or military), the benefits and risks.

On the security side, several interesting speakers, Captain Paul Gelly, from Eunavfor, a representative of the Italian and Dutch Ministries of Defense as well as the General Secretariat for the Sea (France) will be present. Several COPS ambassadors will be making the trip, notably the Danish ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen. As well as certain EEAS officials, notably Thorsten Bargfrede (of the CMPD) or Rudolf Roy of the security policy division; and representatives of specialist companies such as Peter Cook of the Maritime Industry Safety Association.


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).