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EU anti-piracy operation extended

The Dutch ship Van Speijk escorting a World Food Program ship, loaded with oil, soybeans and flour, to Kismayo in Somalia (credit: EUNAVFOR)
The Dutch ship Van Speijk escorting a World Food Program ship, loaded with oil, soybeans and flour, to Kismayo in Somalia (credit: EUNAVFOR)

(B2) The 28 trade ministers approved, without debate (in point A), on Friday (21 November), the decision to extend the mandate of the EU anti-piracy operation (EUNAVFOR Atalanta) for two additional years, until December 2016, as to give this mission additional tasks.

keep up the pressure

« Operation Atalanta a greatly helped reduce offshore piracy from the Somali coast. We must maintain the pressure on the pirates to help to ensure safety in the Horn of Africa. It is in our mutual interest » underlined, the High Representative of the EU, Federica Mogherini, in a press release (*). «La Force naval of the EU go now also contribute to tackle the causes depths of piracy »

Additional tasks

As our Club readers already know (we have provided them with a preview of the text of the decision), EUNAVFOR Atalanta may also provide logistical support, expertise and training at sea at other EU actors, especially the EU mission on strengthening maritime capabilities regional (EUCAP NESTOR) or the training mission of the Somali army (EUTM) Somalia. Read also: The mandate of Operation EUNAVFOR Atalanta extended and modified. Details. This renewal could be the last – unless unforeseen – before transformation to other devices.

(NGV)

You can download here the Council Decision 2014/827/CFSP of 21 November 2014

(*) Traditionally, according to the distribution of tasks resulting from the Lisbon Treaty, the meeting of foreign trade ministers is chaired by a minister from the country holding the presidency of the EU. In this case, the Italian Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Carlo Calenda.

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).