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Reorient the Atalanta operation

(B2) For more than eleven years, the EU anti-piracy operation has been at work in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia

Maintain operation

Atalanta's ongoing strategic review recommends “maintaining the operation because we cannot stop it,” an officer tells us. The interest and objective of the EUNAVFOR atalanta operation is not only to conduct a naval operation, to escort PAM ships. It's a little more than that.

Fisheries monitoring

In addition to deterring piracy and contributing to the free flow of trade, Operation ATALANTA's mandate is to monitor fishing activities off the coast of Somalia, protect vessels of the World Food Program (WFP) and the Mission of the African Union in Somalia (AMISOM) and to support other EU missions and international organizations working to strengthen maritime security and capabilities in this region.

A general surveillance mission

The challenge now could be to make it more widely a maritime surveillance operation of the entire area of ​​the Indian Ocean, which is so strategic. This would include monitoring the various types of trafficking (arms, coal, human beings, etc.) which partly fuel the Al Shabab terrorist movements.


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).