On 16 April, Frontex Executive Director Fabrice
Leggeri opened the annual European Coast Guard Event in Świnoujście, Poland.
This is the second such event jointly organised by Frontex, the European
Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
The Annual Coast Guard Event
provides a platform for national authorities, the EU agencies involved in the
cooperation on coast guard functions and the European Commission to exchange
views on matters related to safety and security at sea. The discussions focused
on information sharing and surveillance, analysing risks at sea and training of
coast guard officers.
annual gathering highlights the growing cooperation on European coast guard
functions,” said Frontex Director Fabrice Leggeri.
“I would like to point out that our three agencies are working together
as partners to provide increased operational support to the national
authorities working at sea. This event allows us to talk about what we have
already achieved, what we plan to do and how we can improve maritime safety and
security together,” he added.
Frontex, EFCA and EMSA support
Member States with information sharing, surveillance and communication services,
capacity building activities as well as risk analysis and information exchange
on threats in the maritime domain. The three agencies work in multipurpose
operations, where they together perform activities that support various coast
guard functions in the same operation. This year, these operations will be
carried out in the Black Sea, Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean.
In close cooperation with the
European SatCen and EMSA, Frontex had been expanding its surveillance services,
including those shared in real time.
“We are working alongside our sister agencies to ensure they have access
to a reliable maritime picture in real time. By way of example, during the
course of 2018, we delivered 2.7 billion ship position reports to EFCA and 4.9
billion to Frontex,” explained EMSA Executive Director Maja Markovčić
Pascal Savouret, EFCA’s Executive
Director, said: “The EU continues to face challenges in the maritime domain.
This is why we concentrate on fostering and improving the cooperation between the
agencies and the national authorities to provide an improved maritime awareness
environment and even better support to Member States.”
Another key challenge in the
maritime domain is the fight against cross-border crime and terrorism. Frontex
supports Member States through issuing alerts on high-risk vessels that might
be involved in drug smuggling or other illegal activities. In the future, the
agency will also buy and lease its own equipment, including coastal patrol
vessels for multipurpose operations.
In 2017, the three agencies
signed a tripartite working agreement that provides a framework for their
common work at sea.
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