Answer – Anti-piracy measures – E-002115/2015

The EU, as Chair of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) since January 2015, set ambitious goals for the CGPCS, including zero ships and zero seafarers in the hands of Somali pirates. Currently there are zero vessels in the hands of pirates (down from 60 vessels in 2011) and the number of seafarers still held captive has dropped from 732 seafarers held captive in 2011 to 26 in March 2015. In 2014, the CGPCS established a so-called ‘Piracy Survivor Family Fund’ to provide for medical and social support to seafarers and their families after their release.
The EU is also active in other parts of the globe. The EU has adopted a global and cross-sectoral Maritime Security Strategy and Action Plan in 2014, which will support initiatives that aim to tackle maritime crime impunity in different parts of the globe. The EU has adopted a regional Strategy (2014) and an Action Plan (2015) for the Gulf of Guinea, which contributes to the protection of seafarers.
The EU contributes to maritime capacity building in third countries through the Critical Maritime Routes (CMR) Programme. In the Gulf of Guinea, CMR project Crimgo supports the development of coast guard capacity for regional cooperation. A follow-up project will directly support the EU Action Plan for the region.
In the wider Indian Ocean, project Crimario (launched in 2005) to enhance information sharing and build capacity to increase trans-regional cooperation will support the creation of two Information Fusion Centres in the region. The EU is also preventing pirate attacks and other forms of maritime criminality in South East Asia, contributing to the IMO Trust Fund to the region, and supporting cooperation among ASEAN stakeholders.
Source: Business & Finance

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