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Friday, 08 January 2016

EU: EUR 43 million for maritime security in Africa

The European Union has allocated EUR 43 million to programmes aiming to reinforce Maritime Security in the Eastern and Southern Africa-Indian Ocean region (MASE) and Critical Maritime Routes in the Indian Ocean (CRIMARIO). Experts from the maritime security programmes in the Eastern and Southern Africa-Indian Ocean region (MASE) and Critical Maritime Routes in the Indian Ocean (CRIMARIO) participated in this meeting, which was co-chaired by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the European Union Delegation represented by Jean-Pierre Bardoul. The European Union is providing financing of EUR 37.5 million and EUR 5.5 million for the MASE and CRIMARIO programmes respectively. The objective of the MASE programme, managed by the regional organisations of the Eastern and Southern Africa-Indian Ocean region (ESA-IO) is to promote regional ownership of the issue of maritime security. For the representatives of the MASE and CRIMARIO programmes and the national and regional stakeholders, there is a need to establish synergies. They assessed numerous ideas to meet the needs and expectations of the States in the region. As reported by the IO press agency, the participants defined clear areas of cooperation between the programmes, in particular as regards training, preparing manuals of operational procedures and regulatory texts.

Source: linfo.re