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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Fight against Piracy off the East African coastline: EU Grants €37m

The European Union has granted EUR 37 million to the eight member states of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) - Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda - to reinforce the fight against maritime piracy off the East African coastline.
The agreement was signed on June, 13 in Djibouti, at the headquarters of the regional body.
The grant was given under the auspices of the EU Regional Maritime Security Program (MASE), which was originally adopted in October 2010 in Mauritius. The programme seeks to reinforce –over a three years period - maritime security in waters off Africa's eastern and southern coastline, by: developing a strategy to tackle piracy on land in Somalia; enhancing judicial capabilities to arrest, transfer, detain and prosecute piracy suspects; addressing economic impact and financial flows related to piracy; and improving national and regional capacities in maritime security functions, including surveillance and coastguard functions.
IGAD is endowed with the task of implementing, within the framework of the MASE Project, the strategy against piracy in Somalia it had drafted on the basis of a study previously conducted.
MASE is financed as part of the current (10th) European Development Fund (EDF).

Source: Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD)