Sélecteur de langues
Brussels, 3 November 2008
European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Joe Borg commented: "For maritime surveillance to work as well as it can, it needs to be comprehensive, cross border and cross-sectoral. We need systems which can draw on all available means.. The existing obligations in this area at EU level are many and varied, and our vessel monitoring systems are increasingly sophisticated. However, they tend to monitor a specific area focusing on one single activity instead of having a overall view on the many activities that are simultaneously carried out at sea. . We need to work towards the full interoperability of the various systems, and this new working document identifies precisely what needs to be done next in order to realise that vision."
There is already substantial sectoral cooperation taking place at both EU and national level on specific matters such as border control, maritime safety and security, as well as fisheries. Specific examples which demonstrate the potential for coordinating resources across sectoral boundaries can be found in the 2008 inspection campaign mounted by the Commission and the Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA) for the bluefin tuna fishery. It can also be found in the launch of EU NAVCO initiative, last September, to coordinate monitoring and action to combat piracy against EU vessels in Somali waters.
However, the Working Document concludes that further concerted work by all participants is required to move towards greater integration on a cross-sectoral level to achieve better added value and cost-efficiency benefits. Therefore, within a few months, the Commission will finance two large-scale pilot projects to evaluate how Member States can improve cross-sectoral exchange of surveillance data and carry out joint activities.
Progress towards establishing an integrated EU maritime surveillance network was one of the key objectives set out in the Action Plan for an Integrated Maritime Policy adopted by the Commission in October 2007. The present report builds on the three working documents on maritime surveillance adopted by the Commission in February of this year. These documents and the Commission Staff Working paper published today can be found at: