Through a recently published joint communication to the European Parliament and the Council for an open and secure maritime domain, the European Commission has signalled its priorities on security issues going forward. The strategy has been jointly adopted by the European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
The joint communication presents a vision of the Union's maritime security interests and threats, and proposes the areas in which cooperation between various maritime players can be enhanced beyond what is already good practice today. A wide range of actors in fields such as maritime transport, fisheries inspection, border control, law enforcement, port authorities and other port actors are concerned by the proposal.
The Communication refers to many challenges, threats and risks that should be dealt with to achieve an open, safe and secure global maritime domain.