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Tightening Cooperation between EU Agencies Gives Member States Better Possibilities of Using Their Services

In 2016 “the European border and coastguard package” was adopted by EU legislators. Within this package a common article was introduced in the Founding Regulation of EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency), EFCA (European Fisheries Control Agency) and FRONTEX (European Border and Coast Guard Agency) to reinforce cooperation in the field of coastguard functions. A testbed of this cooperation framework – the pilot project “Creation of European coastguard functions” – was completed in June 2017 with the official workshop on EMSA premises in Lisbon.
 

Although the main aim of the project was to increase capacity and information sharing between EU agencies, the main beneficiaries are member states’ agencies responsible for maritime safety and security, protection of the marine environment, and fishery control as they will get better cross sectoral access to state-of-the-art surveillance and monitoring systems (AIS information, satellite images, remotely piloted aircraft systems known as RPAS) to collect information about vessel movements and other ship related activities going on in their waters. All three agencies have high expectations that the services they provide will be actively used by civil and military authorities of the EU states.
 

Mr Rene Arikas and Mr Tarmo Ots, Estonian members of the EMSA Board, and Ms Helen Neider-Veerme, Estonian member of the FRONTEX Board, participated in the closing workshop. 

Three executive directors at the closing workshop

Photo by Mr Tarmo Ots