Navy Commander warns EU not to ease piracy control

Commander David Giles, Liaison Officer of the EU anti-piracy operations, Atalanta, which is monitoring the piracy situation off the coast of Somalia and the Indian Ocean warns the EU member states not to ease the military operations even though the number of hijackings has dropped in recent months.

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The Danish movie, “A Hijacking” brought the piracy problem back to the political agenda when more than 120 participants from the political institutions of the EU saw the much-praised movie about the crew on a Danish ship hijacked by pirates.

“A Hijacking” was shown in the European Parliament by the Danish Shipowners’ Association and the Danish member of the European Parliament Anne Rosbach (independent). The message about the sufferings of the seafarers in connection to a hijacking made a big impression and during the following debate, Liaison Officer of the EU’s Atalanta operation, Commander David Giles, among others, highlighted the crucial element in EU member states continuing to contribute to the military operations even though the number of hijackings has dropped in recent months. According to Giles, the level of piracy will otherwise increase.

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