Shipowners: Maritime security as part of EU aid programs

Chairman of the European shipowners' piracy committee, Jan Fritz Hansen, calls it a small breakthrough that the EU wants to include maritime security in its aid programs for West Africa.

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Maritime security is on the way to becoming a key element in the EU's aid programs for West Africa. That is how the Chairman of the European shipowners' piracy committee, Jan Fritz Hansen, vice president of the Danish Shipowners' Association, describes the outcome of the meeting on Wednesday with top officials from the EU's External Action Service under Catherine Ashton and officials from the EU Commission, a meeting that included the participation of several international maritime organizations.

The EU's External Action Service took over the Presidency of the UN's contact group for Somalia at the beginning of this year, but the shipowners have been calling for a similarly significant EU strategy off the coast of West Africa as well, including a military presence, in light of growing piracy threat in the region.

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