According to identical news releases issued by Frontex and the Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA), Frontex, the CFCA, and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) have entered into an agreement “with a view to cooperate, in accordance with their respective mandates, in the field of maritime surveillance that will be mutually beneficial for the three agencies.”
The press release goes on to state:
“The Cooperation Agreement will allow for the exchange of information and of expertise as well as of for the exploration of joint use of assets as relevant, optimising the functioning of the European Union as a whole regarding Maritime Surveillance. The cooperation will result in an improvement of the control of external maritime borders of the EU (competence of Frontex), an increase in the maritime safety (competence of EMSA) and an enhancement of the coordination of fisheries control and inspection activities by the Member States (competence of CFCA).
“The main activities comprised in the agreement are the following:
• Exchange of information and data on matters of common interest
• Explore synergies in the use of the maritime surveillance and information systems
• Explore the possibilities of joint use of assets
• Investigate potential cooperation in the field of maritime surveillance directed to the protection of external maritime borders and fisheries control
• Expand mutual collaboration between the Agencies in areas such as coordination of inspections, research and development, training, etc.
- • EMSA: Pete Thomas, Senior Communication Officer
Peter.THOMAS@emsa.europa.eu, Tel. +351 21 1209 281
- • Frontex: Izabella Cooper, Spokesperson,
firstname.lastname@example.org , Tel. +48 22 544 95 35
- • CFCA: Patricia Sánchez Abeal, Communication Officer
email@example.com , Tel. +34 986 12 06 17”