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EU Aims To Eradicate Piracy Off Somalia From 2014

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

01 January 2014


The European Union has set out plans to tackle piracy at sea ahead of its chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) from January 1, 2014, taking over the reins from the United States.

The EU said that although the number of hostages has fallen from 700 in 2011 to around 50, it is strongly committed to bringing this figure to zero; zero ships and zero seafarers.

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said: "Pirate attacks over the past year have dropped by 95 percent but the fight against piracy is not yet won. It is vital that the international community continues to work together to stamp out piracy and consolidate the gains we have already made."

The (CGPCS) was established on January 14, 2009, pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1851 (2008) to facilitate the coordination of actions among more than 60 states and organisations to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia.

Since its creation, the CGPC has contributed to a marked reduction in the number of pirate attacks and hijackings, through increased coordination and information sharing among states, the private sector (shipping industry, insurance companies etc.) and non-governmental organizations.

The European Union's efforts in the coming year will center around supporting Somalia's new Government. Significant funding to combat piracy at sea, and tackle socio-economic problems in Somalia, have been deployed.

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