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EDA and Italy discuss defence cooperation

EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq (right) with the Italian Secretary General of Defence and National Armaments Director, Lt. Gen. Enzo Stefanini. Photo Italian Ministry of Defence.

 

Rome - 03 June, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

On 13 May, Jorge Domecq, EDA Chief Executive, met with Roberta Pinotti, the Italian Minister of Defence, to exchange views on the preparation of the European Council in June 2015 and Italy’s participation in EDA projects. 

 

“The visit to Rome allowed for numerous interesting and forward looking discussions. We touched upon Italy’s involvement in EDA’s key capability programmes on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and cyber defence as well as the update of the European security strategy. Another important topic was the Agency’s project on maritime surveillance (MARSUR). I also assured Minister Pinotti of the Agency’s willingness to provide operational support for a possible CSDP mission in the southern central Mediterranean”, Jorge Domecq said in Rome. 

The visit in Italy also allowed for meetings with other high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defence, the Chief of Defence, the President of the Defence Committee in the Italian Senate and the CEO of Finmeccanica. It is part of a series of visits by Mr. Domecq to all EDA Member States following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive. 

 

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Madame C-F Arnould (au milieu) avec les représentants de MARSUR - Photo Jürgen Vandaele

Madame C-F Arnould (au milieu) avec les représentants de MARSUR - Photo Jürgen Vandaele

 

04/11/2014 Hubert Rubbens – MIL.be

 

Du 27 au 31 octobre, la Composante Marine belge était présente à la 24ème édition du salon maritime Euronaval à Paris. Elle y était représentée par le Capitaine de corvette Jurgen Van Daele.

 

Parmi les stands, le chantier naval SOCARENAM présentait le modèle du nouveau patrouilleur belge Castor avec l'étendard de la Marine belge.

 

En marge du salon, Claude-France Arnould, directrice de l'European Defence Agency (EDA) tenait également le groupe de travail MARSUR (maritime surveillance). Ce réseau compte dix-sept pays de l'Union européenne qui s'échangent régulièrement des informations. Le projet de l'EDA a démarré il y deux ans et rend possible l'échange afin de créer une image globale du trafic maritime européenne.

 

MARSUR est un exemple marquant de l'efficacité du système de partage et de canalisation des capacités. Le réseau est maintenant prêt à être utilisé par les différentes marines européennes. Dans notre pays, le Carrefour d'informations maritimes (CIM) de Zeebruges emploiera également cet outil, pour les besoins nationaux.

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27 octobre 2014 1 27 /10 /octobre /2014 10:50
European maritime surveillance network reaches operational status

 

Paris - 27 October, 2014 European Defence Agency

 

Developed under the auspices of the European Defence Agency since 2006, the Maritime Surveillance (Marsur) project has now reached an operational level of maturity. A demonstration will be conducted during the Euronaval defence exhibition taking place 27-31 October in Le Bourget, north of Paris.

 

One of the longest-running projects undertaken by the European Defence Agency (EDA), Marsur is a technical solution that allows dialog between European maritime information systems. Containing 17 Member States plus Norway, the project aims to improve the common “recognised maritime picture” by facilitating exchange of operational maritime information and services such as ship positions, tracks, identification data, chat or images.
 

The Marsur network

The interface is installed in each participating Navy’s operational headquarters. A key characteristic of the Marsur network is that there is no central EU component that collects and distributes information. Each Member State is responsible for correlating its own data with the data received from other countries and for boosting the services within the community.

Reflecting on this important milestone, Claude-France Arnould, EDA Chief Executive, said: “Marsur is a great example of efficient Pooling & Sharing of existing capabilities. The project has now reached the point where it is ready to be used by European navies”.

Marsur is designed to become the potential “military layer” of the wider Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) project led by the European Commission. Marsur could work in conjunction with other “systems of systems” to ensure efficient interaction with other European maritime security stakeholders and also in support of CSDP missions.

During Euronaval, an event will be held on 28 October at 1430 (Paris time) to mark the beginning of Marsur’s operational phase and the symbolic handover of the system. The Marsur demonstration will be available throughout the show at the CSC booth (B46).

 

Background

The Marsur project was formally launched in September 2006 by 15 Member States. It was first tested in June 2011 when six countries successfully conducted an initial networking demonstration in Brussels. Seventeen Member States (as well as Norway) are now involved in the Marsur initiative: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Spain, Greece, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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16 juin 2014 1 16 /06 /juin /2014 11:55
source Signalis

source Signalis

 

12/06/2014 DGA

 

Conduite par le ministère de la défense, l’opération Spationav V2 fournit à la marine nationale et aux principales administrations impliquées dans l’action de l’Etat en mer un système de surveillance temps réel des approches maritimes en métropole et en zone Antilles – Guyane, leur permettant de bénéficier d’une image tactique de la situation maritime afin de préparer et conduire leurs actions respectives en matière de lutte contre les trafics illicites, contre l’immigration clandestine, contre le terrorisme provenant de la mer et en matière de sécurisation du trafic maritime et de prévention des pollutions. Composé de capteurs disposés le long des côtes, le système fournit depuis juillet 2013 la situation des abords maritimes en méditerranée et est en déploiement en 2014 en atlantique. Il équipera 80 sites à terre et des aéronefs. Il est disponible en version ouverte sur le réseau défense au profit des unités utilisatrices en mer ou à terre. Il est raccordé à des systèmes d’autres administrations et se connectera aux systèmes européens Marsur et Eurosur.

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24 mars 2014 1 24 /03 /mars /2014 18:55
Réseau sémaphorique

 

24 Mars 2014 Marine Nationale

 

Le réseau sémaphorique tient son origine de la volonté de mettre en place une surveillance maritime permanente le long du littoral afin de prévenir les incursions par la mer.

 

Voir notre diaporama consacré aux sémaphores

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7 mars 2014 5 07 /03 /mars /2014 16:50
European Commission Memo on the EU's Maritime Security Strategy

 

6/3/2014 EU source: European Commission Ref: EC14-061EN

 

Summary: 6 March 2014, Brussels - European Commission Memo on the EU's Maritime Security Strategy

 

Q: Why is the Commission and the High Representative proposing only elements for a strategy?

A: One of the objectives of this process is to ensure that the Member States are fully involved in the development of this strategy. A European Union maritime security strategy cannot be developed without the involvement of Member States since many operational activities are carried out by national authorities. The Commission and the High Representative are therefore looking forward to working closely with Member States in order to deliver a full-fledged strategy. We are confident that the strategy once adopted will represent the views and interests of all stakeholders.

 

Q: How have Member States been involved so far?

A: The Member States already have provided substantial input through events organised at EU level and through various written contributions. Additionally, the Commission and the European External Action Service organised a stakeholder consultation in June 2013, where Member States expressed their support to the general approach. The intention is that the Joint Communication will serve as a basis for further work on shaping the strategy together with the Member States in the EU Council under the leadership of the Hellenic Presidency.

 

Q: What would be the purpose of such a strategy?

A: The purpose of an EU Maritime Security Strategy would be to provide a common framework for relevant authorities at national and European levels to develop further their specific policies. The aim of such a strategy would be to protect EU's strategic maritime interests and identify options to do so. Such a framework would provide the context and ensure coherence amongst different sector specific maritime policies and strategies. Most importantly it would significantly strengthen the link between internal and external security aspects of the maritime policy of the EU and civil and military cooperation.

 

Q: What are the main aims?

A: The main aims of an EU Maritime Security Strategy should be: (1) to identify and articulate the main strategic maritime interests of the EU; (2) to identify and articulate the maritime threats, challenges and risks to the strategic maritime interests of the EU; and (3) to organise the response, i.e. provide the common policy objectives, common principles and areas of common support as the backbone of the joint strategic framework in order to create coherence for the diverse and wide array of sector specific maritime policies and strategies.

 

Q: Does the EU only have maritime interests or does it also have a maritime responsibility?

A: It is crucial to identify the strategic maritime interests of the European Union. The global maritime domain is of vital importance to the EU and it is multi-layered. It is a crucial domain for free commerce and trade. In addition, seas and oceans are interrelated eco-systems; it is a source of resources; open seas and coastal areas are zones for tourism etc. The EU is a global actor therefore it does not only have interests, it also has to take adequate responsibility. This global responsibility has to be transformed into concrete and specific actions and to promote the respect for international law, human rights and democracy, and rules-based good governance at sea.

 

Q: What does the term "cross-sectoral" mean?

A: The term 'cross-sectoral' refers to actions or cooperation between different marine or maritime functions. They are still largely organised in isolation of each other and often along national lines. Modern maritime risks and threats are multifaceted and can have implications for all of these sectors involving different policies and instruments. The responses therefore should be adequately integrated and cross-sectoral in their nature. It means finding a common maritime security interest among different functions and aspects concerned.

 

Q: What are the sectors addressed?

A: Some of the most evident sectors are maritime safety, maritime transport, marine environment protection, fisheries control, customs, border control, law enforcement, defence, research and development and others. A 'joined up' approach to maritime policy, making these sectors work better together, can make the security policy more coherent, effective and cost efficient.

 

Q: What is the added value of this strategy - what will change compared to the current situation?

A: The added value of a shared strategic framework is that it provides the necessary basis to ensure coherent actions and policy development. It also facilitates the coordination of all efforts and ensures that different policies are 'joined up'. The ambition is that the EU can become more resilient in addressing threats and risks in the maritime domain and as such it would be more capable at safeguarding its values, strategic maritime interests and promoting multilateral cooperation and maritime governance. In essence, the result of the strategy would be that maritime security activities would be much more coordinated than today.

Different policy frameworks have resulted in the European Security Strategy (ESS - 2003) and the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP - 2007), which have been developing separately. Also sector specific legislation is already in place like the maritime transport security legislation - Regulation (EC) No 725/2004 on enhancing ship and port facility security and Directive 2005/65/EC on enhancing port security, the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) improving the situational awareness and reaction capability of Member States and of the EU Border Agency Frontex at the external borders - Regulation (EU) No 1052/2013), SafeSeaNet, a Union maritime traffic monitoring and information system for EU waters, managed by EU Maritime Transport agency EMSA, or the 3rd Maritime Safety Package.

 

Q: How will the actions, identified in this strategy, be put in practice?

This depends to a large extent on the opinion of the Member States since many of them would fall under their competence, but already existing examples with joint deployment plans and enhanced information exchange systems can eventually lead to the use of common platforms for surveillance operations. This aspect will however need to be discussed in detail with Member States.

 

Q: Will such a strategy promote deployment of more naval missions similar to EUNAVFOR Operation ATALANTA?

A: The use of all possible tools and instruments should be considered when addressing a maritime insecurity situation. Each case requires a full evaluation of the situation in order to identify the best action. In the case of the piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia, which gravely endanger shipping routes in the Gulf of Aden, the deployment of international naval forces was deemed necessary as local capacities to ensure maritime security were not available.

 

Q: Why is such an initiative taken now?

A: Already on 26 April 2010 the Council invited the High Representative, together with the Commission and Member States 'to undertake work with a view to preparing options for the possible elaboration of a Security Strategy for the global maritime domain'. More recently in December, 2013, the European Council called for "an EU Maritime Security Strategy by June 2014, on the basis of a Joint Communication from the Commission and the High Representative, taking into account the opinions of the Member States". This is the direct response to these requests.

 

Q: What are the next steps?

A: Based on the elements proposed be the Joint Communication from the Commission and the High Representative, an EU Maritime Security Strategy should be elaborated within the appropriate EU Council bodies and be adopted not later than in June 2014.

European Commission Memo on the EU's Maritime Security Strategy

Note RP Defense : on EDA website : Further step taken in the MARSUR network development

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Naval Challenges in the Arctic
Brussels | Sep 26, 2013
 

The European Defence Agency, together with the Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union today hosted a conference on the "Naval Challenges in the Arctic Region" highlighting the conclusions of a long term analysis conducted by the Wise Pen Team International.

 

Pilvi-Sisko Vierros-Villeneuve, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Finland to the European Union, opened the event by underlining the growing importance of the region due to changing circumstances. In her speech, she highlighted that diminishing ice would lead to more activity in the Artic. New resources and logistic opportunities were of interest; a European Union Maritime Security Strategy, currently in preparation, would be a key opportunity to address the EU’s support to the Arctic area.

 

Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, recalled the growing importance of the Arctic for European security and economic interests, at the same time requiring  close attention to be paid to environmental protection. “The opening of the Sea Lines of Communication, the North West and North East passages for example, have required the naval community to focus more on navigational safety, the need for maritime surveillance and maritime security in the Arctic region. One of EDA’s key tasks is to anticipate capability requirements and cooperation opportunities on this basis in the Arctic area, where a truly comprehensive approach will be required.”

 

Vice Admirals Fernando Del Pozo, Anthony Dymock, Lutz Feldt, Patrick Herbrard and Ferdinando Sanfelice di Monteforte of Wise Pen International presented their study on naval challenges in the Arctic region which concentrated on current strategies and practices; resources, challenges and capability needs; the EU and the Arctic, and gave some conclusions and recommendations. They argued that potential risks to maritime security could only be addressed collectively and internationally; they see the EU as being well placed in playing a key role. However, the group members also highlighted that raising the scientific knowledge baseline and generating a shared vision of how to harness the riches while preserving the environment was a prerequisite. Experts on the Arctic from Finland, Dr Juha-Matti Flinkman, and Sweden, Niklas Granholm, highlighted the need to develop cooperation in the Arctic area in a close cooperation between governmental authorities and scientific research, acknowledging the specific requirements of the delicate and evolving Arctic environment. 

 

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2 septembre 2013 1 02 /09 /septembre /2013 11:45
La délégation de la République du Congo visite le COFGC

La délégation de la République du Congo visite le COFGC

30/08/2013 Marine nationale

 

Le 27 août 2013, le ministre délégué à la marine marchande de la République du Congo, M. Coussoud Mavougoud, accompagné du chef d'état-major de la marine, l'amiral Bouagnabea Moudanza, a visité le centre opérationnel de la fonction garde-côtes (CoFGC) situé au sein de l'état-major de la Marine à Paris.

 

En effet, le Congo qui est en train de développer ses moyens maritimes (patrouilleurs, radars de surveillance terre/mer) n’est pas encore doté d’une organisation de l'Action de l'État en Mer et souhaite s’inspirer du modèle français. Suite au sommet de Yaoundé des 24 et 25 juin derniers, le président congolais, M. Sassou Nguesso a demandé à son ministre de la défense et à son ministre délégué à la marine marchande de relancer les travaux sur la mise en place de l'organisation de l'AEM au Congo.

 

Cette visite a permis de mettre en lumière l'originalité de l'organisation française et notamment la diversité des acteurs et leurs rôles respectifs.

 

Le Centre opérationnel de la fonction garde-côtes (CoFGC)  assure la synthèse des informations recueillies par les systèmes de surveillance maritime existants (SPATIONAV, LRIT) ou en cours de développement (EUROSUR, MARSUR, Blue Mass Med, projet Baltic…) ou par les bases de renseignement (TETRIS). Il fédère l’information maritime, en provenance des agences européennes ou des autres centres gardes côtes nationaux.

 

Ce centre de situation maritime n’est pas un centre opérationnel. Les centres opérationnels sont régionaux (zone maritime) et placés auprès des autorités maritimes (préfets maritimes, DDG pour l’AEM outre-mer). En revanche, le CoFGC est en mesure de tenirune situation maritime optimisée de façon permanente au profit des administrations intervenant en mer et des autorités de l’État.

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