Presentation on theme: "Ensuring freedom of navigation : an absolute necessity. Dimitrios Theologitis Head of Unit G2 European Commission DG Transport and Energy TREN.G.2 ARF."— Presentation transcript:
Ensuring freedom of navigation : an absolute necessity. Dimitrios Theologitis Head of Unit G2 European Commission DG Transport and Energy TREN.G.2 ARF seminar on maritime security - Brussels 19 November 2009 EUROPEAN COMMISSION
| 2 EU Maritime Security Policy. freedom of maritime transport. to load, to transport, to unload. UNCLOS, our common ground » international waters » areas of transit freedom of navigation
| 3 EU Maritime Security Policy The interest for Europe Some 25% of the world commercial fleet under flags of EU Member States About 40% of the world commercial fleet controled by EU interests Trade with Europe as a destination But also cross-trade
| 4 EU Maritime Security Policy freedom of navigation Any unjustified limitation to the freedom of navigation is not tolerable. This is true not only in Europe but also worldwide. The liberty to maintain commercial exchanges is crucial
| 5 EU Maritime Security Policy freedom of navigation Several types of instruments and tools at stake: Civilian Military International European
| 6 EU Maritime Security Policy freedom of navigation.Confidence building : With neighbouring countries But also with other countries ( major commercial partners at least).
| 7 EU Maritime Security Policy Civil or military reasons and tools for ensuring freedom of navigation (EU example). Regulation 725 /2004 on enhancing ship and port facility security. Directive 2005/65 on enhancing port security. Directive 2002/59 on VTMIS » SafeSeaNet » AIS, LRIT » MSS (Maritime Support Service 24/7) » Progressive integration of coastal radar images
| 8 EU Maritime Security Policy ensuring freedom of navigation. The result of a well-understood collective commitment among : » Ports and port facilities » Shipowners and ship operators » National administrations.
| 9 EU Maritime Security Policy Ensuring freedom of navigation. A strong national administration supported / stimulated by a supranational level = EU Level » level playing field » equal acces to services » solidarity (e.g. LRIT)
| 10 EU Maritime Security Policy Ensuring freedom of navigation Deriving from our experience freedom of navigation is not given but is an achievement: » the culmination of different types of efforts at various levels » but the oceans do not belong to one single entity, therefore confidence between partners is key
| 11 EU Maritime Security Policy Thank you for your attention