Commission Question – Maritime regional capacity in the Horn of Africa

Question for written answer E-008850/2015

to the Commission

Rule 130

Jonathan Arnott (EFDD) and Julia Reid (EFDD)

Subject: Maritime regional capacity in the Horn of Africa

The Draft Budget for 2016 mentions a project concerning Maritime Regional Capacity in the Horn of Africa (EUCAP Nestor). What key elements are involved in this project?

1. Will it involve security and defence support by EU Member States?

2. What evaluation has been made to safeguard the coastal population’s economic interests and livelihoods?

3. Please provide a full cost analysis of this particular project, and supply information relating to the key economic benefits relating to the Horn of Africa.

EN

E-008850/2015

Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini

on behalf of the Commission

(8.9.2015) 

EUCAP Nestor is a civilian CSDP mission, launched in July 2012 with the current mandate expiring on 12 December 2016. The mission aims at strengthening the maritime security capacity of states in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean to reinforce their ability to fight piracy through advising, mentoring and training.

EUCAP Nestor is part of the EU comprehensive approach to the Horn of Africa in general and to the fight against piracy in particular. The mission complements the other CSDP missions in the region, EUTM Somalia and EUNAVFOR Atalanta.

The primary focus of the mission is on Somalia, but it also supports capacity building in Djibouti, the Seychelles and Tanzania, even though an interim strategic review, carried out during spring 2015, proposed the mission to only focus on Somalia. Therefore, EUCAP Nestor will soon phase out activities in Tanzania, Djibouti and Seychelles.

EUCAP Nestor contributes to the economic development of the coastal populations in the Horn of Africa by strengthening their capacity for maritime governance so that they can take control of their territorial waters and exclusive economic zone as well as take ownership of the fight against piracy.

The current annual budget of the Mission is EUR 17.9 M.

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