Seychelles and EU second Technical Committee meeting on maritime security
EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta is a counter-piracy operation at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean, conducted by the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR). Its purpose is to coordinate counter-piracy cooperation in Somali coastal territories and internal waters in collaboration with Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and regional states.
Seychelles appreciates the European Union's contribution to the fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia through EUNAVFOR's Operation Atalanta. Considering the transnational character of maritime crimes, Seychelles also welcomes the developments related to extending EUNAVFOR's mandate to address other illicit activities such as drugs, arms, and human trafficking.
Following an initial meeting with the European Union earlier this year to discuss the draft agreement, the Cabinet mandated the setting up of a Joint Technical Committee comprising of relevant stakeholders from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Judiciary, Attorney General's office, Seychelles People Defense Forces, the Police, Seychelles Prison service, and Seychelles Intelligence Service.
The principal function of the Technical Committee is to review the proposed addendum to the EUNAVFOR Operation ATALANTA Agreement.
A second meeting was held between EUNAVFOR and the Technical Working Group on Thursday 9th December to discuss the proposed agreement between Seychelles and EUNAVFOR. The meeting was chaired on the Seychelles side by Minister Errol Fonseka, and Ambassador Vincent Degert on the European Union's side. The Regional Affairs Division of the Foreign Affairs Department is coordinating the project.