Interagency workshops

Key objectives

  • Provide the foundation for future enhanced inter-agency cooperation in the maritime domain by gathering the respective agencies in a single workshop.
  • Demonstrate the benefit of multi-agency working to define common goals that can lead to harmonization and updating of processes, which in turn can benefit the overall maritime strategy.

A maritime strategy built in common

In the maritime domain, two types of activities coexist: licit activities (trade, fishing, oil and gas exploitation for example), and illegal activities (pollutant release, arms and drug trafficking, trafficking of human beings for example). The latter attract the interest of various administrations and law enforcement agencies within a country.

Safety of navigation, maritime security, port security should all be considered together in the wider maritime strategy for a country for the protection of seafarers, the economic interest of the state, and the protection of the infrastructure of littoral states and the Blue Economy.

Information available to various authorities/departments involved in the maritime domain directly or indirectly, could be made available to relevant parties in order to harmonise the resources available and optimize the response capacities.

The need for inter-agency collaboration

Potential benefits of multi-agency work are vast, both in terms of improved services available to an agency and working practices, but not least in terms of shared cost potential.

However, multi-agency working can be difficult. It involves working across agency boundaries, with often conflicting aims, values and cultures, and funding that is tied to a particular function.

For a successful collaboration, roles and responsibilities of individuals and agencies must be defined and maintained. It requires that all partners be committed to collaboration at both strategic and operational levels.

National workshops fitted to demand

EU CRIMARIO is focussed primarily on a regional approach, but first understanding national needs and specific variances is crucial. For this reason, EU CRIMARIO will first conduct a series of national workshops based on individual countries requirements to further discuss and recognise the needs of each country.

We propose as a first step to gather respective decision making candidates from the relevant agencies to participate in a 2-day interactive workshop, which will demonstrate the benefits and introduce some international best practices for inter-agency cooperation, in support of maritime safety and security, and with particular focus on maritime situational awareness.

We recognise that each country is different in its national structure, and cooperation, so it is important to ensure that the workshop is formulated specifically based on the existing level of cooperation in the country, and meets the needs and expectation of the country as far as is practicable.

Following the initial set of national workshops, EU CRIMARIO will propose to hold 2 regional seminars/workshops, the first in late 2017, and the second late 2018, gathering decision makers from the countries of the Region. The objective will be to consolidate the national workshop outputs to promote regional cooperation for maritime safety & security with a focus on maritime situational awareness.

Duration of workshop: 2 days