With a heavy reliance on maritime trade, maritime security has become an increasing priority for the European Union (EU).
The 2014 EU Maritime Security Strategy gave new impetus for programmes focused on this issue. Setting out the strategic interests of the EU and member states in the global maritime domain, it outlines the need to identify and address maritime security challenges. It also engages with the need for a comprehensive and cross-sectoral European wide approach.
Established initially in 2007, the Instrument for Stability (IfS) was rebranded in 2014 to the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP). Part of the EU’s new generation of instruments for financing external action, the IcSP focuses on crisis response, crisis preparedness, conflict prevention and peace-building.
Activities linked to global and trans-regional threats and emerging threats (article 5) are managed by DG International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO); CMR programme and EU CRIMARIO are part of them. The IcSP will play its part, in line with the EU’s political commitment to pursue conflict prevention and build peace as one of the main objectives of EU external relations.
Expertise France is the leading public agency of French international technical assistance. It focuses on four key challenges:
- promote democratic, financial and economic governance;
- work towards a return to stability and respond to threats;
- meet the challenges of sustainable development and climate change;
- contribute to harmonious human development.
Within those areas, Expertise France provides engineering and implements projects of capacity building and technical expertise mobilisation as well as a function of building projects assembling public expertise and private know-how. It manages a portfolio of more than 400 projects in 80 countries, including several projects of the Critical maritime routes programme (EU CRIMARIO, GoGIN and formerly CRIMGO and MARSIC).
The EU CRIMARIO project is implemented by Expertise France, in partnership with eight European partners involved in the maritime sector.