EU provides EUR 37 million to fight piracy
The EU will provide about EUR 37 million to strengthen the fight against piracy in several Eastern and Southern African countries. The support will come from the programme to promote regional maritime security (MASE). In the past decade, the level of maritime insecurity in the region’s waters became the highest in the world, undermining development and affecting the wellbeing of millions of people. The EU has been present in the region since 2008 to address the deteriorating situation and to reinforce ships against attack. Thanks to these efforts, piracy decreased from 299 attacks in 2011 to 111 in 2012 (a reduction of over 62%), while the number of hijackings dropped from 25 to 12. So far, attacks remain at this low level in 2013, but the situation could easily worsen.