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Coast Guard Function Pilot Project

On July 2016, as Article 2b of the EMSA Regulation reads, the Council and European Parliament agreed that the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in cooperation with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) and the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), shall support national authorities carrying out coastguard functions at a national and Union level, by providing surveillance and communication services based on state-of-the-art technology, including space-based, aerial and ground infrastructures. 

Also in 2016, the European Parliament initiated the European Coastguard Pilot Project, which focuses on creating operational and technical synergies between different coastguard functions at EU level. EFCA, EMSA and FRONTEX are the three Union bodies which have the required technical competences and administrative powers to reach the objectives of this pilot project to strengthen and support coherent, efficient and cost-effective action. By developing a cross-sectoral cooperation and coordination, the three agencies are able to provide effective multipurpose services to national authorities carrying out coastguard functions.


Related Workshops

The objective of the RPAS Demonstration was to show that Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) can support operational maritime surveillance. To do so, different concept of operations for multipurpose state-of-the-art RPAS missions were tested in the form of a coastguard multipurpose operation in order to show EU Member States representatives and other EU authorities an effective support to the tasks of the three EU Agencies EFCA; FRONTEX and EMSA.
Huelva, Spain