European External Action Service

11/08/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/08/2023 05:19

Maritime Security, the EU participates in the 7th Symposium of Chiefs of Staff of the Navies of the Gulf of Guinea in Lomé, Togo

On October 18th in Lomé, Togo, the 7th Symposium of Chiefs of Staff of the Navies of the Gulf of Guinea, co-organized by the Togolese Navy in partnership with the French Navy and with the support of the EU, brought together all actors of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, including members of the Yaoundé Architecture centres, ECOWAS, Togolese authorities and some EU Member States.

This 7th edition, the theme focused on the blue economy was: «States and partners of the Gulf of Guinea, protect our maritime spaces for the development of the blue economy», and also allowed participants to discuss the evaluation and perspectives of the Yaoundé Architecture on its 10th anniversary.

The EU was represented by Admiral Jürgen Ehle, Senior military advisor to the EEAS Managing Director for Peace, Security and Defence who gave a lecture on 'International Naval Deployments in the Gulf of Guinea: What Partnership Model?' which served to highlight the EU engagement in the region, notably through the implementation of the EU Coordinated Maritime Presences (CMP) concept.

The CMP concept started its implementation in the Gulf of Guinea in January 2021 in support of the existing maritime security 'Yaoundé Architecture' in close cooperation with Coastal States. Its aim is to boost the collective engagement by enhancing coordination of the existing Member States assets present in the region to increase the EU's capacity to act as a reliable partner and maritime security provider. CMP has proven to be a useful instrument contributing to the maritime security in the region ensuring a continued and coordinated EU presence.