Commissioner Damanaki will address the audience on maritime security. This issue is complex as threats at sea have become increasingly cross-sectorial and are thus not any more of relevance 'solely' for particular sectorial authorities but are relevant to many actors simultaneously, both at land and at sea. The challenges require a combination of different actions, civil and military, addressed in a co-ordinated manner.
On 6 March 2014, the European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy a Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council "For an open and secure global maritime domain: elements for a European Union maritime security strategy". This joint communication presents a vision of the Union's maritime security interests and threats, and proposes the areas in which cooperation between various maritime players can be enhanced beyond what is already good practice today.