EFCA, in collaboration with the EMSA and Frontex, has unveiled the first Coast Guard Capacity Building and Training Exchange Programme

EFCA, in collaboration with the EMSA and Frontex, has unveiled the first Coast Guard Capacity Building and Training Exchange Programme

In a move aimed at bolstering maritime security and cooperation across Europe, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), in collaboration with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), has unveiled the first Coast Guard Capacity Building and Training Exchange Programme.

This groundbreaking initiative, backed by funding from the European Commission, seeks to enhance the development of an academy and training network while implementing an exchange programme between administrations from different countries.

The programme facilitates the exchange of theoretical knowledge and practical expertise, serving as a platform for sharing best practices among coast guard authorities. By fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing, the project aims to prepare staff for joint missions and operations, benefiting EU Member States, European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, and Schengen associated countries’ coast guard entities.

“The launch of the Coast Guard Capacity Building and Training Exchange Programme marks the beginning of a journey toward enhanced collaboration, learning, and empowerment in coast guard functions across Europe,” stated Susan Steele, Executive Director of EFCA. “This programme is designed to be inclusive, promoting cross-sectorial collaboration, strengthening common understanding, and encouraging inter-agency cooperation.”

The inaugural exchange under the programme recently took place in Sarzana, Italy, where participants from the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Portuguese Maritime Life Saving Institute joined the Italian Coast Guard’s Rescue Swimmer Course. The week-long exchange featured a blend of theoretical and practical lessons aimed at enhancing participants’ skills and expertise in coast guard functions.

A total of 86 candidates were selected for exchanges, with an additional 34 candidates placed on reserve lists. The upcoming exchanges for this semester will involve authorities from Croatia, Finland, France, Italy, Romania, Portugal, Poland, and Spain.

The Coast Guard Capacity Building and Training Exchange Programme aligns with the EU Maritime Security Strategy and Action Plan, which seeks to strengthen Europe’s autonomy amid growing threats to maritime security. By fostering international cooperation and knowledge sharing, the programme aims to enhance Europe’s capacity to address maritime challenges effectively.

For more information about the programme and its outcomes, interested parties can visit the Coast Guard Portal on the European Cooperation on Coast Guard Functions website.

 

Source: Press Release

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