The maritime security is an integral part of the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) of the European Union. It took the launch of the Atalanta operation in December 2008 for the PSDC instrument to explicitly endorse an anti-piracy mission in the Horn of Africa. Considering the success of this operation and the importance of shipping lanes for the European economy, it was expected that the EU build a European Strategy of Maritime Security, due to be adopted in June 2014. The strategy will have to take into account the full set of maritime security stakes affecting the European interests, thus allowing a consensus to emerge on this issue. Elaborating this strategy will not be easy in view of the significant number of actors involved.
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