Specifically, Frontex is closely partnering with EMSA and European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) in support of Member States, by information sharing, surveillance and communication services, capacity building activities as well as risk analysis and information exchange on threats in the maritime domain.

Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri stated

The close relationship between EMSA and Frontex, along with EFCA, is the foundation of the European coast guard functions.

In the meantime, EMSA Executive Director, Ms Markovčić Kostelac noted that they provide the national authorities with real-time data of what is happening at sea.

The collaboration with Frontex and EFCA will bring the highest levels of maritime awareness in crucial moments that quick action is needed.

Mainly, each European agency supports the European cooperation when it comes to coast guard functions with different objectives and responsibilities.

Frontex aims at improving the management of the external borders in order to ensure a high level of internal security in the EU and to tackle cross-border crime. EMSA focuses on enhancing maritime safety, security and prevention of and response to pollution caused by ships and oil and gas installations.

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Credit: EMSA