The European Union (EU) has said that its regional programmes in the Gulf of Guinea worth more than 155 million euros are supporting the implementation of important ECOWAS strategies in maritime, fisheries and illegal drug trafficking.
Mr Kurt Cornelis, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS said this at the opening of a two-day maritime stakeholders information and coordination meeting on maritime security in Abuja on Monday.
Cornelis, however, said that increased security efforts did not deter piracy, armed robbery at sea, illegal fishing, smuggling and trafficking as these still posed major threats to maritime security.
The head of cooperation said that such threats made the region the most dangerous in the world for piracy and armed robbery at sea in 2018.
The EU is committed to support regional efforts towards improving maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and development of local capacities of ECOWAS member states. To this end, EU regional programmes in the Gulf of Guinea dedicated to security are currently worth more than 155 million euros.