Coast guard cooperation is a crucial matter in order to find and implement joint solutions to cope with common challenges. This assumption implies the necessity to maintain and guarantee stable common platforms where the organizations with coast guard functions of the Med Countries can share knowledge, experiences, raise needs and promote projects, such as the Mediterranean Coast Guard Functions Forum. Key sectors for coast guard cooperation are:
data integration and information sharing, through communication and IT tools such as VTS, AIS, SafeSeaNet, CISE, in order to achieve an integrated multipurpose maritime surveillance;
training cooperation through network of training centres and exchange of personnel among the med countries;
joint exercises among the Med Countries to develop and test multipurpose operations and joint contingency plans to enhance maritime safety, surveillance and marine environment protection using effective communication and exchanging best practice experiences;
exchange of know how about ship project and construction, implementing the usage of new technologies.
Patrick Augier – Deputy Secretary General for the Sea, France
Youssef Ben Romdhane – Director General, Ministry of transport, Tunisia