Last week, the European Commission adopted a Communication on Defence strategy which ensures that Europe has the full range of security capabilities, operated in a cost-efficient way. This is fully in line with the Maritime Security Strategy that we jointly intend to propose in a few months with Vice-President and High Representative Catherine Ashton. We are ready to bring a security angle to our Integrated Maritime Policy and reversely to give a maritime dimension to our Common Security and Defence Policy.
The EU depends on open, safe and secure seas and oceans. We have strategic maritime interests around the globe and we need to be able to safeguard adequately and efficiently these interests. How? By strengthening our capabilities, sufficiently responding to maritime risks and threats as well as enhancing cooperation with our international partners. Our aim is to reach a new level of cooperation and better maritime governance.
The EU Maritime Security Strategy to be proposed endorses a cross-sector approach to maritime security, seeking to establish opportunities and cooperation between civil society, private, public, including military sectors. Therewith, it will contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as set out in the Blue Growth and EU 2020 strategies.