On 18 January, the Abruzzo Region – in collaboration with Marche Region – organised a workshop on maritime surveillance in the framework of the PANORAMED activities in Italy.

This event, which took place in L’Aquila, was the first held in Italy on this strategic theme. It was a good opportunity for discussion and technical analysis of the actions to implement at local, regional, national and cross-border level to improve maritime surveillance in the Mediterranean region. Over a hundred people from several Italian regions participated.

The workshop kicked off with a keynote speech by the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, who spoke about the importance of maritime surveillance for the EU. In addition, the highest rank of the Guardia di Finanza (GdF), Commandant General Giorgio Toschi, explained the new role of the GdF in maritime surveillance in light of the 2017 Italian regulation.

In the first session, the Representative of the Committee of the Regions and President of the Adriatic-Ionian Euroregion, Nikola Dobroslavic, gave a speech on the role of local authorities in the maritime surveillance, while the Chief of Third Division Operations of the GdF, Giuseppe Arbore, spoke about the GdF activities as a Marine Policing Unit.

The second session was dedicated to the impact of governance on maritime surveillance in European cohesion policy. Gianni Riccobono and Harry de Focauld, from Telespazio, talked about the use of satellite solution and services for governance system. João Fonseca Ribeiro, as Maritime Surveillance Expert for the PANORAMED Thematic Working Group, also shared his views on this topic.

The workshop concluded with interventions by Stefania Leoni as Interreg MED National Contact Point and Natalino Barbizzi as PANORAMED Country Coordinator for Italy.