European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia - Operation ATALANTA
A Common Security and Defence Policy agency, also called Operation Atalanta
In late 2020, Operation ATALANTA was extended towards December 2022 and the mandate adjusted to reflect its new responsibilities. EU Member States decided that the Operation should maintain its core mission to protect vessels of the World Food Programme (WFP) and other vulnerable shipping and deter, prevent and repress piracy and armed robbery at sea. As a secondary task, Operation ATALANTA monitors fishing activities off the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean and contributes to the monitoring of weapons and drug trafficking, illicit charcoal trade and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.