The EU has updated its Maritime Security Strategy to respond to evolving challenges, relying on the navies of member states for physical presence and regulatory power, and emphasizing cross-sectoral cooperation and sustainable solutions.
The EU has published an updated Maritime Security Strategy in response to evolving maritime security challenges. While the EU does not have its own standing naval force, it relies on the navies of its member states for physical presence and technical expertise, and regulatory power to uphold the rule of law at sea. Despite concerns that Europe’s interest in Asia may wane due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the opposite has occurred, with China’s support of Moscow leading to greater consensus across Europe on East Asia’s security concerns. European naval deployments to the Indo-Pacific have increased since 2021, with France, Germany, and the Netherlands deploying their ships. The EU’s approach to maritime security remains guided by cross-sectoral cooperation, maritime multilateralism, and promoting sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.