In the context of the  Greek Presidency of the EU Council, a seminar concerning Maritime Security and Surveillance was held on  20  and 21 March 2014  at the NATO Maritime Interdiction  Operational Training Centre facilities in Crete, under the auspices of the Ministry of National Defence and with the support of the Ministry of Mercantile Marine and the Aegean, organised by the Hellenic National Defence General Staff.

The seminar was attended by 150 participants – representatives of EU structures (European External Action Service, European Defence Agency, EU Council Working Groups), representatives from enterprises and EU Common Security and Defence Policy,  research programmes and bodies active in the field of Maritime Surveillance of the European Commission, eighteen (18) EU Member-States, the Ministry of Foreign Affairas, HNDGS, the Hellenic Navy General Staff and  the Hellenic Coast Guard.

The aim of the seminar was:
To present and discuss the main aspects of the EU Strategic Maritime Security currently being drafted and  its consequent implementation at strategic and operational level.
To present the capabilities existent in the field of maritime surveillance in the context of the EDA and the connection of maritime security and surveillance with  research programmes in the context of the European Commission , as well as with the industry