The Evolution of EU Counter-Piracy Policy


  • Ondřej Filipec Palacky University in Olomouc


EU, Piracy, Somalia, Counter-piracy, anti-piracy, policy, maritime security


This article presents two decades in the development of EU Counter-piracy policy. The development and its dynamics is explored through multiple streams approach as introduced by John W. Kingdon (1995) and adapted for application on the EU counter-terrorism policy by the Raphael Bossong (2013). For the purposes of analysis the article deals with the securitization of the piracy within the EU context (first stream), continues with policy development at the EU level (second stream) and adds complexity to the issue by analyzing the stream of politics (third stream). The main aim of this article is to present different dynamics in the development of EU counter-piracy policy which developed from fragmented preventive approach to very complex pro-active approach with the turning point in 2008. The article claims, that full securitization of piracy penetrated national politics within key EU member states and enabled policy changes on the EU level.


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Filipec, O. (2017). The Evolution of EU Counter-Piracy Policy. European Journal of Transformation Studies, 5(1), 20–39. Retrieved from



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