Lords EU Committee to hold follow-up inquiry into Somali piracy

13 June 2012

The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on External Affairs will hold a follow-up inquiry on Somali piracy which will open tomorrow with evidence from witnesses including Nick Harvey MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces and Captain David Reindorp of the Royal Navy.

The Committee published Combating Somali Piracy: the EU's Naval Operation Atalanta in April 2010. The report called for both a more robust approach to be taken to prosecution and punishment of pirates as well as more effort to tackle the root causes of extreme poverty in Somalia in order to change the perceived risk/reward ratio for potential pirates.

In their follow-up inquiry the Committee will consider what progress has been made by Operation Atalanta and whether the threat of Somali piracy is being reduced. 

The Committee will hold their first evidence sessions in the inquiry on Thursday 14 June in Committee Room 2A of the House of Lords. The full details of the sessions are:

• 9:00am  

The Hon Jean-Paul Adam, Minister for   Foreign Affairs, Republic of Seychelles.

• 9:30am   

Adjoe Anyimadu, Head Analyst on Somalia, Chatham House.
Knox Chitiyo, Associate Fellow, Chatham House.
Lee Willett, Head of Maritime Studies, Royal United Services Institute.

• 10:45am 

Nick Harvey MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces.
Captain David Reindorp, Royal Navy. 

The Committee will quiz Nick Harvey and Captain Reindorp on the UK’s contribution to Operation Atalanta and that of other EU Member States and also on how successful changes such as stationing armed guards on board commercial vessels has been. 

The representatives of Chatham House and RUSI will be asked about the situation in Somalia and whether progress has been made in prosecuting captured pirates. Jean-Paul Adam will be asked about the efforts by the Government of the Seychelles to capture and prosecute pirates.