United Kingdom Chairmanship 2015/2016


Dear Heads of the Coast Guard Functions of  Europe, Representatives of the European Commission and its Agencies, Colleagues and friends

I would like to express my warmest thanks to Lieutenant General Jaako Kaukanen, the Finnish Border Guard and staff for the outstanding work accomplished during the Finnish Chairmanship in 2015.


They can be very proud of what has been achieved during their chairmanship. It is a great honour for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to follow and we consider it of the utmost importance that we continue to collaborate, co-operate and co-ordinate together.


The ECGFF had a successful 2015 due to the help, dedication and hard work of the secretariat and working groups. The ECGFA NET Project and Sectorial Qualifications Framework have attained considerable success during the year and will continue to progress with the ongoing objectives of that activity.


We will work hard to achieve the common goals set for the year 2016; to raise the profile of the European Coast Guard Functions Forum and to continue to maintain high standards of maritime security and safety. We will reinforce the role of the ECGFF and act as the key representative of Coast Guard functions in the European Union. We will also seek to enhance further co-operation between organizations and continue to drive forward our common themes.


Our priorities for the year will focus on the ECGFF’s long term horizon. We are developing a Work Plan for future activities which will include the creation of an ECGFF Operations Manual and the provision of a training event/workshop related to Coast Guard Functions.


The European Coast Guard Functions Forum (ECGFF) is now six years old and has reached a prominent position among international and European forums. Recognition for this achievement must be shared amongst all ECGFF countries, authorities, and, especially, former presidency organizations.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your support and input to achieve our objectives for 2016, including those who attended the first UK secretariat meeting in January this year. Your input was very valuable. I look forward to working with you all throughout the year and welcoming you to London for our Plenary Conference over the period 20th - 22nd September 2016.



Richard Parkes

Director of Maritime Operations

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

United Kingdom

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