The European Union Council has extended the EUs counter-piracy Operation Atalanta by two more years, until 12 December 2016

The Operations main focus is the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) vessels delivering humanitarian aid to Somalia; and the deterrence, repression and disruption of piracy off the Somali coast. In addition, Operation Atalanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activities off the coast of Somalia. EU counter-piracy Operation Atalanta extended to end of 2016