Final phase of ECGFA NET project has begun

24Jul2018

Final phase of ECGFA NET project has begun

The project aimed at developing training cooperation between European coast guard functions organisations has reached its final phase. The ECGFA NET III project (European Coast Guard Academy Network project III) was launched in June 2018. It is led by the Finnish Border Guard.

In the project’s third phase, the work initiated to develop training cooperation and harmonisation of education will reach completion. The central goal of the project is to finalise a common framework of competencies and qualifications for training in coast guard functions in Europe.

Finalising the sectoral qualifications framework

The framework will specify the shared special characteristics and minimum competency goals for European coast guard functions. This framework will enable comparisons to be made of qualifications completed in different countries and will enable quality assurance for training throughout Europe.

You can find out more about the purpose of the framework and the process for its development by watching this video, made by the Italian Coast Guard who leads the work to develop the framework.

Running the Exchange Programme

Development of training cooperation is being continued also at the practical level. The Exchange Programme was piloted in the last phase of the project. You can find out more about the exchange program’s pilot stage by watching this video, made by the Finnish Border Guard.

The Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Agency will plan and execute the 2nd phase of the Exchange Programme. One branch of the exchange will be the same as in the pilot phase: a-week-long course on certain topic or on-the-job-training. A new development will be a coast guard functions course, planned to be held in spring 2019.

The primary funder of the ECGFA NET III project is the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The total budget for the project is EUR 625,000, of which 80% is covered by EU funding. The project ends in August 2019. The project is led by the Finnish Border Guard.

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