Under Article 14 of Council Joint Action 2008/851/CFSP of 10 November 2008, the financial reference amount for the common costs of the EU military operation is EUR 8.3 million. The 26 Member States participating in the operation contribute in line with their gross national products. The costs connected with the deployment of the resources remain the responsibility of the Member States.
Operation Atalanta continues to contribute successfully to maritime security off the coast of Somalia by protecting World Food Programme chartered vessels delivering aid to Somalia, vessels supplying critical shipments to the African Union peace support operation in Somalia (AMISOM), and other vulnerable vessels, notably in the Gulf of Aden and in the Somali Basin. In this regard, in its conclusions of 17 November 2009 the Council welcomed the successful generation of maritime assets so far, in particular the recent increase in maritime patrol aircraft, and noted the need for continuing efforts. The Council also welcomed the growing participation of third states.
The Council considers that piracy will probably continue to constitute a serious threat. In June 2009 the Council therefore decided to extend Operation Atalanta for another year following the end of the current mandate, which runs until 12 December 2009.
The decision to put military personnel on board fishing vessels remains a national decision, on which it is not for the Council to express an opinion. The costs connected with such measures are national costs, which have not been communicated to the Council.