Mediterranean Coast Guard Functions Forum (MCGFF) was established to enhance cooperation among Mediterranean Littoral States Coast Guard Agencies with the initiative of Italy and the first meeting was held in Genova/Italy in 2009. The following meetings of the forum were held in France (2012), Spain (2013), Portugal (2014), Italy (2016) Turkey (2017) and France (2018) respectively.
MCGFF is a non-binding, non-political and independent platform composed of 24 Mediterranean countries. The MCGFF, bringing together the representatives of competent organizations and institutions which engage in coast guard activities in the Mediterranean, primarily aims at developing potential partnerships and enhancing cooperation among member states to conduct activities in many fields ranging from maritime security and safety to environmental protection. The Forum also seeks common solutions to the challenges that the member states might face.
The 6th Plenary Meeting of MCGFF was held in Antalya/TURKEY, on the dates of 12th – 13th October 2017 with the theme of “Best Coast Guard Practices in Protection of Environment in the Mediterranean” and hosted by Turkish Coast Guard Command. Albania, Italy, France, Greece, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia participated in the Plenary Meeting as member states while Germany and Pakistan took part as observers on behalf of European Coast Guard Functions Forum (ECGFF) and Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) respectively.
The 7th Plenary Meeting of MCGFF was held in Marseille/France on the 28th of June, 2018 by the Secretariat General for the Sea (SGMer). The 8th Plenary Meeting of MCGFF was held in Casablanca/Morocco on the 12-13th of June, 2019 with the main theme ”Maritime Surveillance, Fishing, the Spread of Migration, the Intervention to Marine Pollution”.