From March 31st until April 4th 2014 the North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum (NACGF) took place in Canada. Delegates of all member states have participated in various specialized working groups.
The NACGF was founded in 2007 and is a non– binding, voluntary forum between the coast guard organisations of 20 countries. The main goal is to promote and facilitate cooperation and to exchange information on best practices and experiences.The Coast Guard Secretariat is the national point of contact for all
matters regarding the NACGF. Each year one of the member states organizes an 'expert meeting' in the spring. In the fall there is always a meeting of all heads of delegation.
For Belgium, the nautical head of the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre (MRCC - Shipping Assistance Division) took part in the expert meeting, together
with several federal coast guard partners of FPS Public Health, the Waterway and River Police, the ministry of Defence and Customs. They focused on topics such as environmental response, drug traficking, Search and Rescue (SAR) and illegal migration.
In 2015 the Dutch Coast Guard will host the North ATlantic Coast Guard Forum.