Extracts from the press conference by Maria Damanaki on the Atlantic Action Plan
On 13 May 2013, Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, held a press conference on the Atlantic Action Plan adopted by the European Commission to revitalise the marine and maritime economy in the Atlantic Ocean Area.
The Action Plan aims to show how the EU's Atlantic Member States, their regions and the Commission can help create sustainable growth in coastal regions and drive forward the "blue economy", which has the potential to provide 7 million jobs in Europe by 2020. At the same time, the environmental and ecological stability of the Atlantic Ocean must be preserved. PHOTO SHOTLIST