European Maritime Spacial Planning Conference: extracts from the speech by Joe Borg
Joe Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, welcomed us all to this first conference on maritime spatial planning organised by the European Commission, following the publication of the Roadmap Communication on the subject a few months ago. They were opening a debate which will continue throughout the year 2009, in the form of a series of workshops, where they will look at maritime spatial planning from different angles.
Joe Borg gave a speech following the meeting. He said that maritime spatial planning is an essential tool for managing these various activities particularly as they seek to promote the competitiveness of the European maritime economy, and is an important element of Europe's action, to enhance growth and jobs as set out in the Lisbon Agenda, and in light of the downturn in the current economic climate.