European Maritime Spacial Planning Conference: extracts from the speech by Joe Borg
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 26/02/2009 First transmission: 26/02/2009
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.
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||View of the Charlemagne building
||Arrival of Joe Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs (3 shots)
||General view of the press room
||Joe Borg, saying (in ENGLISH) 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. Maritime spatial planning provides them stable framework, which brings with it the legal certainty and predictability, that is a prerequisite for continuous and increasing investment in the maritime sectors, both by European and also by other actors. This is an important element of Europe's action to enhance growth and jobs, as set out in the Lisbon agenda and also in light of the downturn in the current economic climate.
||Joe Borg saying (in ENGLISH) that in order for maritime spatial planning to be functional in sea areas, shared by 2 or more Member States, cross-border cooperation will be vital. A common European approach to this issue is therefore of great value, and importance. As a first step in this direction, the Commission has published a roadmap on maritime spatial planning, which identifies and describes legal and other instruments of importance, as well as examples of current practices in this context. From this, the roadmap then derives 10 key principles, which they believe characterises successful maritime spatial planning in European seas.
||Cutaway and departure of Joe Borg (3 shots)