At the International Hydrographic Organisation, in Monaco, Commissioner Maria Damanaki presented the initiative that the European Commission is putting in place for the mapping of the seabed. To this aim, Commissioner Damanaki signed a Memorandum of understanding with the President of the IHO. In Monaco, the Commissioner also met Prince Albert II of Monaco, to hear about the work of the Monaco Foundation in its search for concrete and modern solutions to problems related to biodiversity and climate changes.
Maritime affairs and fisheries
Commissioner Maria Damanaki intervened at the 2012 Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation. Research and innovation play a major role in promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth and job creation – a top priority in the European Union’s response to the Arab Spring. In this context, the high-level conference aims at defining the agenda for Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation in Research and Innovation and promoting coordination among relevant actors to enhance scientific capacities of the Mediterranean countries and increase the impact and coherence of regional initiatives.