- What does the integrated maritime policy deal with?
- What about sector specific issues (piracy, off-shore energy, shipping, marine environment, etc)?
- Why is the EU involved in maritime affairs?
- Does the integrated maritime policy impinge on the powers of the EU countries?
- What are the milestones of the integrated maritime policy?
The integrated maritime policy ensures that sea- and coastal-related policies are developed in a coherent manner. Policy areas:
- marine data and knowledge
- integrated maritime surveillance
- maritime spatial planning
- "blue growth"
- sea-basin strategies
If you are interested in policies dealing with specific maritime sectors and activities, like shipping, shipbuilding, fisheries, regional development, marine environment, piracy, off-shore energy, check our recommended links: they will direct you to relevant sources of information.
- The EU is surrounded by five seas and two oceans.
- Fish habitats and marine eco-systems do not stop at borders, nor do transport and security problems. These issues must be dealt with at EU level.
- The EU Treaties give the EU power to act through many policies that impact on sea activities (fisheries, environment, transport, maritime safety and security, research, industrial policy, etc).
- 90% of EU external trade and close to 40% of trade inside the EU is seaborne. There is growing recognition that maritime transport is more fuel-efficient than road transport, and therefore kinder on the environment. This, together with the relocation of manufacturing activities outside Europe, poses a major challenge to the European economy, our ports and the maritime transport sector.
- Marine science and research as well as new technologies for making more sustainable use of the seas require substantial funding. Effort at all EU levels is needed to create synergies among all the players concerned.
Here, as in other policies, the EU acts only when joint action is more effective than each member country acting individually (this is the 'principle of subsidiarity').
The integrated maritime policy was established in 2007 after a broad public consultation. You can access all the official documents and follow the policy developments at the Integrated Maritime Policy page.
Call for proposals: MARE/2014/26 - Interoperability improvements in Member States to enhance information sharing for maritime surveillance
A European action plan for safe and secure seas
EU ministers have backed a set of actions to make Europe's seas safer and to protect the EUs maritime security interests from the threats which it faces. The Action Plan, part of the EU's Maritime Security Strategy adopted in June 2014, takes a cross-border and cross-sector approach to confronting the seaborne perils which the EU is confronted with. The plan is also central to the EU's commitment to boost the maritime economy since investments in the European maritime domain can only be prosperous if the seas are safe and secure.
Atlantic stakeholder conference in Porto on 20 January 2015
As part of the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan, the European Commission invites stakeholders to share their practical knowledge and ideas at the Atlantic Stakeholder Platform conference. Registration is now open.