In response to calls from stakeholders, the European Commission developed a two-step action plan to support this emerging sector. In the first phase (2014 – 2016), an Ocean Energy Forum will be set up, which will bring together stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of the problems and to develop solutions. It will focus on building capacity and critical mass, and on fostering cooperation. The outcomes of the Forum will feed into a strategic roadmap, which will provide an agreed blueprint for action in order to help the ocean energy sector move towards industrialisation.
In the second phase (2017 – 2020) a European industrial initiative could be developed, based on the outcomes of the Ocean Energy Forum. European industrial initiatives are public-private partnerships that bring together industry, researchers, Member States and the Commission to set out and implement clear and shared objectives over a specific timeframe. They enhance the impact of innovative research and development and provide a platform for sharing investment risk.
In addition, the Commission could develop sector-specific guidelines, in order to ease the burden faced by public authorities and developers in licensing ocean energy projects.
Call for expression of interest: Ocean Energy Forum Steering Groups
As announced at the Ocean Energy Forum launch in Brussels on the 4th of April, each of the Forum workstreams (technology, finance and environment/consenting) will be led by a Steering Group of approximately 10-12 experts.
The role of the steering groups is to guide the discussions in their workstreams, to set the agenda for the panel workshops of the Forum, to prepare discussion papers and to give input to the secretariat for writing the strategic roadmap (see steering groups' mandates) [209 KB] All available translations..
We would therefore like interested experts to send us a short application letter to the following email address: email@example.com. The deadline for applications is 9th May.
Experts will be selected to make sure that there is a fair representation of all stakeholder interests. The names of the Steering Group members will be officially announced at the second edition of the Ocean Energy Forum in Dublin on the 11th of June.
The Forum brings together stakeholders in a series of workshops in order to develop a shared understanding of the problems at hand and to collectively devise workable solutions.
More information on events and meetings of the ocean energy forum will appear on this webpage.
Information such as the programme, speakers, registration and practical information will be uploaded as soon as it is available on the page for each workshop.
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.
Be a part of European Maritime Day 2015
Ahead of the 8th annual European Maritime Day Conference, to be held in Piraeus, Greece, on 28 and 29 May next year, the European Commission is organising two information sessions for anyone wanting to get involved in the conference.
Conference on Maritime Spatial Planning and Tourism, Venice, 27 November
Speech by Karmenu Vella - Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries