Date: Monday 17 February 2014 (9h30-17h30)
The European Commission is organising a workshop on how to access and mobilise EU funds to pursue implementation of the Action Plan for a Maritime Strategy in the Atlantic area.
Directly managed EU funds (i.e. those managed by the Commission) are those for the environment (LIFE+), the EU's research and innovation funding programme (Horizon 2020), the programme to assist enterprises and SMEs (COSME) and a part of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). In addition, the European Investment Bank can mobilise its financing tools and expertise in support of suitable projects in order to further the Action Plan's priorities.
EU funds that are co-managed by the Member States (the so-called European Structural and Investment Funds: the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the European Fund for Regional Development, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Social Fund) can also be put to use in the implementation of the Action Plan. Operational programmes are being developed at national and regional level for the implementation of these funds. It will be important that they also take account of the Atlantic Action Plan.
The objective of the workshop is to provide participants stakeholders in the Atlantic area with an improved understanding of how the proposed actions could be financed by directly managed and co-managed EU funds, and to share best practice in the preparation of Operational Programmes.
Public stakeholders and organisations (e.g. national, regional and local authorities) responsible for the preparation and establishment of spending plans (e.g. regional Operational Programmes) encompassing EU funds.
Other stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of projects that can benefit from EU funding (e.g. research bodies, financial institutions, European and national associations, private companies).
Action Plan for a Maritime Strategy in the Atlantic area - Delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth [COM(2013)0279] of 13 May 2013.