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Atlantic Forum 2012-2013

2014-2020 EU financial framework – Partnership contracts between national governments and the Commission, operational programmes for regional development & work programmes for research are drawn up.

The Atlantic Forum process has generated possible projects for funding in an Action Plan that will support the blue economy and develop innovative ideas to face common challenges. It is now up to national governments and other bodies to select which of the Forum's proposals best match their own policy objectives and include them in their funding proposals.

Other funding sources for projects may include public-private partnerships, the European Investment Bank, public-sector and private funding sources. A strong partnership between business and the public sector will be critical in ensuring the long-term success of the Atlantic strategy.

Key actors

Leadership Group

  • provides political guidance to the Forum, oversight of its mandate & approval of its objectives, process and outcomes
  • high-level representatives of the EU institutions (Commission, Parliament, Committee of Regions, Economic and Social Committee) and of the 5 Atlantic countries (France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom).

Steering Group

  • reports to the Leadership Group, reviews inputs from the Forum and helps organise stakeholder events
  • representatives of the EU institutions (Commission, Parliament, Committee of Regions, Economic and Social Committee), the Atlantic countries and local authorities. Other actors may be invited as observer.

Directorate-General Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE)

  • leads the Forum, in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Regional Policy (DG REGIO).

European Parliament

Timeline of Atlantic Forum workshops 2012-2013


  • 29/04/2016 - European Maritime and Fisheries Fund launches in Romania

    Romania has officially kick-started funding under the EU's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for the period up to 2020. The launch of the Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Operational Programme 2014-2020 (POPAM) took place on 21 April in the city of Tulcea in the Danube delta.

  • 29/04/2016 - A summit for the Mediterranean

    Commissioner Karmenu Vella was invited to deliver a speech at the “Mediterranean Leadership Summit” organized by the Economist in Malta on 28 and 29 April 2016. The conference comes at a time when the countries of the Mediterranean Sea are called upon to share their vision for stability, growth and competitiveness in the region.

  • 28/04/2016 - Conference on the blue economy of the Black Sea, Odessa, Ukraine

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