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Atlantic Action Plan
Bay of Biscay and the Celtic Sea

The Atlantic Action Plan aims to revitalise the marine and maritime economy in the Atlantic Ocean area. It shows how the EU's Atlantic Member States, their regions and the Commission can help create sustainable growth in coastal regions and drive forward the "blue economy" while preserving the environmental and ecological stability of the Atlantic Ocean.

Promoting cooperation

The Action Plan encourages Member States to work together in areas where they were previously working individually.  They will now be able to share information, costs, results and best practices, as well as generate ideas for further areas of cooperation of maritime activities. This includes both traditional activities, such as fisheries, aquaculture, tourism and shipping, as well as emerging ones such as offshore renewables and marine biotech.

Priorities

The Action Plan considers responses to the challenges of delivering growth, reducing the carbon footprint, using the sea's natural resources sustainably, responding effectively to threats and emergencies and implementing an "ecosystem" management approach in Atlantic waters. The priorities are to:

  • Promote entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • Protect, secure and enhance the marine and coastal environment;
  • Improve accessibility and connectivity;
  • Create a socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development;

The agreed actions will focus on growing the tourism market, meeting the increasing demand for offshore installations, improving education and training in traditional and emerging maritime industries, as well as extending cooperation in the field of oceanic research in order to better assess climate change impacts. 

Related actions

The Plan follows from the Atlantic Strategy the Commission adopted in 2011 (see press release) and will contribute to the EU's "Blue Growth" strategy (press release). 

The investment and research priorities identified in the Atlantic Action Plan could be considered for EU financing in the new programming period 2014-2020.

Atlantic process 2014

Atlantic workshops 2014

Key actors 2014-2015

Atlantic forum 2012-2013

Funding, timeline and key actors

Atlantic Forum workshops 2012-2013

Public call for suggestions for key investment and research priorities (closed)

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