Atlantic Action Plan
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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.
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.
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.
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 forum 2012-2013
- Atlantic section (projects, background info, working documents, events)
European Atlas of the Seas
The EU's Maritime and Fisheries Policy: Putting Portugal on the Path to Growth
Speech by Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, at the Conference "Portugal: Path to Growth and Jobs", Lisbon
Research and innovation funding in Black Sea region now available through Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020, the New EU Framework Programme launched this year and running until 2020, provides a wide array of funding opportunities in the research and innovation domain. Its first work programme (2014-2015) includes a targeted call for the Black Sea region.
Towards greater cooperation in the Adriatic and Ionian
On Thursday 6 February, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, will speak at a high level conference in Athens to discuss an EU macro-regional strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region.