Mediterranean Sea basin
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The Mediterranean region is bordered by over twenty countries and a large part of the Mediterranean Sea remains outside national jurisdiction. As a result, cooperation is needed to manage maritime activities, protect the marine environment and maritime heritage, prevent and fight pollution in the Mediterranean Sea region, or ensure a safer and more secure maritime space.
The Mediterranean dimension of the integrated maritime policy focuses on improved cooperation and governance whilst fostering sustainable growth in the region. It is currently facilitated by the following actions:
- A Working Group for the Integrated Maritime Policy in the Mediterranean(Maritime Forum) to develop common approaches on maritime policy-making in the Mediterranean and exchange best practices.
- A Project on Integrated Maritime Policy for the Mediterranean (IMP-MED)that seeks to provide opportunities to the European Neighbourhood Policy countries of the Mediterranean for engaging in and to obtaining assistance for maritime-policy development and cooperation.
- The MAritime REgions cooperation for the MEDiterranean (MAREMED) project, falling under the European Territorial Cooperation Programme Med for 2007-2013), that seeks to encourage the integrated maritime management and the sustainable development of coastal zones for the different levels of coastal governance.
- Definition of a maritime strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian sea basinin cooperation with the concerned coastal States and setting out a framework for cooperation in the area.
- The Mediterranean Coast Guard Functions Forum (MedCGFF), a non-binding, voluntary, independent and non-political forum bringing together representatives from administrations, institutions and agencies with related competencies in coast guard functions in all Mediterranean riparian countries.
Regional cooperation with Mediterranean partners
EU relations with the countries of the Southern Mediterranean and the Middle East have been developing through the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, which was established by the Barcelona Declaration in 1995. More recently, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has begun to map out relations between the EU and these regions.
The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership – also known as the Barcelona Process – is a regional forum for political, economic and social co-operation, which sits alongside bilateral Association Agreements and ENP Action Plans. The creation of the Union for the Mediterranean, in 2008, marked the re-launch of the process.
Marine and maritime-related EU-funded projects can be found across various policy areas and are financed by various EU funds. Examples are:
- Development of a Mediterranean marine and coastal protected areas network (MedPAN South Project)
- Strengthening co-operation in maritime safety and pollution prevention (SAFEMED Project)
- Commission communication "Towards an EU Integrated Maritime Policy and better maritime governance in the Mediterranean" (COM (2009) 466)
- Joint communication on a "Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean"All available translations. (COM(2011) 200).
- Mediterranean section (projects, background info, working documents, events)
European Atlas of the Seas
- Statistics for the Mediterranean Region
- 12th FEMIP Conference "Mediterranean blue economy: enhancing marine and maritime cooperation"- Athens, 18-19 April 2013
- Conference on Blue Growth in the Mediterranean: Perspectives of Spain – 2-3 May 2013, Palma de Mallorca
- 3rd Mediterranean Coast Guard Functions Forum - 26-28 June 2013, Palma de Mallorca
- All news (press releases, speeches, etc.)
- Links to EU and international organisations
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.