The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup follows on from the Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup launched in 2010.

Recent EU policies and initiatives related to maritime topics such as the Integrated Maritime Policy, the Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning, the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Strategy for Blue Growth reflect the European Institutions’ awareness of the possibilities offered by the seas and oceans. These opportunities are one of the major drivers of economic growth of the European Union’s territories as long as they support sustainable development.

While the European Parliament continues to take action on maritime matters, the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup works to ensure that Europe of the Sea remains a major, cross-cutting and well-identified issue. Such an approach allows issues to be addressed that relate to the marine environment, maritime industries, research, maritime transport, exploitation of living marine resources and European maritime and coastal areas in a specific and transversal way.

The Intergroup also has a strong Island component. It will therefore ensure that the European Union continues to take into account the specific issues faced by the Islands. The Intergroup also includes a geographic dimension to its work through the inclusion of a "sea basin" dimension.

Few words from the MEPs


The European Parliament’s Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup wishes you a sunny and relaxing summer break and hopes to see you in September.

Since its first public meeting in April 2015, the Intergroup has organised 13 events which brought together more than 1000 participants representing EU Institutions, Member States, Local Authorities, International Bodies, NGOs, Private Companies and Marine Research Community. It will continue to be an open forum for all maritime stakeholders in the coming years.



The Intergroup is planning 4 events from September to November:

  1. Marine Litter - Europe’s answers to a global challenge

Date: September 6th 2016

Time: 09.00 to 12.00

Registration: Link

Description: This conference aims to present the state of play in our oceans and discuss potential solutions to tackle marine litter.

The agenda of event can be found on the Intergroup’s website. Link


  1. Marine Knowledge - Supporting Marine Research Knowledge Exchange for Blue Growth

Date: October 13th 2016

Time: 09.00 to 12.00

Registration: Link

Description: This event aims to explore how we can improve methods, processes and engagement in knowledge exchange between different stakeholders concerned with Blue Growth. In particular, this will be an opportunity to develop a dialogue on the specific needs of Europe´s maritime regions and investigate how the activities of organisations such as EurOcean and CPRM can support their knowledge requirements.


  1. Global Ocean Biodiversity Governance - The contribution of science

Date: October 17th 2016

Time: 15.30 to 17.30

Registration: Link

Description: This meeting is a contribution to reflections about the role of Europe in global marine biodiversity governance negotiations.


  1. Deep-Sea Mining – What next for science?

Date: November 17th 2016

Time: 09.00 to 12.00

Registration: Link

Description: this briefing aims to reflect on how key findings of developed project will influence the development of this still nascent industry. In particular, speakers will consider what role science and technology play in the context of regulatory and commercial developments, and what should the EU consider in taking this issue forward.


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What is an Intergroup?

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 28 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2014 by the Conference of Presidents. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and to promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 80 MEPs from six different political groups and from 19 Member States.

Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.

Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.