The European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) holds its General Assembly on 27-28 February 2019 in Brussels, BE

This event is open to all and will provide a platform for exciting discussions on our present and future climate. On the first day's afternoon and evening, scientists, decision-makers and experts from other fields will join for presentations and panel discussions, and we would welcome your participation. The second day will focus on science and ECRA's Collaborative Programmes.

The ECRA General Assembly 2019 will discuss current issues of a forum to discuss climate research priorities, vulnerable regions, impacts and potential adaptation strategies, along with advancing integrative and collaborative research. More than 110 climate scientists, policy makers and representatives from relevant climate initiatives made it a successful conference!

If you are interested in joining or receiving information, contact the ECRA Secretariat via or follow us on Twitter (#ECRA_GA19). The General Assembly 2019 follows up on GAs of 2017 and 2015.



Registration for the first stakeholder conference of the Blue Bioeconomy Forum on 7th December in Amsterdam, is now OPEN 


The forum has the ambition to bring together all types of stakeholders to voice  their needs,  concerns and shape the future of this promising area. 


Get involved, learn more and share your views at the event: 


The  Blue Bioeconomy Forum (BBF) is an initiative of the European Commission to boost the development of the blue bio-economy in Europe. 


It will serve to partners from all areas be it  public, private, research or finance to shape  the future of this promising area using aquatic biomass as a source for value added products such as food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. 


The scope of Forum, however, does not cover “traditional” uses of biomass, such as fishing. 

The BBF focuses on novel applications, including non-food, waste/discards, feed and food. 

How can you get involved? 


  *   Join the LINKED IN group:  LinkedIn page 


  *   Register to the newsletter 


  *   Read the interview with Commissioner Vella 


  *   Read more about the Blue Bioeconomy Forum 

Deadline for applications: 21 November 2018, 12.00 Brussels time

Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019

A match-making event that brings together innovators and the financial community to sustainably develop the Blue Economy of the Mediterranean Sea basin, while protecting its marine resources.

Following the successful Blue Invest event of May 2018 in Brussels, and within the context of our work on blue investment, the European Commission (DG MARE) is hosting the “Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019” event. It will take place on 24 January 2019 in Malta and will gather approximately 300 participants interested in the blue economy of the Mediterranean Sea basin.

Following a similar approach to that of the May 2018 Blue Invest event, promoting investment in an innovative blue economy, we aim to mobilise private sector investment capital and lending. The blue economy has significant potential for sustainable growth and job creation, particularly around the Mediterranean Sea basin. Investment capital, both public and private, can play a significant role in developing this economic potential. Through this event, we want to increase the engagement of the financial community with the blue economy, and to stimulate investment interest in marine and maritime sectors. In addition, the event will indirectly support the implementation of cooperation initiatives amongst Mediterranean countries in the context of the UfM Blue Economy Forum [1], the WestMED Initiative [2], and the EUSAIR [3].

Read more: Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019

Call for expression of interest to pitch

Deadline: 21 November 2018

Apply on line

The Voice for the Ocean campaign of Surfrider Foundation Europe (SFE) sets up a unique and innovative program to consult a large Ocean and coastal community via a specific on-line consultation and several awareness raising events in 5 European countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Portugal and Spain.

Surfrider Foundation Europe is a grassroots organization which brings together a network of thousands of passion-driven people who defend our ocean and coasts. Our ocean faces growing challenges from marine litter to climate change, affecting its health, resilience and the services it provides. SFE aims at being the voice of this community and, more broadly, of EU citizens who care about the Ocean and its protection.

2018 and 2019 will be crucial for our Ocean’s future, as several EU and International policy processes are expected to contribute to the achievement of important environmental objectives and a new European Parliament and Commission will be elected and appointed in 2019.

Early 2019, Surfrider will present publicly the results of the consultation to citizens and candidates to European elections, so make your voice heard now by taking part:

L’année 2019 sera cruciale pour l'avenir de l’océan. Avec Voice for the Ocean, les citoyens peuvent faire entendre leur voix afin que l’océan soit au cœur des programmes des candidats aux élections européennes.

La campagne Voice for the Ocean permet à chaque citoyen de s’informer sur les grandes problématiques de la protection de l’océan à l’aide d’outils pédagogiques adaptés à ses connaissances.

Au début de l'année 2019, Surfrider présentera les résultat de cette consultation. Il est encore temps de contribuer:

From June 29th to July 10th 2019, the city of Nantes will be home of a “universal exhibition of the sea”, La mer XXL.

The Ouest-France group (one of the leading press groups in Europe) and Exponantes, organisers of exhibitions and trade shows (more than 600,000 visitors per year) have joined forces to develop a unique exhibition project focusing on the maritime world.

Like the exhibition of the XXst century, the idea is to enthrall, surprise and delight,communicate and encourage adventure and escape.This extraordinary event will take place at the Parc des Expositions in Nantes over 12 days, with 66,000 sqm of exhibition (with 38,000 sqm covered) and 100,000 visitors expected.

The objective of “La mer XXL” is to build a lively, spectacular and instructive exhibition, combining industry, art, technology, magnitude, immersion… following in the footsteps of a 21st century Captain Nemo.

You are a private company, an association, a research institute, a teacher, a public body and you have an idea for an exhibition related to maritime themes, you can contact La Mer XXL Team


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Nantes accueillera du samedi 29 juin au mercredi 10 juillet 2019 une véritable “exposition universelle” de la mer, La mer XXL.

Le groupe Ouest-France (un des principaux groupes de presse européens) et Exponantes, organisateur d’expositions et de salons (plus de 600 000 visiteurs par an) se sont unis afin de développer un projet unique d’exposition autour de l’univers maritime. 

Comme pour les expositions universelles du début du XXe siècle, il s’agit d’émerveiller, étonner, surprendre, faire rêver, faire connaître, pousser à l’aventure et à l’évasion. Cet événement hors du commun prendra place au Parc des Expositions de Nantes durant 12 jours, sur 66 000 m² de surface d’exposition (dont 38 000 m² couverts) avec plus de 100 000 visiteurs attendus.

L’objectif de La mer XXL est de bâtir une exposition vivante, spectaculaire et instructive mêlant industrie, arts, technologie, gigantisme, immersion… sur les pas d’un Némo du XXIe siècle.

Vous êtes une entreprise, une association, un lieu culturel, un établissement de recherche, un enseignant, un autorité publique et vous avez une idée d'animation ou d'exposition en relation avec la thématique maritime? Contactez l'équipe de La Mer XXL


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InnoBlueGrowth organises its next transnational Capitalization & Community Building event entitled "The Cluster approach for a sustainable Blue Growth in the Mediterranean" next June 20-21, 2018 in Athens, Greece.  
This event will have a dual approach, revolving around the theme of "clusters." The first day will be applied to capitalization with a focus on Maritime Surveillance, in collaboration with the PROteuS project. 
PROteuS aims to establish a Mediterranean Maritime Surveillance Cluster, fostering innovation and R&D capacities, knowledge and technology transfer, as well as transnational cooperation among the involved key Maritime Surveillance actors, focusing on maritime security and safety mechanisms in the basin area.
The second day will have a community building approach. It will give the opportunity to decision-makers, stakeholders, end-users, SMEs, the academia, etc. to  exchange methodologies,ideas & best practices of clustering, outlining clusters challenges and benefits for the sustainable development of the blue economy.
This third transnational event will increase the visibility of the Blue Growth community and its impact on the policy making process at regional, local, national and Mediterranean level. A common message for the value of maritime clusters in the Mediterranean area will be released later on, in order to raise awareness and enhance social acceptance for a sustainable economic growth. 
The two-day transnational event will be held at Titania Hotel, Panepistimiou 52, Athens, Greece.
You can click HERE to register.
For more information please contact

DG MARE – IOC UNESCO, THON Hotel, Brussels, Belgium, 24-25 May 2018

A dynamic and interactive first workshop of the International Forum for Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) will be organise in Brussels. The event is jointly organised by the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission (DG MARE) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, on 24th and 25th of May 2018.

This first workshop of the International Forum for MSP aims to start working on international guidelines on cross-border MSP. This is a direct follow up of the "Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide" adopted during the 2nd International Conference on Maritime Spatial Planning, in March 2017 in Paris. The workshop will include interactive discussions and a wide exchange of good practices, focussing on cross-border integration in MSP and stakeholder involvement.

Maritime Spatial planners from all across the world and experts directly involved in planning are welcome to participate and give their input. Please reserve this date and we will get back to you with more information and a draft agenda as soon as possible.

For enquiries about the event, please contact DG MARE through:

European Commission will have a stand at 2018 Seafood Expo Global in Brussels from 24 to 26 April. Its will be stand Hall 7 – 1411.

At the occasion of the Seafood DG MARE will organise:

  • an Event: "Food from the Oceans, a look into our future" on 25 April with Commissioner Vella
  • a Debate: " The EU and the social dimension of fisherie" on 25 April
  • Sessions with European Commission experts at the EC stand

Click here for more information.

The European Maritime Day (EMD) is the annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss and forge joint action. Burgas will host the 2018 edition on 31 May and 1 June.


Information and practical details are available via this link. This year in Burgas there will be up to 19 Workshops and:

  • A political opening session with Ministers from Black Sea riparian states
  • A high-level debate on "Big Bang Black Sea"
  • A plenary session on EU funds for Blue Growth and sea-basin cooperation


The European Commission has announced it will organise 'Blue Invest 2018', the first match-making event in Europe between companies and investors in the Blue Economy.

The OECD projects that the global maritime economy will grow at twice the rate of the mainstream economy by 2030.

For Europe, this would mean 10.8 million jobs and nearly 1 trillion euro in turnover.


How to take advantage of this potential? How can technology and creativity meet finance?


#BlueInvest 2018: a match-making event where

  • Selected entrepreneurs will have the exclusive opportunity to pitch their projects to a panel of investors
  • Investors will get to know promising projects from start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs
  • Participants can set up bilateral meetings during the day and build new networks
  • Inspirational speakers will share their secrets to success


Interested in attending or pitching? Visit for more details and registration.


Add the event to your calendar: iCalendar Blue Invest 2018


Please share this information with your contacts: finance community, public sector, business, researchers, maritime clusters, innovation centres and all ocean lovers!


Twitter: @EU_MARE


On 24 January 2018, COLUMBUS will be hosting its final event.

During this event, the winner of the Blue Society Award will be announced; and prior to the event, training will be provided on the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology.  Information on all events can be found here

9th November 2017, Brussels

EMFF 2017 Info Day - €14,5 million for a sustainable Blue Economy

Innovation, marine litter, cooperation in the Mediterranean – the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund launches a call to foster a "Sustainable Blue Economy" across Europe.

With a total budget of € 14,5 Million, the call will accelerate the implementation of the European maritime policy and the deployment of the Blue Economy across Europe and in the Mediterranean. It will be open to all sea basins surrounding the EU coasts and will target a wide range of stakeholders of the Blue Economy. 

The Info Day will be opened by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The day will mark the launch of one of the Commitments of the European Union at the global conference Our Ocean 2017 in Malta and is a direct step to concrete action for a sustainable Blue Economy.

The Sustainable Blue Economy call comprises 4 strands to support innovation and bring research results closer to the market as well as increase capacity building and networking for a sustainable use of our sea basins. In this way, the call will support sustainable job creation, innovation and entrepreneurship in the blue economy.


Strand 1 - Demonstration projects for the blue economy has a budget of € 8.000.000. It will boost demonstration projects based on innovative technologies to test, deploy and scale up new industry and service applications and solutions for the blue economy. It will help improve the market-readiness of innovative technologies and/or maritime services.


Strand 2 - Efficient methodologies and technologies against marine litter has a budget of € 2.000.000. It will support concrete methodologies and technologies for reducing the volume and harmfulness of marine litter from sea-based sources, for monitoring and quantifying the contribution of sea-based sources of marine litter and for removing and recycling it, in an environmentally sound and resource-efficient way.


Strand 3 - Blue networks for the Mediterranean has a budget of € 3.000.000. It will promote networking to support job creation, innovation and entrepreneurship in the blue economy of the Mediterranean Sea, through cooperation between a wide variety of stakeholders such as education and training institutes, maritime clusters and fisheries local communities from the EU and its partner countries in the Mediterranean.


Strand 4 - Joint actions for a sustainable Blue economy in the Mediterranean has a budget of € 1.500.000. It will support the restoration of damaged or degraded coastal and marine ecosystems in zones of the Mediterranean with a high potential for a wide range of marine ecosystem services.


More information on:

DG MARE organises the MSP Conference on Blue Growth: How to plan for a Sustainable Blue Economy? in Brussels on 11 and 12 October 2017 with the presence of Mr Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

The conference is aimed at both MSP practitioners, authorities as well as industry representatives. This conference provides a forum for discussion and exchange, offering concrete examples and guidelines on how to apply MSP as a tool to accommodate sustainable maritime economic development. In particular, the conference aims to:

  • Assess future spatial needs of a wide range of maritime sectors;
  • Discuss how the MSP process can facilitate a better understanding of the needs across maritime sectors stakeholders and ecosystems;
  • Share best practices on how MSP can really support the Blue Economy;
  • Discuss approaches and experiences towards synergies and co-location; and
  • Discuss approaches and experiences of conflict resolution and addressing spatial tensions.

You can register via this link.

For more information, please visit the MSP Platform and follow us on Twitter @EU_MSP_Platform and the hashtag #MSP4BG.


The 2nd JPI Oceans conference, taking place in Lisbon on 26 October 2017, will present the first results of the actions and projects initiated under the framework of JPI Oceans and will provide an excellent opportunity for stakeholders from research and industry to network and discuss with policy makers from across Europe.

Partners involved in the JPI Oceans joint actions will discuss the outcomes, opportunities and future outlooks of their activities. The event will further highlight the international cooperation of JPI Oceans beyond Europe and results of CSA Oceans 2, the Horizon 2020 Support Action aimed to support the JPI.
The conference will come two year after the first JPI Oceans conference held in Brussels in May 2015. 
More information can be found on JPI Oceans' website via this link

The Copernicus Marine week will be the occasion to showcase the achievements of the Copernicus Marine Service (CMEMS) and to discuss the future perspectives, challenges and scenario. The Marine week is meant to be a forum for stakeholders, contributors and beneficiaries. The purpose of the week is to present and openly release CMEMS major achievements as regards economy, societal challenges, science and EU leadership worldwide and is also meant to propose CMEMS future prospects to the benefits of Member States, Regions, and of the Society in general.

The event will take place from 25th to 29th September at the “Hotel Renaissance”, in front of the European Parliament (Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Bruxelles).

The Copernicus Marine week registration is now open, so do not hesitate to register you or any of your community!

Maritime Spatial Planning Conference: Addressing Land-Sea Interactions

The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission organises a conference to address the topic of Land Sea Interactions in the framework of Maritime Spatial Planning.

This conference will be held in Malta on 15-16 June 2017.

You can find more information regarding the conference here (registration, agenda)

On 1 and 2 June 2017, the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission organises a 2 days conference on EU-China maritime cooperation. In presence of Commissionner Vella, the event will aim to compare different approaches, learn from each other, identify areas of collaboration.

You can find the draft agenda of the conference here.

The event is open but you will need to register here to participate.

The Intergroup is happy to give its support to EuroMarine's conference on the role of science for blue growth.

As a side event to its 2017 General Assembly meeting and upon a decision of its Steering Committee, EuroMarine is organising a meeting at the EU Parliament on 8 Feb. 2017 afternoon.

The event is titled Blue Science for Blue Growth - EuroMarine, connecting ideas and people.

Information regarding the event can be found on EuroMarine's website.

Please us this link to register. Registration is mandatory to guarantee your access to the European Parliament.

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) recently published a Study on the Maritime Dimension of the Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3).

A new study issued by the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) analysing the potential of maritime growth by looking at the priorities of the coastal Research and Innovation Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3), shows that peripheral and maritime regions are prepared to invest in the economic potential offered by the maritime economy.

Considering that:

  • the Sea holds strong potential for economic growth in Europe,
  • the European Union’s investment potential in this area is largely dependent on the mobilisation of regional policy, which is the EU’s main investment policy,

the CPMR has analysed this potential by looking at the maritime dimension of 112 Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3), which guide investments related to regional policy.

In this context, six interactive maps have been developed, which provide access to information by Region and by theme.

The sea is a significant priority in 80% of the analysed strategies. It is present in the following themes:

  • Food, nutrition and health;
  • Tourism and leisure in coastal areas;
  • Managing marine and coastal areas;
  • Maritime transport;
  • Marine renewable energy, shipbuilding, advanced materials and manufacturing processes.

On the basis of the findings of this study, the CPMR recommends considering the Sea as a key area for EU investment in the preparation of the future EU policies after 2020

You are kindly invited to join us at the First EMODnet Checkpoints Stakeholder Conference on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 February 2017. The Conference will take place at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels, Belgium.  

The Conference is free to attend but registration is obligatory.

  • For more information about the preliminary programme and regular updates, consult the Conference webpage:
  • For more information about the programme and to pre-register contact
  • Practical information and registration options will be made available shortly
  • Do not hesitate to disseminate this information to relevant contacts within your organisation and networks

About the Conference

The Conference aims to mobilise a wide group of interested stakeholders to consider joint issues, present common findings as well as highlighting differences between the Sea-basins as identified by the EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints in terms of existing and future monitoring and observation activities, data availability and usefulness to address real problems.   

The main objectives of the EMODnet Checkpoints Stakeholder Conference are to:

  • Inform interested stakeholders about the outputs and findings of the EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints;
  • Consider how to improve future data adequacy assessments and outputs by seeking input from stakeholders’ needs and identification of gaps.
  • Look forward with Stakeholders from science, policy, industry and civil society on how marine monitoring and observation activities could be improved and better coordinated in Europe. 

EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints assess the quality of the current observation monitoring data at the level of the regional sea-basins. By testing the data against specific end-user challenges, the checkpoints aim to demonstrate how well the current monitoring systems and data collection frameworks provides data to meet the needs of users. In doing so, data gaps and duplications as well as significant bottlenecks are being highlighted.

Six sea basin checkpoints are in operation. The first two checkpoints were initiated in the Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea in 2013. Four other Checkpoints covering the Arctic, Atlantic, Baltic and Black Sea were launched mid-2015.

For more information about the EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints, consult the EMODnet central portal information pages at

About EMODnet

EMODnet is a network of more than 160 organisations working together to observe the seas, to make marine data freely available and interoperable, to create seamless data layers across sea-basins and to distribute the data and data products via the internet. The primary aim of EMODnet is to unlock already existing but fragmented and hidden marine data and make them accessible for a wider range of users including private bodies, public authorities and researchers. Currently, seven thematic assembly groups have been created to develop thematic web-based Data Portals covering data resources from diverse fields including hydrography, geology, physics, chemistry, biology, physical habitats and human activities. Many of these thematic portals are already operational. In addition, six Sea-basin Checkpoints have been established to assess the observation capacity and adequacy of marine data available at regional Sea-basin level. To strengthen the coherence and functionality for users, a common ‘EMODnet Entry Portal’ provides an entry point delivering access to data, metadata and data products held by EMODnet thematic sites.

More information about EMODnet in general can be found on the information pages of the central portal

The Baltic Sea is a hotbed for maritime innovation and activities and provides a huge potential for enhancing the blue economy and boosting the region’s competitiveness. Cooperation at sea-basin level has an essential role to play in building on this potential. 

The European Commission is currently taking the development of the Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region one step further. The aim is to kick-start the development of its implementation strategy, stimulating potential investment and more strategic inter-regional and inter-cluster cooperation.

In order to collect views and experiences from public and private stakeholders and potential workshop participants an online survey has been launched. The European Commission would welcome your input on development fields and economic opportunities which are of main importance for you.

Taking part in this survey allows you to contribute to shaping the framework for the  implementation strategy for the Baltic Blue Growth Agenda and to identify the necessary steps and priority actions, commitments and investment needed.

Want to learn more and get involved? Please read the information leaflet.

Want to update your contact details or involve a colleague? Please click here

Building a European Ocean Observing System


This European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) event at the European Parliament will bring European policy and decision makers together with the ocean observing community, to engage in a direct dialogue and discussions on needs and ambitions for a strong and integrated European ocean observing capacity. This event will help building the foundation of the future EOOS.


More inofrmation here


Registration here

JPI Oceans - OECD Seminar | The Future of the Ocean Economy

The seminar taking place in Brussels on 4 October will bring together the JPI Oceans Management Board, Advisory Board, OECD representatives and key stakeholders to discuss the OECD Future of the Ocean Economy report. The objectives of the seminar are to:

  • present the main results of the OECD Future of the Ocean Economy report.
  • discuss the report’s recommendations with stakeholder representatives.
  • address how European countries can take lessons learned forward.
  • present the future of the OECD Ocean Economy Project.

In the panel sessions following the presentation of the report, participants will discuss the implications for cross sectoral industry cooperation, integrated ocean management and public research and innovation policy. Further information and the programme will be sent in due time. The seminar is by invitation only and can be attended for free. To confirm your participation please register by 26 September 2016.

Location: Belgian Science Policy Office, Avenue Louise 231, B-1050 Brussels

On the occasion of the first summit of the Blue Economy Business & Science Forum (12-13 September 2016), the European Commission (DG MARE) is organising the first edition of the Blue Economy Business Awards ceremony, with the objective of celebrating scientific and industrial achievements connected with the sea.

The awards will be presented and given during the Gala Dinner of the Blue Economy Business & Science Forum, to be held at the International Maritime Museum on 12th September 2016.

In addition to the Blue Economy Business award, the jury will have the possibility to select among the applicants the Woman of the Year in the Blue Economy and the Rising Blue Star of the Year (up to 35 years old).

Don't miss the opportunity, the deadline is 15 July 2016!

Visit DG MARE website and apply to become the Blue Economy Business of the year!

Together with the province of Zuid Holland, the Dutch Presidency organises a workshop in The Hague next 20-21 June. Based on a survey (deadline 6 May 2016) three broad topics have been selected in order to ‘focus’ the discussions in parallel sessions:

·         Marine aquatic / food products
·         Short sea shipping (ship building, shipping technologies, port infrastructure, and logistics)
·         Blue biotechnology (including marine - pharmaceutical products)

The three topics will be used to structure the discussions with the aim of arriving at operational recommendations for future co-operation.  However, the workshop will be organised as an open discussion and participants are encouraged to propose alternative topics or cross-cutting themes of relevance to their region or organisation.

Registrations for the workshop are now open at

The 2016 European Maritime Day will be organised in Turku (Finland) on May 18th and 19th. This year the EMD will focus on "Investing in competitive blue growth - smart and sustainable solutions".

The Intergroup will be represented by Mrs Meissner and the different sessions and workshop of the EMP will bring together many actors involved in past meetings of the Intergroup.

You can find more information about the EMD here

The programme is available here

DG MARE and EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) will organise on 5th April a launch event on three Blue Growth calls to boost innovation in the Blue economy under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2016 work programme. The 3 calls for proposals "Blue careers", "Blue labs" and "Blue technology" with a total budget of 7,5M€ will be published in the coming weeks.

 REGISTRATION for the event will open in the coming days, please check out the following webpage for latest information :

You can find herebelow the EU Integrated Maritime Policy and the Netherlands’ EU presidency program

This conference coorganised by the Conference of Peripheral Mariitme Regions, the Netherlands EU Presidency and the Provincie Noord-Holland aimed to present concrete examples of how regional and local authorities in Europe stimulate economic development linked to the maritime economy thanks to support provided by the European Union.

This conference covered the extent to which European programmes and instruments (in particular financial instruments) bring undisputed added value to the blue economy and regional development. It also examined the practical roles that regional authorities play in terms of stimulating job creation and growth.

One and a half years one from the start of the term of the Juncker Commission, the conference also kicked start a discussion about the need for a long term approach for investment at territorial level.

The replay of the conference is available here

The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment is organising a High Level Meeting for maritime directors on the subject of short sea shipping on 15 February 2016 in Amsterdam. Various topical issues associated with short sea shipping will be discussed, including Blue Belt, the Maritime Single Window, Innovative Financing and Blue Growth.

You can find more information regarding this event on the website of The Netherlands EU Presidency 2016

 Le 15 février 2016, le ministère de l’Infrastructure et de l’Environnement organisera à Amsterdam une réunion de haut niveau des directeurs Transport maritime à courte distance. Divers sujets d’actualité relevant de ce domaine y seront abordés, dont la ceinture bleue, le guichet maritime unique, le financement innovant et la croissance bleue.

De plus amples informations sont disponibles sur le site de La présidence néerlandaise de l’UE 2016


For the 2014-2020 period, the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs), including the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), and the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) will support Blue Growth and the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP).

The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) of the European Commission (DG MARE), in collaboration with the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) is organising a conference in order to explore how these funds can support the maritime economy and Blue Growth in particular.

This conference will take place on 22 September in Brussels and will be opened by Mr Karmenu VELLA, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. It will give the opportunity to a wide range of maritime regions to explain how they plan to use these funds to boost jobs and growth in the maritime sectors across the EU. Reciprocally, it will provide them with a unique opportunity to consider across borders and across sectors coordination issues, and to promote cost-effective synergies and money savings.

The conference will take the form of a one day workshop1 with the participation of some 200 representatives of EU coastal regions, Blue Growth stakeholders and EU institutions..

You will find attached the provisional agenda for this conference and webpage for practical information and registration .The official invitation will be sent out by the end of August.

Public Consultation - International Ocean Governance

The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries launched a Public Consultation on International Ocean Governance in June which is open until September 15th.

The aim of this consultation is to gather input on how the EU could contribute to achieving better international governance of oceans and seas to the benefit of sustainable blue growth. On the basis of the results and other sources of data and information, the European Commission will consider how best to develop a more coherent, comprehensive and effective EU policy on improving the international ocean governance framework.

All the information regarding this consultation can be found here:


Consultation Publique - Gouvernance Internationale des Océans

La Direction Générale pour les Affaires Maritimes et la Pêche a lancé une Consultation Publique sur la Gouvernance des Océans en Juin. Cette consultation est ouverte jusqu'au 15 Septembre.

Cette consultation a pour objectif de recueillir des avis sur la manière dont l'UE pourrait contribuer à améliorer la gouvernance internationale des mers et des océans en vue d'une croissance bleue durable. La Commission européenne s'appuiera sur les résultats de la consultation et sur d'autres sources de données et d'informations pour examiner les meilleurs moyens d'élaborer une politique plus cohérente, plus complète et plus efficace en vue de renforcer la gouvernance internationale des océans.

Toutes les informations concernant cette consultations sont accessibles via ce lien:

The project  “Vasco Da Gama - Training for Greener and Safer Maritime Transport “ organises its Summer School from 24 to 29 August in Kalmar (Sweden).

All the information you might need are available here: 

For the 4th time since 2002, the international maritime community meets in Brest, at "Le Quartz" congress center, to share their thoughts and works on issues of maritime safety and security, be it in a conference room, in the trade show alleys or around a coffee.

As usual, there will be talks of save and rescue, of pollutions, of container carriers, of regulations, policies and technologies, however, attendees will also hear of markets, of industry and, perhaps more unexpected, of climate change.

Maritime safety, climate, blue growth.

Safer Seas traditionally considers the stakes of maritime safety together with the related economic obstacles or opportunities but these days, environmental issues and the possible answers to the climate and energy challenges are redefining the scope of maritime security and safety policies. From potential new maritime routes opened by the ice melting, to new regulations and technological innovations for greener, low-carbon ships ; from the increase in offshore activities related to the exploitation of fossil or biomarine resources, to the rise of marine energies;  there is no shortage of examples demonstrating that maritime shipping and the rules regulating it are no longer the alpha and omega of maritime safety and security.

Consequently, "Blue Growth" was the theme chosen for this 2015 edition of Safer Seas to highlight the stakes of maritime safety and security and the world of possibilities that the seas have to offer.

Safer Seas will be one of the last major milestones before the UNFCCC Conference of Parties, due to take place in December in Paris: oceans, climate, maritime safety, it all makes senses considering the numerous interactions between them... Indeed, it was not by sheer luck that the European Academy of Sciences symposium EURASC and its internationally recognized authorities chose Safer Seas to host their event.

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Pour la 4e fois depuis 2002, la communauté maritime internationale se donne rendez-vous à Brest, au centre des congrès Le Quartz, pour évoquer, dans la pénombre d’une salle de conférence, au détour d’un stand ou autour d’un café toutes les questions qui animent aujourd’hui leur quotidien en matière de sécurité et sûreté maritime.

Il sera bien sûr, comme de coutume, encore question de sauvetage, de pollutions, de porte-containers, de règlements ou de technologies, cependant les habitués entendront aussi parler de marchés, de filières et, moins courant peut-être…, de climat et de changements anthropiques.

Sécurité maritime, climat, croissance bleue.

S’il n’est pas inhabituel pour Safer Seas de mettre en relation les enjeux de la sécurité maritime, les obstacles et/ou  opportunités économiques qui en découlent, les préoccupations environnementales et les réponses aux grands défis énergétiques et climatiques alimentent aujourd’hui plus que jamais, les nouveaux contours des politiques de sécurité et sûreté maritimes. Des perspectives de nouvelles routes maritimes liées à la fonte des glaces aux nouvelles réglementations et  innovations technologiques pour des navires « verts » participant à la lutte contre l’effet de serre ; du développement des activités off-shore, d’exploitation des ressources fossiles ou biomarines, du développement des énergies marines… autant d’exemples pour montrer à quel point le transport maritime et sa régulation ne constituent plus l’unique point d’entrée de la sécurité et sûreté maritimes.

C’est donc sous le signe de la « croissance bleue » que l’édition 2015 de Safer Seas a choisi d’engager ses travaux afin de mettre en valeur les enjeux de sécurité et sûreté maritimes au regard des multiples potentialités qu’offre la mer.

C’est aussi comme point d’étape vers la Conférence mondiale sur le Climat à Paris en décembre, que Safer Seas prend tout son sens : océans, climat, sécurité maritime… les interactions sont multiples… Ce n’est d’ailleurs pas anodin si le symposium de l’Académie Européenne de Sciences EURASC et ses sommités internationales ont choisi Safer Seas pour port d’attache.

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25 June 2015

Minutes are now available here

The Final Declaration is also available here

General Assembly of the Islands Commission of the CPMR

The Islands Commission held its 35th annual General Assembly in the European Parliament (Brussels)on 25 June 2015 at the invitation of MEPs Serrao Santos, Kirkos and Picula, from the S & D Group.

10 members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and island representatives from all over Europe intervende and discussed three issuse of strategic interest to the islands: cohesion, energy and immigration in front of a very large audience composed of regional officials, stakeholders and various organizations.

It was also the occasion for a signing ceremony for the new signatories of the Pact of Islands: a volontary agreement to contribute to the EU 2020 climate goals. It has now reached 118 signatories and keeps growing.

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 La Déclaration Finale est disponible ici

Assemblée Générale de la Commission des Iles de la CRPM

La Commission des Iles de la CRPM a tenu sa 35ème Assemblée générale au Parlement européen (Bruxelles) le 25 juin 2015 à l’invitation des Parlementaires européens Serrao Santos, Kirkos et Picula, du Groupe S&D.

10 membres du Parlement européen, la Commission européenne et des représentants insulaires de toute l’Europe ont intervenu et débattu autour de trois thèmes d’intérêt stratégique pour les îles : la cohésion, l’énergie et l’immigration devant une très large audience composée de responsables régionaux, de parties-prenantes et de nombreuses organisations.

Cet évènement a aussi été l’occasion d’une cérémonie de signature pour les nouveaux signataires du Pacte des Iles.

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5 May 2015 – 12.00 to 14.30

Lunch Briefing “Governing Ocean Resources – What role for Europe?

Hosted by MEPs Meissner and Serrão Santos. You can register by sending an email to

This briefing will discuss new research perspectives on the political, environmental, social and legal implications of these activities as well as Europe’s role in the global ocean governance system and the ongoing negotiations on the future of this system.

7 May 2015

First JPI Oceans Conference

You can find the report of the First JPI Oceans Conference here:

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.