Activities calendar

4th Atlantic Project Awards: Deadline has been extended!!!

The deadline for the 2020 Atlantic Project Awards has now been extended to 3 July 2020.  Read more and send us your Atlantic projects on: Atlantic ports and Blue Economy; Bue skills and ocean literacy; Marine renewable energy; Healthy oceans; and International Cooperation initiatives.

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, "EASME", is launching a call for proposals with a view to concluding grant agreements for projects in the field of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP).
Deadline: 
November 30, 2018
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
NEW! The total budget earmarked for this action is EUR 3.000.000.
Sector of Activity:
other

SAVE THE DATE: Atlantic stakeholder platform conference, 29 October 2015 - Brest, France

Protecting, securing and developing the Atlantic Area

Atlantic Success Stories

enlightenedThe purpose of the Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 is to unlock the potential of the sustainable Blue Economy in the Atlantic area while preserving marine ecosystems and contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation of environmental hazards.

 

New All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance political Declaration

The EU signs landmark All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Declaration with 7 partner countries

In Washington, D.C. on 13 July, the European Union, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cabo Verde, Morocco, South Africa and the United States signed a new All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Declaration. It will continue the successful journey of ocean science diplomacy and set a common path forward for ocean research cooperation in the Atlantic, from Pole to Pole, for the next decade.

Open Call for Stakeholder Workshops

Deadline for submission of application has been extended to 9 September 2022!! 

ATLANTIC PROJECT PITCH EVENT 2022 – OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Deadline for submission of applications has been extended to 9 September 2022

United Nations Ocean Conference 2022

United Nations Ocean Conference 

Save our Ocean, Protect our Future...

The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, came at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs.

The limited diversity of talent in the tech world is frequently identified as an issue that can hamper the performance and growth of innovative start-ups and scale-ups, and as such is a concern for the European Innovation Council.

Deadline: 
September 8, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 700 000 euro.
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

The opportunities created by novel technologies and disruptive innovations promise to deliver the fair and sustainable recovery Europe needs. But Europe risks missing out on these opportunities if half its population is overlooked as a source of innovation and creative talent.

Deadline: 
August 18, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 300 000 euro.
Sector of Activity:
other

EIC Transition aims at maturing both your technology and business idea thus increasing its technology and market readiness.

Deadline: 
September 28, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 131 360 126 euro.
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation

This call for proposals has the following main objectives:

Deadline: 
September 22, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 2 500 000 euro.
Sector of Activity:
Fish for animal feeding
Fish for human consumption
Marine biotechnology
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation
other

Mission Atlantic Review Meeting - Policy Session

Mission Atlantic would like to invite you to a short policy presentation regarding  

Update of the EU maritime security strategy and its action plan

The Commission would like to hear your views.

We are happy to inform you that the public consultation regarding the update of the EU Maritime Security Strategy and its Action Plan has just been launched!

Atlantic Project Awards 2022

 

ATLANTIC PROJECT AWARDS 2022 – OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Stakeholders of the Atlantic Community are invited to apply or nominate a project for the Atlantic Project Awards 2022. These will take place on the 1st of December.

World Ocean Initiative

Only 6 days left for Interreg's call to close!!

Only six days left before the deadline for the first call for project proposals. Go through the materials available on their website and finalise your project proposal before 31 May 2022 noon CEST / Paris time.

More details HERE

The “Women in the Blue Economy” call for proposals is now open

Today the European Commission has launched the “Women in the Blue Economy” call for proposals under the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF). With a EUR 2.5 million budget, the call will help increase the participation of women in the different sectors of the blue economy, such as fisheries, aquaculture, shipbuilding, maritime transport, offshore renewable energy, blue bioeconomy, as well as inland and offshore aquaculture. Up to 2 projects are expected to be funded, with an exceptional co-funding of 90%.

The EU Blue Economy report 2022

In its fifth edition, the EU Blue Economy Report continues to analyse the scope and size of the Blue Economy in the European Union. It aims at providing support to policymakers and stakeholders in the quest for a sustainable development of oceans, coastal resources and, most notably, to the development and implementation of policies and initiatives under the European Green Deal in line with the new approach for a sustainable Blue Economy. Through its economic evidence, the Report also seeks to serve as a source of inspiration to investors.

European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF)

European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund

The new infographic detailing the new European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund in now online.  Check it out here.

#EULife22 Info Days

From 18 – 20 May, CINEA will hold various virtual information sessions on the LIFE 22 Calls for proposals. 

These live virtual sessions will guide potential applicants through the LIFE programme, the Calls for proposals and the priority topics for 2022.  

Stakeholder event on the common fisheries policy, 10 June 2022

Registrations are now open for a hybrid stakeholder event on the functioning of the common fisheries policy (CFP) and common market organisation (CMO), taking place on 10 June 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. Concluding a consultation process that started last December, the event will help the European Commission prepare the report on the functioning of the CFP and CMO, due both to be adopted by the end of the year.

Participation of the Atlantic Steering Committee in the Atlantic-Arctic Lighthouse workshop

On the 7th of April, Lara Ventas, on behalf of the Atlantic Steering Committee, took part as speaker at a workshop organized by the European Union about the Mission restore our Oceans and Waters by 2030.

Dissemination and exploitation strategy for Horizon Europe

Towards an integrated dissemination & exploitation ecosystem. The publication contains information on the background, vision and mission, objectives and related activities of the Dissemination and Exploitation (D&E) Strategy for Horizon Europe. The aim is to inform R&I stakeholders of the integrated D&E ecosystem.

Turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities is the ambition of the green transition. The European Green Deal has the goal to ma

Deadline: 
October 18, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 36763277
Sector of Activity:
other

SMART SPECIALISATION FOR MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY | REGISTRATION FORM

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BlueInvest: Commission and EIF agree to mobilise €500 million with new equity fund for blue economy

At the BlueInvest Days 2022 in Brussels, Commissioner Virginius Sinkevičius and European Investment Fund (EIF) Deputy Chief Executive, Roger Havenith have announced a new dedicated equity initiative for the blue economy under InvestEU.  

EUMOFA Published Meagre in the EU

EUMOFA is pleased to announce the publication of a new Price Structure Analysis entitled Meagre in the EU.

ProtoAtlantic: Innovation in the Marine Environment in the Atlantic Area Region

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ProtoAtlantic, an Interreg Atlantic Area funded project, provided marine-specific support mechanisms to marine start-ups and SMEs in emerging sectors, including business support through the accelerator and mentorship programs, enabling companies to fast track their product development through access to prototyping and testing facilities in all partner regions.

Background: 

The European Commission has through the Blue Growth objectives for the first time highlighted marine sectors as unique market opportunities with high growth potential which carry socio-economic importance to the development of coastal regions. Particularly marine sectors such as aquaculture, marine robotics, and marine renewable energy which fulfil global needs in food safety and security, enable monitoring and exploration in harsh and remote conditions, and globally growing energy needs were recognized as catalysts to achieve sustainable development.
Marine start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) were identified as potential drivers in emerging marine sectors. However, they require support mechanisms tailored to their needs as they are competing for the same business and financial support as land-based SMEs, yet the research and development infrastructure is more difficult to access.

Objectives: 

The main objective of the project was to develop a model for the prototyping and exploitation of innovative ideas in the maritime sector.
We identified product innovation capacity in the maritime sector willing to address emerging markets in a cocreation paradigm with the local start-up communities, research centres and universities.
We based the project actions in existing co-working spaces and blue acceleration programs specialized in the marine sector and replicated success stories. For that purpose, we implemented an acceleration program, starting from ideation to market access where a normed and structured process was used to manage product innovation. The acceleration programs attracted innovative ideas, covering from business model to market validation, including test phases in the most important European infrastructures.
The PROTOATLANTIC network allowed us to find the best place to build and test the prototype, and to identify the best places for the company to establish and launch its business. We involved policymakers and business support agencies to provide the ecosystem of legal and long-term support.

Results and Transferability: 

The main objective of the project was to develop a model for the prototyping and exploitation of innovative ideas in the maritime sector.
We identified product innovation capacity in the maritime sector willing to address emerging markets in a cocreation paradigm with the local start-up communities, research centres and universities.
We based the project actions in existing co-working spaces and blue acceleration programs specialized in the marine sector and replicated success stories. For that purpose, we implemented an acceleration program, starting from ideation to market access where a normed and structured process was used to manage product innovation.
The acceleration programs attracted innovative ideas, covering from business model to market validation, including test phases in the most important European infrastructures.
The PROTOATLANTIC network allowed us to find the best place to build and test the prototype, and to identify the best places for the company to establish and launch its business. We involved policy makers and business support agencies to provide the ecosystem of a legal and long-term support.

Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

The Interreg Atlantic Area encompasses partner regions in France, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, and Spain. The consortium partners consist of Technopôle Brest Iroise (Brest, France), University College Cork – UCC (Cork, Ireland), County Council Cork (Cork, Ireland), INESC TEC (Porto, Portugal), the European Marine Energy Centre – EMEC (Orkney, Scotland), EMERGE (Canary Islands, Spain), and the lead partner, Innovalia Association (Canary Islands, Spain). The strategic collaboration between the partners provided marine start-ups access to testing facilities in the Atlantic Ocean. The extreme living laboratories provided by EMEC, the LiR National Ocean Testing Facilities at UCC’s Centre of Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI centre), and INESC TEC promise harsh real-life conditions which test the suitability of marine technologies to the limit thereby providing start-ups and SMEs with an extra layer of confidence in
developing their technologies. This cross-regional collaboration puts the ProtoAltantic program in a unique position, as it is the first of its kind to dedicate marine-specific support to marine startups and SMEs which have benefited from the opportunities that ProtoAtlantic has provided.

Funding instrument used: 
INTERREG
Project or best practice title: 
ProtoAtlantic: Innovation in the Marine Environment in the Atlantic Area Region
Country: 
Spain
Region: 
Canary Islands
City: 
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Funding contribution (€): 
1.390.421,22
Private contribution (€): 
463.473,74

Future of Biofuels Summit 19-20 Oct 2022 Copenhagen, Denmark

4th European Conference and Expo
Future of Biofuels 2022

19-20 October, Copenhagen, Denmark

After successful 2021 with over 150+ participants new 2022 will take place in Copenhagen on 19-20 October 2022.

Two workshops - Ports and Ocean literacy teams of the AAP 2.0 | Registration

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EU4Ocean in action awards: Call for nominations!

The EU4Ocean coalition, an initiative supported by the European Commission (EC), Directorate General Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), is nearly two-year old. It is time to celebrate this milestone and the many contributions of its growing communities to Let’s make Europe Blue!

Proposals are expected to focus on marine ecosystem restoration at a large scale through:

Deadline: 
April 12, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

Proposals under this topic will focus on innovation actions in protection, conservation and enhancement of the EU's blue natural capital that have the potential to be up scaled and reproduced at European level and beyond.

Deadline: 
April 12, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

Union Civil Protection Mechanism

The Union Civil Protection Mechanism budget for the next 7 years (2021-2027) amounts to €3.3 billion. This encompasses the Multiannual Financial Framework allocation of €1.263 billion and the additional Next Generation EU allocation of €2.056 billion as a temporary reinforcement addressing the recovery needs of the EU and its Member States as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis.

Disasters know no borders. The risks posed by natural and man-made hazards are cross-border due to their spatial dimension (e.g. earthquakes, fires, severe weather, floods and space weather), as well as the volatility and scale of their impacts (e.g.

Deadline: 
May 24, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Environmental monitoring
other

This topic aims to contribute to setting standards for future inherently safer hydrogen bunkering for inland shipping, and for short-distance sea-going maritime applications, including in island contexts.

Deadline: 
September 20, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

FORTHCOMING - Planned opening date 30 June 2022

Deadline: 
November 23, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

The Mission Ocean, seas and water WP part under Horizon Europe, defines “lighthouses” as “hubs and platforms supporting the development and deployment of transformative innovative solutions in all forms – technological, social, business, governance, ensuring fast progress towards the achievem

Deadline: 
April 12, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

Progress towards climate neutrality of waterborne transport can be achieved more quickly by means of retrofit solutions that improve the performance of the existing fleet (sea-going and IWT) whilst solutions which are exclusive to new ships can only be implemented at the pace of the commercially

Deadline: 
April 26, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
Shipbuilding (excl. leisure boats) and ship repair
other

In the context of the CISE transitional phase, the main objectives of this call for proposals are to enhance the cooperation between public maritime authorities (including European Commission Services and EU Agencies) by promoting the development of at leas

Deadline: 
April 7, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

Pilot Action on Partnerships for Regional Innovation: Your region can apply now

The European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have launched the call of interest for a new pilot action on Partnerships for Regional Innovation. The Pilot Action will involve up to 24 European participants (Member States, regions or groups of regions) who feel driven to transform their economies and societies and who are willing to further develop their own strategic policy framework dealing with innovation, industrial development, sustainability transitions and broader economic and social development.

Pilot Action on Partnerships for Regional Innovation: Your region can apply now!

Objective:

Deadline: 
April 25, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Portugal to auction 3-4 GW of floating offshore wind farms in summer

LISBON, March 16 (Reuters) - Portugal plans to hold its first auction for floating offshore farms this summer, which it hopes will be able to produce between 3 and 4 gigawatts (GW) of power in 2026, Environment and Energy Transition minister Joao Matos Fernandes told Reuters.

Read more here

Source: Reuters, Reporting by Sergio Goncalves

Participation of Spanish National Hub in the Macro Regional Strategies week

Today, March 10th, the Spanish National Hub of the Atlantic Action Plan took part as speaker at a workshop organized by DG MARE and DG REGIO within the Macro Regional Strategies week (7 to 11 March 2022). The workshop, titled “S3 interregional cooperation on sustainable blue economy: Cross fertilisation among MacroRegional Strategies an

Floating offshore wind has the potential to unleash a new European industrial sector able to deliver clean and sustainable energy.

Deadline: 
February 23, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

Project results are expected to contribute to some of the following expected outcomes:

Deadline: 
February 23, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

As wind turbines grow bigger and taller, the blade tips are increasing more affected by turbulent atmospheric flow features, while airborne wind energy systems operate at even higher altitudes.

Deadline: 
February 23, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

Deadline: 
April 26, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
Other Sector of Activity: 
Energy supply

Projects are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:

Deadline: 
March 30, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Environmental monitoring
Research & innovation
other

Objective:

Deadline: 
April 26, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture
Marine biotechnology

Objectives

Deadline: 
March 10, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Coastal protection
Environmental monitoring
other

The objective of this call is to set up a small grant facility for projects in the EU Outermost Regions (ORs) and the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration and sustainable use of ecosystem services, including ecosystem-based approaches to cl

Deadline: 
April 26, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
32 000 000
Sector of Activity:
Marine biotechnology
Protection of habitats
other

In the context of the CISE transitional phase, the main objectives of this call for proposals are to enhance the cooperation between public maritime authorities (including European Commission Services and EU Agencies) by promoting the development of at leas

Deadline: 
April 7, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
2 437 500
Sector of Activity:
other

The objective is to support the deployment of Alternative Fuel supply infrastructure for waterborne transport by supporting low-emission solutions in the transition phase towards decarbonising maritime and inland waterway transport along the TEN-T network.

Deadline: 
June 7, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
Available budget is 125 000 000 per year.
Sector of Activity:
other

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Deadline: 
December 31, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Maritime and coastal tourism

The European Commission has launched the first Call for projects for the new Interregional Innovation Investment instrument (I3).

Deadline: 
February 1, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

European Maritime Day 2022

The European Maritime Day (EMD) is the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and outline joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy.

Pillar II and IV - Workshop 2 | Registration

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The call for proposals “Flagship projects promoting a sustainable blue economy through regional maritime cooperation in the Atlantic, the Black Sea and the Western Mediterranean (EMFAF-2021-PIA-FLAGSHIP)” is now published on the

Deadline: 
January 12, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Maritime and coastal tourism
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation

Pilla III - Workshop 2 | Registration

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In the context of the CISE transitional phase, the main objectives of this call for proposals are to enhance the cooperation between public maritime authorities (including European Commission Services and EU Agencies) by promoting the development of at leas

Deadline: 
January 18, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
Available budget: 2 437 500
Sector of Activity:
other

Renewable energy technologies will be evermore present in the lives of European citizens, thus a harmonious co-existence is essential.

Deadline: 
February 23, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
Available budget: 10 000 000 EURO
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation

In line with the European Green Deal’s zero pollution ambition and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, successful proposals will support the development and implementation of a policy vision and the transition needed to reach clean European seas, cutting across behavioural, social-economic a

Deadline: 
October 6, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 3 000 000 EURO.
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
Other Sector of Activity: 
Ocean sustainability

In support to the European Green Deal and climate initiatives, and the EU Arctic Policy, successful proposals will contribute to strengthening the ocean - climate nexus and our understanding of the ocean and polar regions, as an integral part of the Earth’s climate system.

Deadline: 
October 6, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 15 000 000 EURO
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
International Cooperation

The successful proposal will contribute to fostering a sustainable, balanced and inclusive coastal development, supporting the implementation of the European Green Deal, incorporating a better understanding of the environmental, socio-economic, behavioural, cultural and demographic drivers of cha

Deadline: 
October 6, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 6 000 000 EURO.
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

Pillar I Workshop 3 | Registration

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8th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference | Pre-Registration Form

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5th Atlantic Project Awards 2021

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Please check the award guidelines to see the criteria that should be identified and included in the project description.
Cite at least one best practice demonstrated by the project.
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Blue Economy open call will run from 2 June to 3 August 2021, 5pm CEST.

DigiCirc is looking for European SMEs/Start-ups that can use digital tools and apply cutting-edge solutions in the circular economy by addressing specific challenges in the domain of Blue Economy.

Deadline: 
August 3, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Team

 

Central Team

Antonio Rodriguez

António Rodrigues​

António Rodrigues is the Engagement Leader of the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan. António is PwC Portugal's Strategy & Corporate Finance Advisor Partner, the Lead Partner in Restructuring Advisory and a member of the PwC Blue Economy Centre of Excellence.  In his carreer, António has developed and implemented several projects related to maritime industries for Ports authorities (business plan and economic and financial feasibility study), offshore energy companies (financial advisory and feasibility studies), cargo container operators.  More specifically, he has advised in the preparation of the business plan and economic and financial feasibility study of the cruise activity in the Port of Leixões for the launch of a future concession.  António studied Economics at the Economics Faculty of the University of Porto, participated in Client´s Strategic Agenda Program from INSEAD - Fontainebleau, the Advanced Restructuring Executive Program in INSEAD - Singapore, Business Management Executive Program in Nova-Católica and Leadership and Strategy Executive Program from Kellogg School of Management.  He speaks Portuguese and English fluently.


Andre GomezAndré Gomes​

André Gomes is the Project Manager​ | Central Point of Contact for the Atlantic Assistance Mechanism. André is an MBA graduate with a technological academic background and successful experiences in top multinational companies in the private sector as well as in the public sector by collaborating with European Union institutions. He is an experienced senior strategy and operations consultant with solid experience in project management, consulting, strategy, operations and innovation.  André holds a BsC in Communication Systems from Kingston University (UK), a Postgraduate diploma in Management and Business Consulting from ISEG (Portugal) and an Executive MBA from ESIC Business & Marketing School (Spain).  He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish fluently.


Catherine Frideres

Catherine Frideres

Catherine Frideres is the Communications Expert of the Assistance Mechanism. Catherine is a Senior Manager at PwC Luxembourg Advisory and PwC's Accelerator. She is an entrepreneur and communications specialist with 20 years combined experience in cross-cultural communications, business acceleration coaching and in managing international projects for the public and private sectors.  Over the years, she has successfully extended public awareness of EU programmes to over 3 million European SMEs, led acceleration coaching for over 2,500 SMEs across 9 industry sectors, and managed public sector projects for trade and sustainable economic development.  She has significant expertise in designing narratives and building active communities through digital and social media platforms.  Catherine holds an MA International Studies & Diplomacy with a major in International Law from the University of London and speaks English fluently.


Elina Zempili

Elina Zempili 

Elina Zempili is the Monitoring Expert of the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan.  Elina has over 20 years of experience in managing complex EU-funded technical assistance projects and in managing multi-national teams of experts.  Elina is a leader in the international project area, specialised on the monitoring and evaluation of development projects, and has been responsible for the identification and supervision of international and local experts for the implementation of several EU development assistance projects.She has worked extensively in several EU projects, where she has managed large multi-dimensional teams comprised of experts in the various fields of communications, public relations, community buliding, monitoring, innovation, SMEs etc.  and reported successfully to the Contracting Authorities.  She has been actively involved  in the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan, holding the position of team leader since 2016.  Elina holds an MA in European Politics from Vrije Universiteit Brussels. She speaks English and Greek fluently and has a basic understanding of French.  


Leonidas Papaioannou

Leonidas Papaioannou

Leonidas Papaioannou is the National Hub Leader for the Assistance Mechanism.  Leonidas is a Director at PwC Greece, and leads the Government and Public Sector industry team, being responsible for all aspects of public sector related services.  Leonidas has significant experience in leading large-scale national or European/ international projects in areas such as policy making, public administration and market reforms, large scale transformation programs or implementation of action plans, structural funds programming and administration.  He will be responsible for the overview of the whole span of the national hub activities and quality control of their  deliverables and project outputs.  Leonidas holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Greece and an MBA from Hull University, UK.  He speaks English and Greek fluently.

National Hubs

National Hub France

Frédérick​ Herpers

Frédérick is an engineer in hydrography and oceanography. He has more than 13 years of experience in geosciences (hydrography, oceanography, geography) for civilian and military purposes (at French hydrographic office (SHOM) but also at French procurement agency for the Defence ministry. He has 5 years of experience (2008-2011) in design and implementation of integrated maritime and coastal policies (EU, national, regional and local level) as IMP advisor for French Prime Minister at Secretariat general de la Mer. He contributed to the elaboration and adoption of the French maritime policy in 2009, the law transposition of MSFD as the environmental pillar of the national strategy for the sea and the shoreline. He was project manager in French maritime consultation (2009): Grenelle de la mer mainly in charge of inter-ministerial coordination. As a consultant since 2014 at Stratégies Mer et Littoral (SML), he has been working in marine renewable energy strategy at regional or subregional level (Britanny, Loire Atlantique) in maritime strategies definition and strategic planning at local level (Pays de Lorient, Var, Loire-Atlantique, Indian Ocean (Réunion, Mayotte)). He proposed for EU FP7Coastgap project solutions to strengthen maritime macroregion political dynamics. He is in charge of SML participation in WestMed Initiative since early 2016. He is leading the assessment of Blue economy potentials in the Southern Mediterranean Sea (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel) within EU IMP CC project.  He speaks French and English fluently.


National Hub Ireland

Elizabeth Gavin

Elizabeth Gavin has over 23 years experience working on EU related programmes, firstly as an EU official in both Brussels and The Hague for the European Commission, Eurojust and Clean Sky JU. Over the past 4.5 years based in Ireland, Elizabeth has been supporting companies and third level organisations with EU funding opportunities, including working on maritime and blue economy initiatives in Ireland. Elizabeth has amassed knowledge from both within the EU institutions and in the research and innovation business community striking a unique balance in approach and understanding which she can bring to the Atlantic Assistance Mechanism in her role as National Hub coordinator for Ireland.


National Hub Portugal

Miguel Marques

Miguel is the Founder and Global Leader of PwC Economy of the Sea (Blue Economy) Worldwide Centre of Excellence, where he has been working in for 16 years as a Maritime/ Blue Economy Policy Expert. He is the author and project manager of the PwC Economy of the Sea (Blue Economy) site (in Portuguese and in English languages).  As a Maritime / Blue Economy policy expert, Miguel has already visited and interviewed the blue economy leaders in more than 50 coastal countries around the world to understand their status and best practices in the Maritime/ Blue Economy areas and produced policy written documents about strategies in maritime / sea-basin-based regions namely: European Atlantic, Black Sea, Red Sea, Guinea Golf, Macaronesia, Caribbean, Portuguese Speaking Countries Community, Turkey, Indonesia, India, USA, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, France, Macaronesia (Madeira, Azores, Canary islands and Cape Verde). Thanks to his consistent development, pioneering contributions and social responsibility efforts in Blue Economy, Miguel received the First-Class Naval Cross from the Portuguese Navy, in 2017.


National Hub Spain

Marta Pascual

Marta Pascual

Marta Pascual is currently also the Spanish National Hub for the Western Mediterranean Initiative (WestMED). She is former participant of the EU MSP Platform and has also been working as a Senior Associate Expert for the EU Commission and ECORYS in works related to MSP for Blue Growth and Blue Economy. Academically, she holds a PhD in Maritime Spatial Planning, is a former Ikerbasque Post-Doctoral Researcher and currently a Guest Researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3, Spain), where she is advancing with the Eco-modelling Research Team on the development of marine ecosystem services models using their developed semantic-modelling platform that uses artificial intelligence – ARIES.  She has more than 11 years of professional experience in the application and implementation of various European environmental and maritime directives such as the MSFD; MSPD; Habitats and Birds Directive, WFD. Her experience in research include various lines of spatial analysis, stakeholder engagement, scenario mapping, participatory mapping and marine and coastal research applied to maritime policies such as MSP, Ecosystem Services Mapping/Modelling, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Biological Valuation and Ecosystem Services Valuation (ESV).

Pillar Coordinators

Pillar 1: Ports as gateways and hubs for the blue economy

Pillar 2: Blue Skills and Ocean Literacy

Pillar 3: Marine Renewable Energy

Pillar 4: Coastal resilience & Healthy Ocean

Carlos Botana LAGARÓN

Head of sustainability department in Port Authority of Vigo

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Ana NORONHA

Executive Director of Ciência Viva

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Kerrie SHEEHAN 

Head of Research and Technology Department in Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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Phil MONBET

Deputy Director Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique

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Pillar IV Workshop | Registration

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Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

A new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU

The European Commission has published a new communication adopting a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU.

Kick off meeting of the AsPBAN project

Kick off meeting of the Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network (AspBAN) project

Workshop Nacional Del Pillar III

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Pillar I Workshop

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The main objective of Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) is to help Atlantic Area (AA) enterprises test marine renewable energy technology in real sea environments and to enable power to be economically generated from the ocean.

Deadline: 
April 2, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

1st Workshop Pillar II: Blue Skills of the Future and Ocean Literacy

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#AtlanticArea Programme is now launching a PUBLIC CONSULTATION

The Managing Authority of the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme together with the members of the Task Force are preparing the new programme for the 2021-2027 period. After several meetings and the benefit of advice from a team of experts, they are now presenting a summary of the strategy for the next Atlantic Area Programme and launching a public consultation, open to all Atlantic stakeholders and interested parties.

EASME wishes to enter into a service contract to assess the potential of algae to contribute to the EU’s climate, food and biodiversity strategies under the 2019 EU Green Deal proposal resetting the Commission's commitment to achieving zero emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 with economic grow

Deadline: 
May 31, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

Call for Tender on Algae & Climate

EASME wishes to enter into a service contract to assess the potential of algae to contribute to the EU’s climate, food and biodiversity strategies under the 2019 EU Green Deal proposal resetting the Commission's commitment to achieving zero emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 with economic growth decoupled from resource use. Learn more here: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=7169

BlueInvest Day 2021 announces new funds for the ocean economy

Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, is participating today at the BlueInvest Day 2021 conference co-organised jointly by the European Commission and the European Investment Fund where participants from 67 countries, including all EU Member States, are registered to attend.

L'appel à projets (AAP) "Accélération du Développement des Ecosystèmes d'Innovation Performants" s’inscrit dans le cadre du Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (PIA).

Deadline: 
June 28, 2021
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
other

L’appel à projets « PSPC » est un dispositif de soutien financé par le Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (PIA) qui a pour vocation de sélectionner des projets de recherche et développement structurants pour la compétitivité.

Deadline: 
June 29, 2021
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

BlueInvest Awards 2021 - Call for Pitch Candidates

The call for Pitch candidates at the BlueInvest Awards 2021 is open.

European Maritime Day in My Country 2021

In parallel with EMD Conference in Den Helder (20-21 May 2021) EMD In My Country 2021 events will take place all over Europe from April to October 2021.

Provisional political agreement on the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) for the period of 2021-2027.

On 4 December 2020, the Commission, the Council and the Parliament reached a provisional political agreement on the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) for the period of 2021-2027.

Blue Economy Window call launched today!

The 2020 Blue Economy Window – BlueInvest Grants call is open.  Interested stakeholders can submit their applications from 12 November 2020 until 16 February 2021.

The grants offered to SMEs in this blue economy window call for proposals shall help advance market-readiness of new products, services or processes.

Deadline: 
February 16, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

PORTUGAL BLUE: a new initiative for blue economy investments

The EIF and the Portuguese national promotional institution, Instituição Financeira de Desenvolvimento (IFD), launched PORTUGAL BLUE, a €50 million equity partnership to support Portuguese companies active in the area of blue economy

7th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference

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Deadline: 
January 26, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

20th anniversary of Atlantic Cities at the European Week of Cities and Regions

In the framework of Atlantic Cities’ 20th anniversary, the network and its members will hold several online workshops during the European Week of Cities and Regions.

Targeted Consultation on International Ocean Governance

Today, the European Commission and the European External Action Service launched a targeted consultation to assess development needs and options for the EU’s International Ocean Governance Agenda.

Atlantic action plan 2.0: A revamped maritime strategy to foster a sustainable blue economy and the EU Green Deal

On 23 July 2020, the European Commission adopted an updated action plan for a sustainable, resilient and competitive blue economy in the EU Atlantic area, covering France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.  

Interested stakeholders can find the informative brochure on the revised Atlantic Action Plan available here in EN, FR, PT and ES.  

The full text of the EC Communication on the Atlantic maritime strategy - Atlantic Action plan 2.0 can be found here.

Horizon 2020 - Green Deal Call, "Towards a Digital Twin of the Ocean"

The European Commission will publish soon (expected date is 17 September 2020) an approximate 1 billion Euro call titled "Green Deal for Research Proposals"

The Green Deal call, expected to be published on 17 September 2020, will mobilise research and innovation to foster a just and sustainable societal transition aiming at ‘leaving nobody behind’. Projects are expected to deliver tangible and visible results relatively quickly and show how research and innovation can provide concrete solutions for the Green Deal main priorities.

Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

OCEAN/BLUE GROWTH PROJECTS: Citizen engagement regarding HE Mission Caring for Mission Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters

"Let's fulfill our EU Missions. Get involved."

Let's help our ocean, seas, lakes and rivers to recover by 2030..

Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters #MissionOcean

#EUBeachCleanUp goes online

Our Ocean starts with you! Together, we can turn a drop in the ocean into a wave of change.

The present call targets projects on low-carbon technologies and processes in all sectors covered by Directive 2003/87/EC (the EU ETS Directive): 

Deadline: 
October 29, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy

The objective of this call for proposals is to support the establishment and implementation of Maritime Spatial Plans in line with the objectives pursued in the framework of the MSP Directive.

Deadline: 
November 10, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

EU: Regenerating our ocean and waters by 2030

In this interim report, the Mission Board on Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters propose a Mission to regenerate European ocean and waters by 2030.

National Hubs

EN:  Please note that the current Assistance Mechanism’s National Hubs are not operational as of 13 July 2020 and we will inform you as soon as new National Hubs are appointed. You may contact the Assistance Mechanism Central team at helpdesk@atlanticstrategy.eu or at the individual National Hub emails which will remain functional till 12 August 2020. (nationalhubfrance@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubireland@atlanticstraregy.eu; nationalhubportugal@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubspain@atlanticstrategy.eu)


FR:  Veuillez noter que le hub nationaux du mécanisme d'assistance ne sont pas opérationnels au 13 juillet 2020 et nous vous informerons dès que de nouveaux hub nationaux seront nommés. Vous pouvez contacter l'équipe centrale du mécanisme d'assistance à helpdesk@atlanticstrategy.eu ou aux e-mails individuels du hub nationaux qui resteront fonctionnels jusqu'au 12 août 2020. (nationalhubfrance@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubireland@atlanticstraregy.eu; nationalhubportugal@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubspain@atlanticstrategy.eu)


PT:  Observe que os Hubs Nacionais do Mecanismo de Assistência atual não estão operacionais a partir de 13 de julho de 2020 e informaremos assim que novos Hubs Nacionais forem nomeados. Você pode entrar em contato com a equipe da Central de Mecanismos de Assistência em helpdesk@atlanticstrategy.eu ou nos e-mails individuais do National Hub, que permanecerão funcionais até 12 de agosto de 2020. (nationalhubfrance@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubireland@atlanticstraregy.eu; nationalhubportugal@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubspain@atlanticstrategy.eu)


ES:  Tenga en cuenta que los Unidads Nacionales del Mecanismo de Asistencia actual no están operativos desde el 13 de julio de 2020 y le informaremos tan pronto como se designen nuevos Unidads Nacionales. Puede ponerse en contacto con el equipo de Central del Mecanismo de Asistencia en helpdesk@atlanticstrategy.eu o en los correos electrónicos individuales de Unidads Nacionales que permanecerán operativos hasta el 12 de agosto de 2020. (nationalhubfrance@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubireland@atlanticstraregy.eu; nationalhubportugal@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubspain@atlanticstrategy.eu)


 

EU Blue Economy Report 2020

In June 2020 the European Commission published “The EU Blue Economy Report 2020”, providing an overview of the performance of the EU economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment. With a turnover of €750 billion in 2018, the EU blue economy is in good health. There were also 5 million people working in the blue economy sector in 2018, representing a significant increase of 11.6% compared to the year before.

Call for workshops for the ASPC2020 has been launched...

The Call for Workshops for the 7th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference to be held in Bordeaux has just opened.

AYCH Kids II Drawing contest ends on 30 June 2020

Atlantic Cities has extended its deadline for the AYCH Kids II Drawing Contest 2020 to 30 June 2020.

Looking for an Atlantic Keynote Speaker

Did you know that the Atlantic Cities network is turning 20 this year and is looking for an Atlantic Keynote Speaker to speak in the celebrations to be held in their workshop during the European Week of Cities and Regions next October in Brussels?

EU4Ocean Coalition coming soon: join the announcement on World Ocean Day!

On Monday 8 June, on World Ocean Day, the Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit will be livestreamed between 11:00 and 14:00.

The Call for Proposals for Atlantic Ports has just been launched

The European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (EMFF) just announched the call for proposals for "Cross-sectoral development of innovative port clusters in the Atlantic: Developing a blue accelerator scheme for Atlantic ports". The overarching objective of this call is to boost entrepreneurship and foster a sustainable blue economy in the Atlantic area by increasing the competitiveness and resilience of Atlantic ports. More specifically, this action aims at supporting:

The overarching objective of this call is to boost entrepreneurship and foster a sustainable blue economy in the Atlantic area by increasing the competitiveness and resilience of Atlantic ports. 

Specifically, this action aims at supporting:

Deadline: 
September 10, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The overall budget for 2020 is 1 100 000.
Sector of Activity:
Transport (port connectivity and accessibility)

L’appel à projets « PSPC » est un dispositif de soutien financé par le Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (PIA) qui a pour vocation de sélectionner des projets de recherche et développement structurants pour la compétitivité.

Projets attendus

Deadline: 
September 30, 2020
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

Le présent appel à projets (AAP), ouvert pour les PME, ETI de moins de 2000 salariés et les laboratoires académiques de la région Bretagne, s’inscrit dans cette dynamique d’appui à l’innovation maritime au profit du développement économique territorial, en étroite relation avec les part

Deadline: 
July 10, 2020
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
other

This is a call for proposals for EU grants in the field of fisheries data collection aimed at strengthening regional cooperation, in accordance with the 2020 Work Programme for grants and procurement financed under the EMFF.

Deadline: 
July 31, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture
other

COVID-19 and the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelarator

On 30 April 2020, the European Commission announced an additional €150 million for the European Innovation Council to fund breakthrough ideas tackling coronavirus.

Brexit Disclaimer

The Commission is in the process of updating some of the content on this website in light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is unintentional and will be addressed.

Last Update:  February 1, 2020

The 2020 LIFE call for proposals in the Climate action sub-programme is now open and new features have been added relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Applicants are requested to visit the programme's webpage regularly to stay up to date with all changes and new measures.

Deadline: 
July 16, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

The 2020 LIFE call for proposals in the Environment sub-programme is now open and new features have been added relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Applicants are requested to visit the programme's webpage regularly to stay up to date with all changes and new measures.

Deadline: 
June 12, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

7th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, November 19, 2020

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State aid: Commission approves €20 million Portuguese credit line scheme to support fishery and aquaculture sector in coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved a Portuguese scheme to support the Portuguese fishery and aquaculture sector in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020.

Coronavirus: Commission launches 2020 EMFF pre-financing process

On 7 April 2020, the European Commission launched the 2020 EMFF pre-financing measures specifically to support fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Member States.

Coronavirus response: Further EU support to fisheries and aquaculture sectors

On 2 April 2020, the European Commission proposed a new set of measures under the EMFF to support fisheries and aquaculture sectors from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is a FORTHCOMING Call for Grants/Blended Financing. The planned opening date is 26 March 2020 but the call has not been opened yet.

Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

The Blue-GIFT project represents a unique opportunity to gain access to world leading marine renewable energy test facilities and expertise and it opened its 2nd call for applications for ocean energy demonstration.

Deadline: 
April 30, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy

Coronavirus: Emergency response to support the fishing and aquaculture sectors

Due to the severe impact of COVID-19 on fishing and aquaculture sectors, DG MARE published guidance to EU Member States outlining existing tools and instruments so as to support their local communities.

Ocean Hackathon® is a 48-hour non-stop event during which teams work solely from a range of marine digital data to develop a prototype and examine its possible uses.  A call for challenges issued a few months prior to the event identifies the projects on which each team in the participating towns and cities will focus.

Deadline: 
April 20, 2020
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
other

The three Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) are pleased to announce an additional call for proposals on Scientific Networking and Transfer Projects.

Deadline: 
May 18, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

The call will support research and innovation projects that establish integrated and cross-sectoral approaches for risk-management combining the research areas of contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistance.

Deadline: 
May 18, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Environmental monitoring

MarTERA launched a joint call for transnational research and innovation projects in 2020.

Deadline: 
April 24, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 13M €.
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Postponement of European Maritime Day 2020

The European Commission, together with Cork City Council and the Irish Marine Coordination Group have decided to defer EMD which had been due to take place in Cork on 14-15 May 2020.You can read the EMD's team announcement here.

The 4th Atlantic Project Awards: Call is now OPEN...

The 4th Atlantic Project Awards are here! 

The time to start thinking and preparing for the Atlantic Project Awards has finally come.  

The Call of Applications to select the 2020 Atlantic Project Awards, the prestigious awards aimed to honour outstanding success stories, achieved by projects in the geographical area covered by the Atlantic Strategy and that are related to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan is now OPEN.  

Check out the guidelines for applicants, see what is required and get ready to submit the online application form before 18 June 2020!!  New Deadline 3 July 2020

The Atlantic Project Awards will showcase and promote the individual winners while at the same time highlight the incorporation and scaling up of best practices at regional and national levels while promoting the key priorities of Atlantic Strategy.

As always, awards will be granted to 5 outstanding projects (1 winner in each of the 5 categories below) that come under the umbrella of the Atlantic Strategy and the Action Plan Priorities, as recognition of outstanding performance in relevant areas/sectors. This year, projects can apply for the following categories/pillars of the new revamped Action Plan:  

  • Atlantic ports and blue economy;
  • Blue skills and ocean literacy;
  • Marine renewable energy;
  • Healthy ocean and resilient coasts; as well as for 
  • International Cooperation in the Atlantic area i.e. international dimension embodied in the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation with United States of America and Canada and its potential support to the Blue Economy; in the Atlantic research cooperation with Brazil and South Africa; in the cooperation with adjacent sea macro-regions/basins (Baltic, Mediterranean, Black Sea), etc.

All applications will be processed and evaluated by the Evaluation Committee comprising of members from the European Commission and the Atlantic Strategy Group.  All applicants, will be informed via email as regards to their applications and Award winners will be invited to attend and receive their trophies at the Awards Ceremony which will be held as part of the Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference to be held in France during Fall 2020.

We look forward to receiving your projects! In case of questions, please contact us at helpdesk@atlanticstrategy.eu

The Atlantic Strategy

The Atlantic Strategy and the 2013 – 2020 Action Plan

In 2011 the European Commission adopted an Atlantic Maritime Strategy in response to repeated calls from stakeholders for a more ambitious, open and effective cooperation in the Atlantic Ocean Area. The strategy, consistent with the EU 2020 agenda and its flagship initiatives, grouped the identified challenges and opportunities facing the Atlantic region under five main thematic headings. 

The EU’s 2013-2020 Atlantic Action Plan set out practical steps to be taken in the 4 Member States with Atlantic coasts (Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain) and their outermost regions in order to boost the Atlantic Ocean Area’s sustainable blue economy by 2020.  Its priorities were: 

Mid-Term Review - A Revised Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

The 2013 – 2020 Atlantic Action Plan underwent a mid-term review in 2017 in order to assess its performance and draw lessons from its implementation to pave the way for the future.  The Mid-term Review of the AAP, based on an independent study and a stakeholder consultation, found that by 2017 the plan had spurred over 1200 new maritime projects and nearly 6 billion euro of investments, an achievement that is visible in the EASME maritime datahub.  Based on the findings of the mid-term review, notably the potential of the action plan to create even more impact for the coastal economy, the European Commission took concrete steps in order to safely steer the Atlantic Maritime Strategy into a promising future.  A first series of workshops, revolving around themes identified as highly relevant for the Atlantic blue economy were held between September and November 2018 in the Atlantic Member States.

The revised Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 was communicated by the European Commission on 23 July 2020.  Its main objective is to unlock the potential of blue economy in the Atlantic area while preserving marine ecosystems and contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Its aims are in line with the global commitments for sustainable development and are fully integrated in the European Commission’s political priorities for 2019 - 2024, notably a European Green Deal, an Economy that works for people and a stronger Europe in the world.

The Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 includes four pillars which represent a practical way to make the common vision a reality. All pillars are integrally interconnected and transregional by nature and address key challenges and aim to foster sustainable blue growth and contribute to greater territorial cooperation and cohesion in the EU Atlantic area.  The pillars focus on issues that one coastal region and one single State cannot solve alone or it is more efficient to act together and deliver on challenges that matter in the daily lives of people living in the coastal areas.  

The research activities implemented as part of the Galway (2013) and Belém (2017) Statements and the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance cut across all pillars. They give an international dimension to the action plan and support its implementation by improving understanding of the changing Atlantic Ocean and its effects on coastal communities and by developing innovative solutions.

The governance of the Atlantic Maritime Strategy rests with the Atlantic Strategy Committee (ASC), which is responsible for the strategic decision-making related to the review, operational coordination and implementation of the Atlantic action plan. 

To support the ASC in its tasks, the Commission continues with the implementation of the Atlantic Assistance Mechanism. The assistance mechanism provides a series of services aimed at keeping stakeholders informed of the latest news on the action plan and new funding opportunities generated under the scope of the maritime strategy. It also encourages stakeholder’s participation through the organization of specialized events, mapping of funded projects that contribute to the strategy and its action plan (datahub), as well as promote development of new projects and ideas.

Join us in building a thriving Atlantic Ocean Area

The Maritime Forum aims to improve communication amongst EU maritime policy stakeholders. It allows parties interested in the EU maritime policy to communicate on a common platform. They can publish events, documents and follow developments in their areas of interest. Information can be shared amongst a closed community or published openly. Anybody can register to the forum and comment on its content.

More information on the European Commission actions related to the Atlantic strategy can be found at the DG MARE website as well as in the Useful Links.

Le présent appel à projets (AAP), ouvert pour les PME, ETI de moins de 2000 salariés et les laboratoires académiques de la région Bretagne, s’inscrit dans cette dynamique d’appui à l’innovation maritime au profit du développement économique territorial, en étroite relation avec les part

Deadline: 
July 10, 2020
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

The Atlantic Strategy Committee

The ASG members at the ASPC2019 Closing Ceremony

The Atlantic Strategy Committee (ASC)

The ASC comprises representatives from the four (4) EU Member States (France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain) bordering the Atlantic Ocean as well as representatives from the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, the Economic and Social Committee as well as representatives from coastal regions, cities and other relevant economy and social stakeholders.  

The ASC is chaired on a rotating basis by the participating countries.  The 2021 chair-in-office is Ireland.  

The ASC is the governing body of the Atlantic Strategy aiming to ensure the political and operational coordination of the Atlantic Action Plan and provide the framework for its implementation.  To that effect, each year the ASC Chair undertakes to organise the main Atlantic event – the Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference – on one of its coastal regions seeking to bring together all stakeholders to discuss the AAP implementation and bring forward new ideas, new innovations to promote blue economy in the Atlantic.  

In 2020, Atlantic stakeholders joined together virtually in France where the ASC French Chair brought us the ASPC2020.  New things are being planned for 2021 with the Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 and the Irish ASC Chair. 

Stay tuned.

SEALOGY® postponed to November 2020

SEALOGY®, the first European fair on Blue Economy scheduled to be held on 6 - 8 March is postponed in compliance with the measures adopted against Coronavirus.  The event has been rescheduled for 20-22 November 2020.

Atlantic Project Awards 2020

Are you ready to be one of the Atlantic winners and be part of the 7th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference? Stay tuned to learn how and get ready to take part in the annual Atlantic project competition to be launched very soon right here!!

Shipping contributes significantly to local air pollution in major harbour areas and around 3% of global CO2 emissions. Shipping is bound to grow together with global trade and against other sectors decarbonising more quickly.

Deadline: 
April 21, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Carbon capture and storage
Environmental monitoring
Research & innovation
other

In April 2018, the International Maritime Organisation, IMO adopted an initial strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships (overall fleet target ≥50% CO2 reduction by 2050 compared to 2008) [1

Deadline: 
April 21, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Carbon capture and storage
Environmental monitoring
Research & innovation

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

Deadline: 
April 22, 2020
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

Up to £15 million of grant funding is available through the Transforming Food Production Science and Technology into Practice programme. We are running 2 strands through this competition:

Deadline: 
February 26, 2020
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
other

From start-ups to large corporates, B4I helps companies to overcome product, manufacturing or process performance issues by leveraging more than £2bn worth of government investment in world-leading science facilities.

Deadline: 
April 1, 2021
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
other

AQUATICPOLLUTANTS joint call pre-announcement

A joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on risks posed to human health and environment by pollutants and pathogents present in the water has been pre-announced by the three JPIs.

European Commission and European Investment Fund launch €75 million BlueInvest Fund

The European Commission is partnering with the European Investment Fund, part of the European Investment Bank Group (EIB), to launch the BlueInvest Fund today.

Disclaimer

The Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan, an initiative funded by the European Commission, maintains this website to enhance public access to information about the Atlantic Strategy and European and/or national initiatives related to the Atlantic Area. The Assistance Mechanism aims to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will correct them as quick as possible.

The Assistance Mechanism accepts, however, no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the information on "Project Database" and "Stakeholder Database" sections. This part of the website provides information that has been given independently by external sources.

Hypertext links from this website may lead to third party sites. The Assistance Mechanism has no control over the information on these sites and therefore assumes no responsibility. You are encouraged to review their privacy policies.

Update:  The Commission is in the process of updating some of the content on this website in light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is unintentional and will be addressed.

Last Update:  February 1, 2020

Public Consultation on Ireland's National Marine Planning Framework

Ireland's first Draft National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) has been published and it is open for public consultation till April 9, 2020.  For information on to how to participate in the consultation period please visit the dedicated website.  

European Maritime Day In My Country 2020 event

Deadline: 31 January 2020 - Apply for your European Maritime Day In My Country 2020 event!

‘EMD in my Country’ 2020 will take place from April to June 2020. Read the call, submit your event to be part of European Maritime Day (EMD) in My Country 2020 and receive nice promotional material for your participants (organic cotton bags, notepads, posters)! 

Infographics

Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

Success Stories

Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

Pillar I

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Pillar II

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Pillar III

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Blue Economy infographic Mapping the blue economy in the Atlantic

SMEs and the Atlantic Action Plan

Atlantic Action Plan 2.0.

Roadmaps

BlueInvest Awards 2020 - the Pitch Battle

Are you ready for the BlueInvest Awards 2020 happening on 4 February 2019? Are you ready to be one of Europe's top 20 start-ups and SMEs in the Blue Economy that will be selected to pitch on the main stage to a panel of investors? 

Plus que tout autre secteur, le numérique est au croisement des filières.

Deadline: 
February 14, 2020
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Maritime and coastal tourism
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation
other

Blue-GIFT supports nine ocean energy companies to trial and validate their technologies

The first call for applications of the €2.5 million Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) project ended in September with a successful outcome for nine companies.

The CEF Transport Blending Facility is an innovative approach to promote the substantial participation of private sector investors and financial institutions in projects contributing to the

Deadline: 
February 14, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Transport (port connectivity and accessibility)

BlueInvest Grants: Investing in Blue Innovation

Deadline: 
February 27, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available call budget is EUR 22,505,000.
Sector of Activity:
other

Blue Economy Window Call

The Blue Economy Window Call was launched at the 2019 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Info Day that was held in Brussels on 25 November and was also web streamed live.

ASPC2019 moments!!

Here's a short video to look at some of the conference's moments! 

EU makes 22 new commitments for clean, healthy and safe oceans and launches The Ocean Tracker

The European Union announced 22 new commitments at the 2019 edition of Our Ocean conference held in Oslo, Norway on 23-24 October 2019, for better governance of the oceans. In addition, the EU is also launching ‘The Ocean Tracker', an interactive map to follow the over 10 billion euros commitments already made by governments, businesses and NGOs.

How much do you know about EU blue funding?

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Given 10 seconds could you explain to a child what the Executive Agency for SMEs – EASME - is and does?
Alright hotshot, which of these do you think EASME manages? (multiple selection possible)
Since you know all EASME programmes, have you ever applied to any?
Okay, but do you know what COSME does? (choose one)
Next question, what do you think EEN refers to?
Ok let´s play ´Did you know that....?'. Select the sentences which you think are true (get them all right or you receive zero points):
Not long to go now, stay sharp. In 2012, the European Commission adopted a communication on blue growth identifying 5 key sectors. Which of the sectors below was NOT included as a blue growth sector?
A fill in the gap question now, everybody loves these. On 16 January 2018, the first ever Europe-wide strategy on …......... was adopted, as part of the transition towards a more circular economy.
You are almost to the end...come on you can do it. The Atlantic Action Plan was created to support the Atlantic Strategy. Give us your best shot on the following figures: 1. The year the Atlantic Strategy was adopted 2. The number of priorities the Atlantic Action Plan has
You have made it to the final question, don´t falter now, you can do it, here we go. The EASME Maritime DataHub was created to track projects in the Atlantic area. Take your best shot at the following figures: 1. The amount of financing which has been provided for the Atlantic area under the Atlantic Action Plan since 2014 2. The number of projects in the EASME Maritime DataHub found in the Atlantic alone

BlueInvest Readiness Assistance 

Deadline: 
October 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

L’Agence française pour la biodiversité (AFB) lance la 3ème édition de l’appel à manifestation d'intérêt (AMI) Surveillance & Évaluation qui s’ouvre cette année aux eaux marines et à d’autres directives.  Cet AMI est ouvert aux entités publiques ou privées.

Deadline: 
November 3, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Protection of habitats

Le concours "Ruban Vert" a pour objectif de récompenser les bonnes pratiques de la filière des pêches maritimes.

Deadline: 
October 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

France Filière Pêche offre la possibilité de cofinancer des projets de courtes durées (maximum 12 mois) répondant à des enjeux immédiats pour la profession et dont la réactivité de mise en place est primordiale à leur réussite.

Deadline: 
October 25, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

European Maritime Day 2020- Save the Date & Call for workshops announced

SAVE THE DATE!! European Maritime Day is coming on May 14 & 15, 2020 in Cork, Ireland.

Registration for the 6th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference for Pre-Registered Participants

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Deadline: 
January 31, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy

Ocean energy could provide clean, predictable, indigenous and reliable energy and contribute to the EU's objective of reaching a share of renewables of at least 32% of the EU’s gross final consumption by 2030.

Deadline: 
January 15, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget for this call for proposals is 2 300 000
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
ocean monitoring

Nominate your favourite Atlantic inventor

Nominate your favourite Atlantic inventor to the European Inventor Award 2020

BlueInvest Platform

The BlueInvest platform is now open! Check it out today to discover a variety of services aimed to support investment readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups in the blue economy.

Cet appel à projets (AAP), ouvert tout au long de l’année pour les PME, ETI de moins de 2000 salariés, et aux laboratoires académiques de la région Bretagne s’inscrit dans cette dynamique d’appui à l’innovation maritime au profit du développement économique territorial, en étroite relation avec l

Deadline: 
September 15, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
other

La Région Bretagne lance la quatrième édition de l'appel à projets «expérimentation d’innovations numériques» visant à créer une dynamique régionale par l’accélération et la mise sur le marché de produits et services numériques innovants appliqués à une ou plusieurs des filières prioritaires

Deadline: 
November 25, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Marine biotechnology
Ocean renewable energy
other

BlueInvest Events

BlueInvest events aim to bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and enablers in the Blue Economy, with the objective of generating concrete business opportunities and visibility for your business.

The Call Blue Economy invests between 300 thousand euros and one million euros in innovative, science-based and technological projects that promote innovative solutions to stimulate the competitiveness of the main value chains and the development of the sea economy sector in spec

Deadline: 
October 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture
Marine biotechnology
Maritime and coastal tourism
Ocean renewable energy
other

Marine litter is high on the scientific and political agendas and of major concern for European citizens. More than 80 percent of marine litter is plastic. It is estimated that by 2050, more plastic could be in the ocean than fish.

Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The budget available for this call is 13 200 000.
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture
Protection of habitats
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
Marine litter

Deadline: 
June 19, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

4th MaRINET2 call is now OPEN

The MaRINET2 project has a new call open to provide access to marine research facilities. If you’re looking to test your offshore renewable device or component, you could get free access to one of dozens of facilities.

Tackle Marine Litter With The Marine LitterWatch App

Collect litter at the beach and become a scientist for the day with the Marine Litter Watch app!  

Litter, plastics in particular, is accumulating in our seas and coasts mainly due to current unsustainable consumption and production patterns, poor waste management and the lack of public awareness. Marine litter is an increasing threat to the marine environment, to human health and our well-being. It has cross border impacts on wildlife and habitats. Without tackling marine litter, Europe cannot have healthy seas.  

Objectifs:  L'aide régionale à l'installation en saliculture a pour objectifs prioritaires :

Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Agriculture on saline soils

Contexte:  Le Schéma régional de développement du tourisme et des loisirs (SRDTL) 2017‐2020 a inscrit dans ses priorités le développement d’un plan d’actions dédié au nautisme en Pays de la Loire.

Deadline: 
May 22, 2020
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Cruise tourism

Objectifs:  Aménager et gérer durablement les plages en améliorant la sécurité et les conditions d’accueil du public, en canalisant et gérant les flux, en renforçant la préservation du site.

Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Coastal tourism

La ordenación del espacio acuícola y se podrán conceder ayudas a proyectos que contribuyan al desarrollo de las zonas de producción, y las infraestructuras acuícolas y adopción de medidas que reduzcan el impacto medioambiental negativo de sus actividades.

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture

Mejorar la calidad e incrementar el control y la trazabilidad de los productos desembarcados, aumentar la eficiencia energética, contribuir a la protección del medio ambiente y mejorar las condiciones de trabajo y seguridad de los pescadores y favorecer el cumplimiento de desembarque de todas las

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
other

UN Ocean Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean.

In line with the objectives of Open Science and Open Innovation, the challenge is to make data FAIR through an effective common information system that allows in particular business-to-business data sharing and enables new or improved products, processes and services.

Deadline: 
December 12, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

This initiative aims to bring together relevant players in a number of countries to test how the framework can function as a catalyst and a tool to foster the entrepreneurial skills of young people and citizens in general.

Deadline: 
August 22, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The Call's available budget is 1,000,000
Sector of Activity:
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
Entrepreneurship

The objective of this call for proposals is to support the establishment and implementation of Maritime Spatial Plans in line with the objectives pursued in the framework of the MSP Directive.

Deadline: 
September 4, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
Maritime Spatial Planning

Results of the consultation workshops for the new Atlantic Action Plan

The results of the consultation process, structured through five (5) workshops, one per Atlantic Member State, for the new Atlantic Action plan are in.  

Building on the choice of subjects of discussion in each of the workshops, a number of topics of high importance for Atlantic Stakeholders were identified:

Atlantic Games 2018

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Summary: 

At the origin, Atlantic Watersports Games were born out of a desire of several European Celtic cities and regions from the Atlantic Arc to promote marine activities through an international competition for young people.  Since 1995, between 300 and 400 young athletes compete each year in sailing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, surf lifesaving, open waters swimming and fin swimming, to place their region or their city on the highest step of the podium.

Stakeholder typology: 
Background: 

The Atlantic Games are part of the events which, each year, highlight the maritime and nautical assets of the regions of the European Atlantic Area. The common points between these countries and regions are numerous:

  • Bathed by the sea and subjected to the oceanic climate, these regions are rich of wonderful and varied landscapes, from Scotland to Galicia, Ireland, Portugal or Brittany;
  • All these regions are impregnated by their origins and their strong Celtic and oceanic identities;
  • They have close economic characteristics: agriculture, fishing, sea linked industries;
  • They are located at the occidental end of Europe and subjected to the constraints as to the assets resulting;

Our countries and regions have, without a doubt, a common destiny, linked to their maritimity.  The Games actively showcase traditional and new water sports as well as the main sites where they are practised in the Atlantic area.  At the first European marine leisure conference that took place at the end of October 2011 in Brest, France, the Atlantic Games were highlighted as a key event in the development of water sports and Atlantic maritime culture.

Supported by the Atlantic Arc Commission, the Atlantic Cities Conference and the European Commission this event is also strengthen the network of people involved in water sports on annual meeting basis thanks to the Erasmus + Sport - D.A.W.N Project.

In 2018, the Atlantic Games won the Atlantic Award for “Accessibility and connectivity” handed by the Atlantic Strategy Group which is composed of representatives of the five Atlantic Member States and the European Institutions (DG Mare).

Objectives: 

The Atlantic Area is one of the world’s main marine basins used for water sports. Athletes from this area have regularly climbed the Olympic podium. The Games bring together young people of the highest regional, national and sometimes international level in water sport disciplines recognised by international sports Federations.  Based on its international nature, it is an incredibly rich sporting experience for young people that are aiming for futures on the world and Olympic level.  More open than the selection for the World or European Championships, the Games allow sports federations to send and watch young hopefuls’ athletes in a foreign challenge.

The Atlantic Games aim to:

  • Promote water sports at a supranational level;
  • Share good practices and experiences;
  • Develop cooperation projects at European level;
  • Develop a transnational network of water sports stakeholders;
  • Communicate effectively on key topics that deal with water sports;
  • Encourage the civic engagement of young people in the European Atlantic Area.
Results and Transferability: 

Beyond the competition, for 10000 young people the Games embody the daily development of European citizenship. They have also contributed to strengthen Maritime values: Solidarity / Commitment /Sharing and Olympic Values: Excellence / Respect / Friendship.

Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

For the 2018 edition, the Atlantic Games were back on the Pays de la Loire, and after the Vendée in 2014, it was in the Loire Atlantique and more precisely in Saint-Nazaire and Pornichet that the European Youth had set up Rendez-Vous.  In June 2017, the Atlantic Water Sports Committee entrusted the organisation to the Comité Régional Olympique et Sportif des Pays de la Loire, representing the Pays de la Loire sports movement. All water sports federations and their affiliated structures (leagues, committees and local clubs) have mobilized in the implementation of the competitions in order to meet the challenge of making these Games an example of interregional cooperation in favour of an ambitious Atlantic water sports network. They have also made it possible to promote Loire know-how in the promotion and development of Nautical Activities. 

From 26 to 31 August 2018, at 2 competition venues: Saint Nazaire (Grande Plage, Plage de la Courance and Etang de Bois-Joalland) and Pornichet (Port) are about 300 young athletes from 12 to 21 years old, from 15 Atlantic cities and regions (New Aquitaine, Aviles, Brittany, Cantabria, Galicia, Ireland, Viana Do Castelo, Basque Country, Pays de Loire) who have gathered to make the Atlantic Games 2018 a beautiful celebration of youth, the sea and Europe. These young athletes, girls and boys who were able to glimpse or consolidate a career as top athletes, some of whom were involved in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, were involved in 6 nautical and aquatic activities: rowing, canoeing, swimming with fins, swimming in open water, sports lifesaving and sailing.  Competitions but also an opening ceremony, entertainment and a conference on the place des Sports Nautiques in the European Atlantic Area as part of the Erasmus+ Sport D. A. W. N. project, a most festive programme concocted with the collaboration of the City of Saint-Nazaire.

Funding instrument used: 
Erasmus+ Sport
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Project or best practice title: 
Atlantic Games 2018
Country: 
France
Region: 
Pays de la Loire
Funding contribution (€): 
€56,400
Private contribution (€): 
€208,600

SpilLess- First-line response to oil spills based on native microorganism cooperation

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Summary: 

SpilLess aims to develop and implement new and viable solutions to tackle one of the most damaging sources of maritime pollution: oil spills. These solutions will be marketable services and products based on the production of native microbial consortia with bioremediation capacity and on the adaptation of unmanned autonomous vehicles for in-situ contamination combat. By combining biotechnology with robotics, SpilLess pretends to create a novel approach that can be used as a first-line response to pollution incidents in a fast, efficient and low-cost way.

Stakeholder typology: 
Background: 

Marine oil spills are catastrophic events that lead to high losses of marine life and ecosystems. Oil spill incidents occur regularly during the exploration, production, refining, transport and storage of petroleum and petroleum products. In recent years, several oil spill disasters have occurred, with Deepwater Horizon (2010) being considered one of the larger accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, leading to the spill of over 500.000 tons of crude oil, at the Gulf of México. In the last 50 years, several major spills occurred in the NW Iberian Peninsula, one of the main routes of oil cargo in Europe, as a result of tanker accidents. In 1975, the oil tanker Jakob Maersk, which was loaded with 80.000 tons of heavy crude oil and 4.000 tons of heavy fuel, hit a sandbank while entering the sea harbour of Leixões (Porto, North of Portugal) and ended up exploding and breaking apart. As a result, around 50.000 tons of oil were consumed by fire, 25.000 tons were drifted at sea and 15.000 tons came to shore. More recently, in 2002, the oil tanker Prestige sank at 250 km from the coast of Galicia (North of Spain) spilling more than 60.000 tons of crude oil, polluting thousands of kilometres of coastline and causing great harm to the local fishing industry.  This was considered one of the larger environmental disasters in the history of Iberian Peninsula. Jakob Maersk and Prestige cases occupy the 13th and 20th position, respectively, at the ranking of the worldwide major oil spills (ITOF 2015).

The occurrence of such incidents requires immediate, simple, effective and eco-friendly actions to minimize environmental damages. First-line responses typically include physical (e.g., controlled burning; absorbing) and chemical (e.g., dispersing) removal of oil, which is largely constrained by maritime conditions. Though these treatments are important to rapidly control the diffusion and drift of the oil, they are not suitable for ecological restoration. Recently, bioremediation using microorganisms to degrade the remaining spilled oil has been proposed as a cost-effective alternative to the use of chemical additives. The use of microorganisms with a natural capacity to degrade petroleum is highly advantageous in that it is an environmentally friendly process and allows complete decomposition of complex petroleum hydrocarbons. The efficient biodegradation of oil spills requires a jointed action of a consortium of microorganisms, i.e., a group of diverse microbial species with a complementary range of metabolic capabilities, rather than the action of individual microbial species.

Objectives: 

The overall aim of the SpilLess project is the implementation of an innovative “laboratory” (Blue Lab) to pilot new and viable solutions to tackle with maritime pollution (in particular, oil spills). These solutions will be based on the production of native microbial consortiawith bioremediation capacity, and the adaptation of unmanned and autonomous vehicles for in-situ release of autochthonous microorganisms (bioaugmentation) and nutrients (biostimulation). By doing so, these systems can be used as first line responders to pollution incidents in a fast, efficient and low cost way. Such innovative solutions aim to:

  • be environment-friendly, by using native organisms to naturally degrade oil spills, and thus avoiding the introduction of additional chemical or biological additives;
  • integrate first line responses to oil spill incidents, by using unmanned and autonomous vehicles, which are able to operate under unfavourable and harsh conditions with low human intervention;
  • set-up holistic pollution combat missions, by jointly combining air, surface and underwater vehicles;
  • increase the overall efficiency of the oil spill combat missions, by acting on defined targets and areas;
  • offer valuable data, by equipping the vehicles with sensors, which can perform environmental monitoring (before, during and after oil spill combat missions);
  • decrease the overall time to reaction and mission costs, by using unmanned and autonomous vehicles, whose deployment is faster and less costly than using boats, planes or helicopters. 

SpilLess scientific strategy includes a comprehensive set of tasks addressed to attain the following specific objectives: 

  • To produce a georeferenced microbial consortia bank at a pilot scale. The native consortia with high ability to degrade petroleum compounds will be viably preserved for future biomass production and application at the native geographic region from which the microbial consortia has been obtained;
  • develop a work flow for scale up production of the selected native microbial consortia;
  • specify, develop and deploy the containers and release systems for microorganisms and nutrients, which will be coupled to three different types of unmanned systems;
  • specify, develop and deploy the application for planning and controlling the oil spill combat mission, and for data acquisition and processing;
  • demonstrate the full multi-domain semi-autonomous in-situ oil spill combat system at a “quasi-real” scenario,
  • exploitation of results to bring the products/ services to the market in the appropriate sea basins and beyond (exploitation plan).
Results and Transferability: 

The direct outputs of SpilLess are three innovative productsand one innovative serviceto bioremediate oil spills. One product will be a library of native microbial consortia of north-western coast of the Iberian Peninsula with high ability to biodegrade petroleum. The second product will be a lyophilized formula of a native microbial consortiumup-scaled under optimised conditions for bioremediation of oil spills, associated with a nutrient kit to boost microbial optimal performance. This product will be at a pilot scale at the end of the project and intends to be market ready two years after the project. The third product will be the containers and release systems (microbial launchers) for application of bioremediation treatments by aerial, surface and underwater vehicles. This will imply mechanisms to release bacteria and nutrients from three distinct ways: (i) from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for rotary wing with high positioning accuracy, to combat the leakage from the surface "inner" areas; (ii) from an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) to release microbial consortia on the stroke border areas; (iii) from an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) / remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to release microbial consortia in the water column and the seabed.

Another result of SpilLess will be the service that allows integrated oil spills bioremediation, using native microbial consortium and autonomous systems with the microbial launchers. This service will be flexible, in order to be applied in accidental oil spills under different scenarios, not only large-scale oil spills accidents but also small oil leakages in confined spaces, such as marinas and harbours, but also to clean the leaks from oil transfer harbour operations. 

This project will also contribute to mitigate negative impacts of pollution on the marine environment and social-economic activities by using renewable biological resources and reducing the high costs of traditional clean-up actions. Also, SpilLess will promote job opportunities in different sectors of the marine biotechnology, and will foster entrepreneurship spirit in the young scientists. Increased awareness about Blue Bioremediation and how SpilLess intends to help mitigate and engagement of the scientific community (e.g. scientific publication) and general public for the problematic of oil spills will be also relevant outputs of the Blue Lab. 

Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

SpilLess will be implemented in the Atlantic Ocean region, with focus on the sub-regions of Euroregion Galicia - Norte Portugal, an area with ports and intense oil transport activities, subject to marine pollution incidents. The transferability of the project activities and results to other regions facing similar challenges will be ensured by a business partner, who will be responsible for the exploitation plan, having offices in three sea basins: Baltic Sea (Norway), North Sea (Germany) and Atlantic Ocean (Portugal).

SpilLess is aligned with the Atlantic Strategy, which aims to ensure environmental sustainability and the quality of living conditions in coastal regions, while promoting the growth potential of maritime industries, and responds to the following priorities of the Atlantic Plan Action:

  • Priority 1 Promote entrepreneurship and innovation:  SpilLess will respond to the specific objectives of knowledge transfer among higher education and research organisations, companies, public authorities and non-government institutions. By doing so, it will increase the capacity of the Atlantic area to innovate and create value at the triple bottom line (social, environmental and economic), through research and technology development. This will be accomplished by networking, co-operative and multidisciplinary research; transfer of knowledge, insights, skills and technology between the relevant stakeholders, which include regional, national and cross-border maritime clusters and technology platforms. 
  • Priority 2 Protect, secure and develop the potential of the Atlantic marine and coastal environment:  SpilLess will respond to the specific objectives of improving maritime safety and security, and reinforcing the safety and security of seafarers, coastal populations, property and ecosystems. These objectives are materialized by initiatives undertaken by Member States in the Atlantic, including coordinated response mechanisms, and investment in state-of-the-art technologies that contribute to the increase of the readiness levels and the enhancement of responses to marine threats, marine accidents, oil spills and hazardous material or trafficking.
Funding instrument used: 
European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
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Project or best practice title: 
SpilLess- First-line response to oil spills based on native microorganism cooperation
Country: 
Portugal
Region: 
Porto
Funding contribution (€): 
€295,044
Private contribution (€): 
€76,153

Event Report: Blue Bioeconomy Forum

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum (BBF) is a meeting place for industries, public agencies, financial organizations, researchers and civil society, working on or interested in the blue bioeconomy of the EU.

On 25 June 2019, the BBF organised its second event. The goals of the event were to:

Fomentar la competitividad del sector mediante inversiones productivas para lograr una acuicultura sostenible y competitiva, en particular en las pymes, y estará dirigido a:

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture

Mejorar el rendimiento global y la competitividad de las explotaciones acuícolas y reducir el impacto medioambiental negativo de su funcionamiento y estará dirigido a: – Creación de servicios de gestión, sustitución y asesoramiento de las explotaciones acuícolas, y – Obtención de servicios de ase

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

Fomentar la competitividad de las empresas pesqueras, impulsando el valor añadido o calidad de los productos pesqueros, y para ello se podrá conceder ayudas a: a) Inversiones que incrementen el valor de los productos de la pesca, en particular permitiendo que los pescadores lleven a cabo la trans

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

Apoyar medidas destinadas a la preparación y aplicación de los planes de producción y comercialización así como conceder ayudas destinadas a medidas de comercialización de productos de la pesca y acuicultura que tengan por objetivo:

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

Que é o Programa Talento Sénior?

Deadline: 
August 11, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

This call is open all year till exhaustion of the budget.

Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

The call seeks to fund excellent research addressing national and European/global national challenges as set out in the challenge frameworks now in place. The call is run in partnership with a number of government department and agencies, who fund or co-fund specific strands.

Deadline: 
August 19, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Consultation on fishing opportunities for 2020 under the CFP

DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has launched between June 11th to August 20th an open consultation on fishing opportunities for 2020 under the Common Fisheries Policy.  The contributions as well as the outcome of the seminar on the state of the stocks and the economics of fishing fleets that will take place in September, will feed into the European Commission's proposals on fishing opportunities for 2020.

AORA-CSA – Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Coordination and Support Action

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Summary: 

The Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation was signed in Galway, Ireland, on 24th of May 2013 by the European Union, Canada and the United States of America.  This marked the birth of Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA).  The Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action (AORA-CSA) was funded by the European Union to support the implementation of the Galway Statement and AORA. The hallmark features of this coordination action is that it be flexible, responsive, value-adding, efficient, innovative, inclusive and supportive.  The catalyzing actions of the AORA-CSA have had and continue to have significant impact to enable and strengthen the Atlantic Ocean Cooperation.

Background: 

Supporting the implementation of the Galway Statement on an Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance;   Improving the international cooperation framework of marine research programmes thus creating the basis for the development of future large-scale joint international marine research programmes.

Objectives: 

The objectives of the AORA-CSA are to support the  implementation of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation by coordinating with and supporting the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) between the EU, Canada and the USA.  In that regard, to be responsive to the needs of the AORA as it evolves and to adapt the suite of supports provided by the AORA-CSA accordingly.  To improve the international cooperation framework of marine research programmes thus helping create the basis for the development of future large-scale joint international marine research programmes; and contributing to the EU Blue Growth Agenda where relevant.

Results and Transferability: 

Results achieved to date:

  • On-going support for Trilateral Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance   Roadmap identifying Joint Research Priorities to Develop EU, CA & USA sustainable aquaculture   industry 
  • Principles of Ocean Literacy from N. America transferred to EU and more work planned on  Public Engagement 
  • 7 trans-Atlantic transects mapped in multibeam high resolution 
  • First steps toward a Vision document for trans-Atlantic Cooperation on Ocean Health & Stressors

Transferability of project results to other organisations/subregions, regions, member states:

  • In July 2017, the Belem Statement was on Atlantic Research & Innovation Cooperation was signed between Brazil, Europe and South Africa.  This follows on from the Galway Statement and as a result an All-Atlantic Community is being built based on a strong, socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development.
  • Within Europe contributing towards strengthening of cross-sea basin science, research and innovation cooperation (Baltic, North, Black and Mediterranean Seas and Atlantic Ocean)
Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

Europe, Canada and the United States of America.

Funding instrument used: 
This Action has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 652677.
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Project or best practice title: 
AORA-CSA – Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Coordination and Support Action
Country: 
Ireland
Region: 
Galway
Funding contribution (€): 
3.447.000,00
Private contribution (€): 
n/a

ARCOPOLplatform - Platform for improving maritime coastal pollution preparedness and response in Atlantic regions

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Summary: 

ARCOPOL platform aimed to further improve maritime safety in the Atlantic area and reinforce the protection of the coastal regions from maritime pollution through the capitalization and upgrading of ARCOPOL and ARCOPOLplus outcomes. Specifically, ARCOPOLplatform organised pilot actions addressing local authorities to support the implementation of Local Contingency Plans. Moreover, these plans were improved by the inclusion of ARCOPOL deliverables (tools, guides and key knowledge on Hazardous and Noxious Substances - HNS) that were presented at workshops, training activities (blended learning), road-shows and on websites. The singularities of Natural Protected Areas and post-spill environmental monitoring issues were also considered. Similarly, ARCOPOL spill modelling tools were upgraded, shared among regions and transferred to competent authorities through tailored training. Furthermore, all activities contributed to the development of the Atlantic Technological Platform. This platform is acting as a meeting forum for public and private organizations dealing with oil and HNS spills. It focuses on the exchange of knowledge, the identification of technological supply and demand, and the development of public-private initiatives. The project was developed by a consortium involving 15 partners from 5 countries of the Atlantic Area (Ireland, UK, France, Spain and Portugal), including research organisations as well as regional competent authorities

Background: 

Back in 2004, the core group of ARCOPOL partners started working together in the frame of EROCIPS project (Emergency Response to coastal Oil, Chemical and Inert Pollution from Shipping. INTERREG IIIB, 2004-2007). EROCIPS’ achievements ranged from the development of forecasting models, risk assessment and guidance on managing volunteers, to the production of training materials and the establishment of ecological monitoring programmes. 

Having EROCIPS as the grounds, the series of ARCOPOL projects started in 2009. The success of the first ARCOPOL (2009-2012) facilitated the continuity of this strategy longer in time, being made a reality in the projects ARCOPOLplus (2012-2014) and ARCOPOLplatform (2014-2015). 

All ARCOPOL projects shared the same final aim, which was reinforcing the preparedness and response to oil and chemical spills in the Atlantic regions. However, from project to project, both the aspects addressed and the strategy used were adapted to the actual needs identified by the partnership. 

Very briefly, ARCOPOL focused on the elaboration of guides and tools to support response operations. Afterwards, In ARCOPOLplus partners kept on updating and upgrading ARCOPOL results, but also made a special effort on innovation, training and technology transfer. However in ARCOPOLplatform, the strategy consisted of stablishing a Platform both for the capitalisation of all ARCOPOL projects results and for public and private collaboration in the scope of the response to maritime pollution.

Objectives: 
  1. Further reinforcing the protection of the Atlantic coast from maritime pollution through the capitalization of ARCOPOL projects results on: contingency planning; chemical spills; drift modelling; environmental monitoring; and training and awareness.
  2. Setting up the ARCOPOL Platform, which is a sustainable structure for public-private cooperation on maritime spills’ preparedness and response.
Results and Transferability: 

The project positively influenced local and regional response systems through, among others, the following main results: the implementation of contingency plans in 6 local authorities and 7 protected areas; the production of 3 Decision Support Tools; the organisation of training sessions (3 workshops, 4 e-learning courses) and 4 exercises; and the setting up of the ARCOPOL Platform.

All the results are available online. When appropriate, information on how to adapt them to other regions is also provided (e.g. the open source tools). Collaboration with stakeholders is promoted through the ARCOPOL Platform. The dissemination of project results outside the partnership was further favoured through meetings with national authorities and the Members of the European Parliament.

Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

The project was implemented in the Atlantic Area, thus in the Atlantic regions of Ireland, UK, France, Spain and Portugal, countries in which organisations participating in the project were located.

Funding instrument used: 
INTERREG Atlantic Area Transnational Programme 2007-2013
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Project or best practice title: 
ARCOPOLplatform - Platform for improving maritime coastal pollution preparedness and response in Atlantic regions
Country: 
Spain
Region: 
Galicia
Funding contribution (€): 
938.044,92
Private contribution (€): 
505.101,10

Commission invites top experts to shape new research and innovation missions

The European Commission launched a call for experts to join ‘Mission Boards’, which will advise the Commission for the identification and implementation of missions in Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme.  These missions will be high-ambition, high profile initiatives, to find solutions to some of the major challenges faced by European citizens, with a clear target that captures the imagination of citizens at large.  There will be five ‘Mission Boards’, one for each of the following areas:

Xesmar

Cloud platform and mobile app, designed specifically for the sea sector, which allows the fishing guilds and associations to improve on the planning, control and access to information of their shellfish workers and producers.

The shellfish workers of some of the most important fishing guilds in spanish northwest region of Galicia already enjoy the advantages of Xesmar. Their app allows them to have all the information related to eheir work at their hands, saving both time, calls and commuting.

ATLANTIC POWER CLUSTER

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Summary: 

Atlantic regions have a huge potential in renewable energy which can be useful for the EU to meet the goals of its energy strategy, while contributing to the prosperity of their industries and populations, and meeting the objectives of economic, social and territorial cohesion.

The Atlantic Power Cluster project builds on the Marine Energy Working Group set up in the CPMR (Atlantic Arc Commission) and is intended to implement a transnational marine energy strategy so the partner regions can seek complementarities to tackle the crucial challenges for the development of marine energies in the Atlantic Area (AA).

Furthermore the project seeks to develop cooperation and joint approaches to facilitate the identification of new market niches in the renewable energy sector and the redefinition of educational and training programs as per the needs of the offshore and marine energy sector in the AA. The project is likewise is expected to contribute to a “greener” model of energy development, while enhancing the competitiveness and innovation capacities in the Atlantic regions.

Background: 

SODERCAN, a non-profit public organization, as the Regional Development Agency of Cantabria, is the major stakeholder in the region of Cantabria dealing with the promotion of competitiveness and general development of the economy, with companies (especially SMEs) as the main target group of the activities involved. Cantabrian companies and Research groups are developing regional, national and international innovative projects in key sectors such as biotechnology, renewable energies, Information and Telecommunication technologies, Automotive or Aerospace.

In that sense, all our policies are aimed at the promotion of Research and Development amongst companies, increasing competitiveness through internationalization, the fostering of cooperation and encouragement of entrepreneurship pass through the executive role of SODERCAN. 

SODERCAN has a deep knowledge of Cantabria’s industrial fabric, after more than 25 years of intense and direct link with regional companies. It has also a great experience in managing R&D and innovation strategies for SMEs, entrepreneurs and setting up business cooperation structures.

SODERCAN has been an evident example of the concept of the triple helix promoted by EU policies in order to implement regional strategies: it has represented the Regional Government in long term strategies for business promotion, together with relevant business stakeholders, the general business community and the Research activity of the University of Cantabria, contributing to the conception of Innovation activities applied to real life developments carried out by regional companies.

In this context, the organization has an active role in the Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation Strategy of Cantabria 2020 (iCan 2020). Under the umbrella of the smart specialization strategy, the regional government publishes the iCan 2020 strategy (RIS3).

Objectives: 

Main objectives of the Atlantic Power Cluster project are:

  • Building a transnational marine energy strategy in the Atlantic Area.
  • Creating an adequate political and social environment for the marine energies.
  • Enhancing the competitiveness and innovation capacities of the industrial community in the Atlantic regions.
Results and Transferability: 
  • Regional Study on RME / Setting up of a Regional Working group
  • Establishement of an effectibe framework for collaboration (Transnational agreement for cooperation) amongst Marine Renewable energies' clusters and relevant stakeholders (Regional Governments)
  • New market opportunities will be identified thanks to the diagnosis carried out which aims to help the Atlantic regions to work together and take advantage of the new business opportunities in MRE. Some of the topics looked into are technology development, industrial capacity,supply chain development and port and logistic facilities.
Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

Regional project managers and teams have liaised with the stakeholders and organizations involved in the different activities foreseen. All partners are disseminating in their areas of influence and regions info regarding the actions developed.  Very high number (17) of partners from different backgrounds.

The project work plan is structured in such a way that each and every aspect of the marine energies is addressed, providing a clear and realistic picture of the current situation in the partner regions, the strategies ahead and the activities and actions to be undertaken.

Funding instrument used: 

INTERREG Atlantic Area

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Project or best practice title: 
ATLANTIC POWER CLUSTER
Country: 
Spain
Region: 
Cantabria
Funding contribution (€): 
1.291.039,26
Private contribution (€): 
n/a

BATTERIE (Better Accessible Transport to Encourage Robust Intermodal Enterprise)

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Summary: 

BATTERIE was an EU Atlantic Area project established in January 2012. Its purpose was to improve the cooperation and links between various transport services within the Atlantic Area region and to promote the application of smart technologies and usage of alternative fuels. The project was created as a response to the EU Atlantic Area priorities. As part of priority 3.1; “Improve accessibility and internal links – Promote interoperability and continuity of existing transport networks, and sea/road/rail/air intermodality;” it focused on transportation and aimed to improve the coordination of and interconnectivity between transport services supplied by various operators. It also recognised and gave due regard to national and EU transport, energy and related economic policies, with particular reference to the objectives set out in the Lisbon and Gothenburg Agendas. The main objective of BATTERIE was to establish the impact of applied smart technologies (e.g. E-Journey Planning) and alternative fuels and to design scenarios and models of changes to policy, behaviour and transnational strategies in order to help optimise transnational trips for passengers. Other activities included screening and modelling the availability, future development, costs and environmental impact of using smart technologies and alternative fuels and establishing pilot networks and demonstration of best practice in this sector.

Background: 
  • Batterie brings some resolution to the issues National, Regional and local government are having to address
  • For example the EU 202020 Climate and Energy package has resolved that the EU will source 20% of its transport fuels from renewables by 2020
  • National and regional and local targets will all be different
  • Batterie is designed to help administrations understand how alternative fuels are going to develop and what contribution they will make
  • It is designed to help people make the shift from fossil fuel to alternative fuel transport
  • It is needed to help both administrations and people together to make the changes necessary to meet targets and in their own lives
Objectives: 

The project main objective was to help policy makers to help the public to make the shift from fossil fuel based transport to zero carbon based transport. In addition to that we wanted to remove the issue of range anxiety which the public site as the main reason for not buying electric or zero carbon transport. Finally we wanted to inform and educate the public about zero carbon transport.

Results and Transferability: 
  • BATTERIE Results: Web Based Journey Planning Tool:- The first in the world to be made available to be public, to allow them to plan a journey in an electric vehicle.  Seen at www.egomap.eu. Reports:- Nine reports have been published during the project. Briefing Notes:- Not everyone has time to read a detailed report. Conferences / Workshops:- There have been seven conferences and workshops.
  • The EGOMAP is available and functioning in each of the partner regions which participated within Atlantic Area. It can be made ‘live’ and functional in any other part of the EU, quickly and at little cost with just the addition of some modelling data. The Reports and the Briefing Notes are available in all project partner languages and are available on the website to download.
Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

There were seven Atlantic Area regions involved in the project: Scotland (Shetlands), England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, France, Portugal and Spain. There were eleven partners in the project and the partnership met regularly every three months for three years to develop the reports, the briefing notes, the conferences, workshops and to develop the egomap.. Further information on https://www.batterie.eu.com/

Funding instrument used: 

INTERREG Atlantic Area

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Project or best practice title: 
BATTERIE (Better Accessible Transport to Encourage Robust Intermodal Enterprise)
Country: 
United Kingdom
Region: 
Northern Ireland
Funding contribution (€): 
2.550.000,00
Private contribution (€): 
850.000,00

Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements.

Deadline: 
August 29, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget for this call is 391.000.000,00
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

The call envisages to select beneficiaries implementing the EYE programme and, thus, contributing to the COSME objective "Promotion of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial culture".

Deadline: 
July 11, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 5.581.701,00 euro
Sector of Activity:
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
Entrepreneurship

Blue Tech – Enhancing the Blue Bioresources Niche of Excellence

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Summary: 

The project has contributed to develop the marine bio-resources sector at the Atlantic level. Gathering economic and innovation development agencies, local authorities and scientific organisations, it has capitalized on projects previously developed under this theme. Based on these projects, partners have identified the main obstacles, but also the drivers to the development of the Blue Biotech sector. The project has also prepared the future of the marine biotech sector, it gained in visibility among economic players and the general public through notably the creation of the video, but also the organization of public event (ex. 100 EU participants during the final conference in Cadiz).Finally, through the identification of transnational structuring projects, the project has represented an essential link to the 2014-2020 programming period. It also contributed to the operational implementation of the Action Plan recently adopted in the framework of the EU Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic region.

Background: 

In a context of global crisis of the economy, the blue economy represents an essential stake for the future development of our maritime territories.  The ocean is a source of innovation, growth and jobs. Marine bio-resources constitute a sector with high growth potential but still largely unexploited by businesses. These latter have to face many constraints and barriers (legal, environmental, economic and social).

Objectives: 

The main objective of the Atlantic Blue Tech project was to enhance the blue biotechnologies niche of excellence, factor of growth for the Atlantic area, with a specific focus on innovation and small to medium-sized companies. The project has also contributed to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan Priority 1 “Promote entrepreneurship and innovation”.

Results and Transferability: 

Atlantic Blue Tech partners not only worked on obstacles as it is often the case in EU projects, but went further with the identification of drivers to the development of blue biotech SMEs. Thanks to the creation of LAG and TAG, the partners successfully managed to make people work together at both regional and European levels, which is a guarantee of lasting effects of the project. The deliverables of the project are still available on the www.atlanticbluetech.eu website for policy makers, SMEs or any interested actor intending to develop the marine biotech sector.  As the lead partner, Technopôle Brest-Iroise (TBI) also continues to speak about the project in different meetings it is involved in, to provide its experience to other regions and member States.  The best practice demonstrated within ABT are the local & transnational action groups. The project partners really wanted to involve their local communities. They thus set up 5 LAG which assessed the project results, and gave their views on the orientation of ABT. 2 TAG meetings were organized to favor collaborations at the Atlantic level and to support the emergence of new project ideas.

Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

The project has been implemented in the framework of the Interreg IVB Atlantic area programme gathering 8 partners from 5 countries. It was divided into 3 steps: Study of the existing local, national and EU projects related to marine bioresources; Identification of drivers and barriers to the development of blue biotech SME; Imagine the future of the marine biotech market, and promote the sector.

Funding instrument used: 

ERDF

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Project or best practice title: 
Blue Tech – Enhancing the Blue Bioresources Niche of Excellence
Country: 
France
Region: 
Brittany / Bretagne
Funding contribution (€): 
736,155.77
Private contribution (€): 
396.392,47

Release of the European Ocean Observing Conference Report

The report of the EOOS Conference 2018 and the related Call to Action has been published and it contains the key conclusions of the conference as well as highlights of the interactions and dialogues of the event, from plenary presentations to panel discussions and from group breakout discussions to pitch presentations and exhibition showcases.

Blue Economy Report launched at European Maritime Day 2019

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Mr. Karmenu Vella opened the 2019 European Maritime Day conference in Lisbon. This year, the main focus of the conference was on boosting a “blue” economy, the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, through entrepreneurship, investment, and research and innovation.

Deadline: 
September 6, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy
Offshore wind
Research & innovation
other

The Ocean DEMO (Demonstration Programme for Ocean Energy Pilot Farms and Supporting Technologies) has launched its 1st Call for Applications to provide access to test sites to perform tests and validation of low carbon technologies.

Deadline: 
July 1, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

Ocean DEMO opens 1st Call to support ocean energy farm installations

The first Ocean DEMO call for applications is now open. Successful applicants will receive free access to test their ocean energy products and services in real sea environments at the project’s network of test centres. Technology developers can apply for support packages to test multi-device farms or single devices able to scale up to multi-device in the future.

The Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan

The Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan is operating through four National Hubs which are based in France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

National Hubs are coordinated by a central management team, which also runs this website dedicated to foster cooperation with the stakeholders.

If you wish to contact our team please send us an email at: helpdesk@atlanticstrategy.eu.

See who is who in the Assistance Mechanism!!

The objective of the Seafood Processing Development Scheme is to enhance the competitiveness of the seafood processing sector.

Deadline: 
May 24, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

This programme supports research and development projects aimed at developing new or improved products and processes for the sector which are market led and in collaboration with industry, agencies and recognised Research Performing Organisations (RPO’s). The Seafood R&D Programme provid

Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

EASME is launching this call for tenders in a view to conclude a service contract for a study on integrating an ecosystem-based approach into maritime spatial planning, in particular in the context of the implementation of the Directive 2014/89/EU.

Deadline: 
June 4, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
Maritime Spatial Planning

The LIFE 2019 Call for proposals for operating grants to support Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in view of concluding Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs) and Specific Grant Agreements (SGAs) is now open. 

Deadline: 
June 3, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

The climate action sub-programme supports projects in the areas of renewable energies, energy efficiency, farming, land use, and peatland management.

Deadline: 
September 5, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy

The environment sub-programme funds nature conservation projects in particular in the areas of biodiversity, habitats and species.

Deadline: 
June 17, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Environmental monitoring

Promoting business investment in innovation and research, developing links and synergies between businesses, R & D centers and the higher education sector, in particular promoting product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, and co-innovation and applications the p

Deadline: 
December 31, 2020
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
other

Central Team

Antonio Rodriguez

António Rodrigues​

António Rodrigues is the Engagement Leader of the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan. António is PwC Portugal's Strategy & Corporate Finance Advisor Partner, the Lead Partner in Restructuring Advisory and a member of the PwC Blue Economy Centre of Excellence.  In his carreer, António has developed and implemented several projects related to maritime industries for Ports authorities (business plan and economic and financial feasibility study), offshore energy companies (financial advisory and feasibility studies), cargo container operators.  More specifically, he has advised in the preparation of the business plan and economic and financial feasibility study of the cruise activity in the Port of Leixões for the launch of a future concession.  António studied Economics at the Economics Faculty of the University of Porto, participated in Client´s Strategic Agenda Program from INSEAD - Fontainebleau, the Advanced Restructuring Executive Program in INSEAD - Singapore, Business Management Executive Program in Nova-Católica and Leadership and Strategy Executive Program from Kellogg School of Management.  He speaks Portuguese and English fluently.


Catherine Frideres

Catherine Frideres

Catherine Frideres is the Communications Expert of the Assistance Mechanism. Catherine is a Senior Manager at PwC Luxembourg Advisory and PwC's Accelerator. She is an entrepreneur and communications specialist with 20 years combined experience in cross-cultural communications, business acceleration coaching and in managing international projects for the public and private sectors.  Over the years, she has successfully extended public awareness of EU programmes to over 3 million European SMEs, led acceleration coaching for over 2,500 SMEs across 9 industry sectors, and managed public sector projects for trade and sustainable economic development.  She has significant expertise in designing narratives and building active communities through digital and social media platforms.  Catherine holds an MA International Studies & Diplomacy with a major in International Law from the University of London and speaks English fluently.


Elina Zempili

Elina Zempili 

Elina Zempili is the Monitoring Expert of the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan.  Elina has over 20 years of experience in managing complex EU-funded technical assistance projects and in managing multi-national teams of experts.  Elina is a leader in the international project area, specialised on the monitoring and evaluation of development projects, and has been responsible for the identification and supervision of international and local experts for the implementation of several EU development assistance projects.She has worked extensively in several EU projects, where she has managed large multi-dimensional teams comprised of experts in the various fields of communications, public relations, community buliding, monitoring, innovation, SMEs etc.  and reported successfully to the Contracting Authorities.  She has been actively involved  in the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan, holding the position of team leader since 2016.  Elina holds an MA in European Politics from Vrije Universiteit Brussels. She speaks English and Greek fluently and has a basic understanding of French.  


Leonidas Papaioannou

Leonidas Papaioannou

Leonidas Papaioannou is the National Hub Leader for the Assistance Mechanism.  Leonidas is a Director at PwC Greece, and leads the Government and Public Sector industry team, being responsible for all aspects of public sector related services.  Leonidas has significant experience in leading large-scale national or European/ international projects in areas such as policy making, public administration and market reforms, large scale transformation programs or implementation of action plans, structural funds programming and administration.  He will be responsible for the overview of the whole span of the national hub activities and quality control of their  deliverables and project outputs.  Leonidas holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Greece and an MBA from Hull University, UK.  He speaks English and Greek fluently.


Andre GomezAndré Gomes​

André Gomes is the Project Manager​ | Central Point of Contact for the Atlantic Assistance Mechanism. André is an MBA graduate with a technological academic background and successful experiences in top multinational companies in the private sector as well as in the public sector by collaborating with European Union institutions. He is an experienced senior strategy and operations consultant with solid experience in project management, consulting, strategy, operations and innovation.  André holds a BsC in Communication Systems from Kingston University (UK), a Postgraduate diploma in Management and Business Consulting from ISEG (Portugal) and an Executive MBA from ESIC Business & Marketing School (Spain).  He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish fluently.

Atlantic Community

Join us in the Atlantic Corner; the place where stakeholders come together to discuss ideas about new projects, find partners and check out selected projects that promote the Atlantic Strategy's objectives and priorities.

Join us and check out what is offered:

PROJECT DATABASE

Since its creation in 2013 the Atlantic Action Plan has spurred over 1200 new maritime projects and nearly 6 billion euro of investments. However, as the mid-term review highlighted, cooperation in the Atlantic Ocean area can be even more ambitious, open and effective in order to promote socially inclusive, innovative and environmentally friendly blue growth.

The Atlantic stakeholders are key players in this respect. That is why bringing together potential project partners and assisting them in developing and funding projects is a crucial component of our mission and we are keen on helping all interest parties make the most of the vast potential of the Atlantic.

The Asssistance Mechanism through its continuously updated project database offers a comprehensive overview of maritime cooperation schemes and makes it easy to become involved in new project opportunities. Why work individually in the blue economy, when you can visit our pages and see published project ideas or submit your own.

STAKEHOLDER DATABASE

The Assistance Mechanism aims to provide you with a “match-making platform” to find potential project partners and advise you on the use of EU and national or regional financial instruments for projects implementing the Action Plan.

To that effect, check out our stakeholder database with more than 10000 stakeholders that are active in the Atlantic sea basin and provide us with your information to be included.

GOOD PRACTICES

A database of projects denoted as "Atlantic Good Practises"; check them out and learn their objectives and results. Submit your project for your chance to be showncased in our database

GOOD PRACTICES SUBMISSION FORM

FIND GOOD PRACTICES

ATLANTIC STORIES

A showcase of projects implemented in Atlantic Member States (FR, IE, PT, ES, UK)

VIEW STORIES

MARITIME DATAHUB

The online monitoring tool, established by EASME, that showcases more than 1000 Atlantic projects. Visit it now and complete the online form to include your project.

VISIT SITE

EMD 2019: 16 & 17 May

European Maritime Day (EMD) 2019, Lisbon Portugal, 16 & 17 May,  is approaching and the full programme is now available on line

EMD this year will focus on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment

Base de datos de las partes interesadas

El Mecanismo de Asistencia tiene como objetivo proporcionarle una plataforma "match-making" a la hora de encontrar socios potenciales para los proyectos y aconsejarle sobre el uso de instrumentos financieros de la UE, nacionales o regionales destinados a proyectos que contribuyan a implementar el Plan de Acción.

Consulte nuestra base de datos donde podrá encontrar más de 10000 socios potenciales activos en la cuenca del mar Atlántico. Proporciónenos su información para que podamos incluirla en la base de datos.

Stakeholder Database

The Assistance Mechanism aims to provide you with a "match-making platform" to find potential project partners and advise you on the use of EU and national or regional financial instruments for projects implementing the Action Plan. 

To that effect, check out our stakeholder database with more than 10000 stakeholders that are active in the Atlantic sea basin and provide us with your information to be included.

Esquina Atlántica

Únete a nosotros en la Esquina Atlántica; el lugar donde las partes interesadas se reúnen para discutir ideas sobre nuevos proyectos, encontrar socios y revisar proyectos seleccionados que promueven los objetivos y prioridades de la Estrategia Atlántica.

Únete a nosotros y echa un vistazo a lo que se ofrece:

Base de datos con los contactos de las partes interesadas

El Mecanismo de Asistencia tiene como objetivo proporcionarle una "plataforma de emparejamiento" a la hora de encontrar socios potenciales para los proyectos y aconsejarle sobre el uso de instrumentos financieros de la UE, nacionales o regionales destinado a proyectos que contribuyan a implementar el Plan de Acción.

Consulte nuestra base de datos donde podrá encontrar más de 10000 socios potenciales activos en la cuenca del mar Atlántico. Proporciónenos su información para que podamos incluirla en la base de datos.

Launch of the new CEF Transport Blending Facility

The European Commission (EC) together with the European Investment Bank (EIB) launch the new Connecting Europe (CEF) Transport Blending Facility, an innovative financial instrument to support projects contributing to the environmental sustainability and efficiency of the transport sector in Europe.

DataHub Marítimo

O recém-criado DataHub Marítimo da EASME é uma ferramenta interativa que produz informação relativa a projetos e empresas financiadas por programas de UE e dos Estados-Membros no quadro da Estratégia para o Atlântico e o seu respetivo Plano de Ação.

A ferramenta permite, entre outros, que o utilizadoraceda a um vasto leque de informação , utilizando filtros (e.g. orçamento atribuído por país ou por setor marítimo), e ainda criar as suas próprias estatísticas e exportar os dados em diferentes formatos tais como imagem, PDF ou CSC.

Base de dados de partes interessadas

O Mecanismo de Assistência visa proporcionar-lhe uma "plataforma de compatibilização de parceiros” com o objectivo de encontrar potenciais parceiros de projetos e aconselhar o utente sobre a utilização dos instrumentos financeiros nacionais ou regionais da UE para os projetos que tenham como objetivo implementar o Plano de Ação. 

Para o efeito, consulte a nossa base de dados das partes interessadas que dispõe de mais de 10.000 entradas de intervenientes ativos na bacia marítima do Atlântico e partilhe connosco os dados necessários a devida inclusão.

Base de Dados de Projetos

Desde a sua criação em 2013 o Plano de Ação para o Atlântico tem conduzido mais de 1.200 novos projetos marítimos e cerca de 6 mil milhões de euros em investimentos. Contudo, conforme destacado pela avaliação intercalar, a cooperação no espaço Atlântico pode ser ainda mais ambiciosa, aberta e eficaz a fim de promover um crescimento azul socialmente inclusivo, inovador e ecológico.

Coin Atlantique

Rejoignez-nous dans le coin atlantique; l'endroit où les intervenants se réunissent pour discuter de leurs idées sur de nouveaux projets, trouver des partenaires et consulter des projets sélectionnés qui font la promotion des objectifs et des priorités de la Stratégie.

Rejoignez-nous et découvrez ce qui vous est proposé:

Maritime DataHub

The newly launched EASME maritime datahub is an interactive tool that generates information on projects and companies funded by EU and Member States programmes in the framework of the Atlantic Strategy and respective Action Plan.

Among others, the tool allows users to access a wealth of data with the help of filters (e.g. budget allocated per country or per maritime sector), generate own statistics and export data in different formats such as picture, PDF document or CSC file.

New insights into European maritime traffic

EMODnet Vessel Density Maps just launched

European seas are a hub of human activity. Maritime transport is so widespread that it inevitably affects anybody working in or with the ocean. For the first time those responsible for monitoring shipping emissions, identifying the best routes to lay pipelines and cables, assessing the impact of fishing on the seafloor or planning offshore wind farms can have free and open access to maps and the underlying raster files of vessel activity.

Increasingly strict emission standards apply to shipping around the coastlines of many developed countries. Presently these are mainly focussed on SOx, but in future, reflecting health concerns, increasingly strict limits are likely to address NOx and particulate matter.

Deadline: 
April 25, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Environmental monitoring
Research & innovation

The challenge is the design, development and validation of cost-effective wave energy convertors that can survive in a harsh and unpredictable ocean environment as the ocean through demand-driven Pre-Commercial Procurement.

Deadline: 
August 27, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation

The topic relates to decarbonising the aviation and shipping transport sectors, which are expanding fast and increasing the overall fossil fuel consumption, relies on biofuel and renewable fuels.

Deadline: 
August 27, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Marine biotechnology
Research & innovation

World Bank and European Commission promote blue economy through new tool

The World Bank and the European Commission have launched the Blue Economy Development Framework (BEDF). The Framework is a novelty in the area of international ocean governance. It helps (developing) coastal states transition to diverse and sustainable blue economies while building resilience to climate change.

High-level conference – more than 1000 people gather in EP to support strong EU ocean policy

On 19 March, more than 1000 people gathered in Brussels for this year’s largest EU event on oceans. Organised by MEP Gesine Meissner and European Commissioner Karmenu Vella, the event hosted our continent’s most influential advocates for healthy, safe and sustainable oceans. And with a large delegation of students and youth organisations in the room, the conference was more than an interesting recap of today’s status quo.

2 billion allocated for the establishment of the European Innovation Council

Ahead of the 21-22 March European Council discussion on innovation, industry, and competitiveness, the Commission takes decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council (EIC)

Global competition is intensifying and Europe needs to deepen its innovation and risk-taking capability to compete on a market increasingly defined by new technologies.

Useful links

EU & International Institutions

Sea Basins

Networks

Atlantic basin

Baltic Sea basin

Arctic basin

Black Sea basin

Mediterranean Sea basin

European Basin

Adriatic Ionian Macroregion

O Programa Gulbenkian Sustentabilidade quer apoiar projetos que promovam o desenvolvimento de uma sociedade comprometida com as gerações futuras, ambientalmente responsável, economicamente viável e socialmente justa.

Deadline: 
June 30, 2020
Geographical Coverage: National
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The Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme Call aims to support and develop science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education and public engagement sector in Ireland by:

Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other
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Science Awareness

Registration is Open for EMD 2019

One more exciting European Maritime Day (EMD) is approaching. The focus of EMD 2019 in Lisbon Portugal (16 & 17 May), will be on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment. Check out the full provisional programme and register on line.  

Contribute to the evaluation of the European Observation and Data Network (EMODnet)

The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) contributes to the EU's integrated maritime policy.  It was set up as a flagship project to prepare a seamless multi-resolution digital seabed map of European waters by 2020.

Projet de base données

Depuis sa création en 2013, le Plan d'Action Atlantique a incité le lancement de plus de 1200 nouveaux projets maritimes et généré près de 6 milliards d'euros d'investissements. Toutefois, comme l'a souligné la révision à mi-parcours, la coopération dans la région de l'océan Atlantique peut être encore plus ambitieuse, ouverte et efficace dans la promotion d’une croissance bleue solidaire, innovante et respectueuse de l’environnement.  

Project Database

Since its creation in 2013 the Atlantic Action Plan has spurred over 1200 new maritime projects and nearly 6 billion euro of investments. However, as the mid-term review highlighted, cooperation in the Atlantic Ocean area can be even more ambitious, open and effective in order to promote socially inclusive, innovative and environmentally friendly blue growth.

The Ocean Energy ERA-NET Cofund (OCEANERA-NET COFUND) is an initiative of eight national and regional government agencies from six European countries, which has received funding from the European Union under the Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and

Deadline: 
March 1, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation

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The Atlantic Strategy

The Commission adopted an Atlantic Maritime Strategy in 2011 in response to repeated calls from stakeholders for more ambitious, open and effective cooperation in the Atlantic Ocean area. The strategy identified the challenges and opportunities facing the region, grouping them under five thematic headings: implementing the ecosystem approach; reducing Europe’s carbon footprint; sustainable exploration of the natural resources on the sea floor; responding to threats and emergencies; socially inclusive growth; Following a bottom-up consultation in the five Member States with Atlantic coasts (Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Portugal), an action plan was developed that set out practical steps to be taken in these areas. The Atlantic Action Plan was adopted in May 2013. To support the implementation of the plan, the Commission launched the Atlantic assistance mechanism.

Launch of a new initiative on Maritime Spatial Planning

UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the European Commission will launch, MSPglobal, a new global project on maritime spatial planning, on 11 and 12 February at UNESCO Headquarters. The project aims to promote better maritime spatial planning with a view to avoiding conflicts and improving the governance of human activities at sea such as aquaculture, tourism, marine energy, and exploitation of the seabed.

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