The Assistance Mechanism networking efforts are bearing fruits: Following up on the outcomes of the Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference in Dublin this past September, the European Business and Innovation Network (EBN) proposed to invite all Business Innovation Centres (BICs) in the Atlantic Area to join the Irish BICs and participate actively in the forthcoming Atlantic plan activities. For further information please follow the link.
Additionally last November, the Assistance Mechanism Central Team participated in two prominent networking events: The AM was invited by the Blue Innovation for Growth Working Group of the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) in order to exchange experiences on existing supporting actions and instruments for research and innovation implemented in several macro-regional strategies and sea basins involving Baltic Sea area, Adriatic Ionian and Mediterranean area and the Atlantic Action Plan area.
The Central Team also participated to the Working Group “Stratégie Maritime Atlantique” of the Atlantic Transnational Network (ATN/RTA), a platform for cooperation of civil society mainly composed of Economic and Social Councils of the Atlantic Area regions. Main services and achievements of the Assistance Mechanism were presented in relation to the particular Atlantic Action Plan needs of stakeholders. It was also mentioned the relevance of enhancing structured collaboration between the Assistance Mechanism and networks directly or indirectly involved in the implementation of the Plan at EU, national and regional levels.
Additionally, the National Units have also been collaborating with numerous local and regional networks on national level. The French National Unit has numerous times teamed with networks such as the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC) and the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) for the co-organisation of events. The Irish National Unit has been in touch with the Chambers of Commerce on identification of potential project ideas. The Portuguese NU is a regular attendant and collaborator at the Fórum Oceano events. The Spanish NU has been in close contact with CEIMAR on the identification of new funding opportunities in the blue growth sector in Spain. And the UK NU has been closely following Coastal and Fishermen’s Associations in the UK exploring new project ideas.