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June 2016 - Building Bridges

The June issue focuses on “building bridges” through the organisation of National Events, our networking activities and our participation in events throughout the Atlantic Area. Focus of the second edition of our Newsletter is the organisation of the 1st Atlantic Project Awards which will be held in Dublin, Ireland on 27 September 2016. Stay tuned and get updated on latest developments.

Issue Focus

Promote your Atlantic Project by submitting it for the Atlantic Project Awards by 15 July 2016.

The Atlantic Project Awards are designed 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. They will be granted to 5 projects (1 winner in each of the 5 thematic categories) that come under the umbrella of the Atlantic Strategy and Action Plan Priorities, as recognition of outstanding performance in relevant areas/sectors.

Travel expenses and accommodation for attending the Atlantic Awards ceremony (Dublin, Ireland - 27 September 2016) will be fully covered for the winner of each of the five categories by the Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan.

Submit your Atlantic Project Now!!

Our Events

Spanish National Event: The 3rd in the series of National Events organised by National Unit Spain, in Vigo, on 9 June 2016, was titled "Los Retos Emergentes de la Economía del Mar", and hosted 18 speakers who presented the latest news around Blue Economy and the main challenges faced by the Atlantic stakeholders. The event highlighted existing funding opportunities and mechanisms set to assist project promoters. The workshops "Somos Atlánticos" have been attended by key Atlantic stakeholders who have an active role in regional development in Spain. The 3rd Spanish National Event was attended by more than 100 people interested in the future of blue economy and the activities undertaken under the Atlantic Strategy. More information and outcomes of the event can be found here.

Portuguese National Event: The National Event 'Atlântico ao Centro: Parcerias, Projetos e Financiamentos' was organised by our National Unit Portugal on 25 May 2016, in Praia da Costa Nova in Ílhavo. The event provided the meeting ground for all Portuguese actors with direct and indirect intervention in the regional economy, to present initiatives or projects aiming to develop under the framework of the Atlantic Action Plan. During the event, participants were given the opportunity to meet with potential partners and create consortia to implement their projects and / or get access to updated information on multiple financial support available for the development of potential projects framed under the programme Portugal 2020 Mar 2020, among others. The event gathered more than 100 participants. More information and outcomes of the event can be found here.

Spotlight

In the context of fostering closer cooperation links with other European Networks, we are excited to renew our collaboration with FARNET. FARNET is the community of people implementing Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). This network brings together Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs), managing authorities, citizens and experts from across the EU to work on the sustainable development of fisheries and coastal areas. The Atlantic Member States are also involved in CLLD which was broadly analysed in the 2nd FARNET transnational seminar "Results-oriented CLLD in fisheries areas" held in Helsinki, Finland on 24-26 May 2016. More information and outcomes of the seminar can be found here.

Spotlight

The European Maritime Day is the annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss, and forge joint action. This year the 9th edition was celebrated in Turku, Finland on the 18 and 19 May and the Support Team could not be absent from this major event. The Support Team, represented by Nikos Kyriakidis and Gildas Borel of National Unit France, had the opportunity to promote the Atlantic Action Plan, as well as forthcoming activities such as our milestone event, the 3rd “Atlantic Stakeholder Platform conference”, which will be held in Dublin on 27 September 2016. For more information please visit the official event page.

The EU Green Week is the biggest annual occasion to debate and discuss European environmental policy.  This year the Green Week took place from 30 May to 3 June.  The 2nd of June was dedicated to investing in our oceans.  The Support Team was present and was invited to participate in a Webinar hosted by DGMARE on “Investing in our Oceans: how to make it happen”.  Find out about the Support Team’s contribution to the EU Green Week here.

The Support Team has assisted DGMARE in the organisation of the Atlantic Strategy in Action event held on 8 June in Brussels.  The event aimed at improving knowledge and awareness of the Action Plan among Managing Authorities.  It also provided an opportunity for Managing Authorities to outline barriers or impediments to implementing the Action Plan.  The Support Team, represented by Alexandros Chloros, delivered a presentation on the Team’s accomplishments and upcoming activities.  More information can be found here.

The Intergroup together with the Atlantic Strategy Group organised on 14 June the “Sea in Motion – Activating the Atlantic Action Plan” conference that took place in the European Parliament.  The Support Team, once again was there, represented by Pascale Van Doren who delivered a presentation on the Team’s activities and showcases of assisted project ideas.  More information can be found here.

Events

 

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Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, 27/09/2016 - Dublin, Ireland

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3ème Evénement National France du Plan d’Action Atlantique, 13/10/2016 – Brest, Bretagne

   
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