Atlantic Action Plan    
October 2016

The October issue focuses on “innovation and entrepreneurship” achieved through the organisation of the 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, our networking activities and our participation in events throughout the Atlantic Area. Focus of the third edition of our Newsletter is the Atlantic Project Awards Ceremony, presented by Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Mr. Karmenu Vella. Stay tuned and read also about other latest developments and upcoming events.

Issue Focus

The 1st Atlantic Project Awards ceremony was held during the 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference in Dublin on September 27, 2016. The Atlantic Project Awards, presented by the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Mr. Karmenu Vella, are designed to honour outstanding success stories, achieved by projects in the geographical area covered by the Atlantic Strategy and that were related to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan.

The 5 winners per category are: AORA-CSA in International Cooperation; ARCOPOL PLATFORM in Atlantic Marine and Coastal Environment; ATLANTIC BLUE TECH in Innovation & Entrepreneurship; ATLANTIC POWER CLUSTER in Sustainability and BATTERIE in Accessibility and Connectivity.”
More information about the Atlantic Project Awards can be found here.

Our Events

The 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform conference was held in Dublin on September 27, 2016 and focused on topics related to Priority 1 of the AAP “Promote entrepreneurship and innovation” emphasizing on project development so as to promote activities linked with Atlantic Best Practices and the Atlantic Project Awards.  The Conference was attended by 276s registered participants and included over 40 confirmed exhibitors from the five Atlantic EU Member States that demonstrated their activities; while a special Cooperation Area, accessible during the whole duration of the Conference, hosted Networking and Matchmaking activities, enabling participants to identify suitable cooperation opportunities.  This uniquely interactive Conference, in the presence of the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mr. Karmenu Vella, brought together stakeholders of the Atlantic Strategy and allowed them to meet, greet and identify suitable cooperation opportunities, exchange ideas and secure funding for their projects.  More information and outcomes of the event can be found here.

"On the way ahead", a UK National Workshop was held on September 5th 2016 hosted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The event was divided into two sessions; the first session focused on H2020 opportunities and the presentation of the ATLAS project, while the second session centered on the future engagement of the UK with the Atlantic Strategy. The purpose of the latter session was to gather information from stakeholders on the UK’s future role within the Atlantic Strategy considering the BREXIT implications. The participants of the event included stakeholders working in the blue economy and with EU funding. The workshop highlighted the benefits derived from being a member of the strategy has for the further development of the blue economy in the UK.  More information on the event can be found here.



Matchmaking and Networking was an integral part of the 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform conference in Dublin with over 180 organisations represented at the event and over 40 organisations participated in the conference’s exhibitors’ area.

During the Conference, the Cooperation Wall facilitated close to 60 match-making requests which” there is an extra space between requests and which the Support Team will follow up right after the event.
The list of the conference exhibitors can be found here.


The Support Team, through its National Unit in Ireland, participated as exhibitor in the 3rd Annual Our Ocean Wealth Conference (HOOW), which was held on July 1st in Galway as part of the Seafest Galway 2016.  The Conference provided delegates with an update on the progress in implementing Ireland’s Integrated Marine Plan, Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. Delegates also heard perspectives from policy makers, industry leaders and researchers on the challenges and opportunities for Ireland in the marine arena. The broad Conference theme for 2016 was “Into the Blue – Innovating for Our Marine Future”. Three sessions investigated how Ireland can innovate in each of the three goal areas of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, namely: A Thriving Maritime Economy, Health Ecosystems and Engagement with the Sea. The conference included speakers from government bodies, indigenous and multinational companies and organisations with an interest in the marine.

The event was organised by Our Ocean Wealth / Marine Institute Ireland and for more information please visit the official event page




3rd Irish National Event: Linking the Atlantic Strategy and Current Funding Opportunities, 24/11/2016 - Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland

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