The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions’ (CPMR) Atlantic Arc Commission (AAC) has urged the European Commission to give its full attention to maritime investments aiming to increase growth and jobs in regions across the Atlantic sea basin.
At a meeting today with Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), a CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission delegation outlined the importance of the Atlantic Strategy, which is aimed at boosting investment in the maritime sector throughout the Atlantic region.
The delegation, which included Bruno Retailleau, President of the CPMR’s Atlantic Arc Commission and the Pays de la Loire region, Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, Alain Cadec, President of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries, and Eleni Marianou, CPMR Secretary General, suggested to Commissioner Vella that there should be improved funding incentives for major projects being developed in line with the strategy.
Bruno Retailleau, President of the CPMR’s Atlantic Arc Commission and the Pays de la Loire region, said: “The Atlantic is the most well placed European sea basin for the development of projects that aim to harness the huge economic potential of ocean energy and tackle climate change. For example, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund could be used to finance an Atlantic project between Regions and Research Centres on coastal erosion and rising sea levels.”
Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, added: “Supporting the development of ocean energy is one of our priorities as we want Wales, and its partners on the Atlantic coast, to become world leaders in this exciting sector. We look forward to working more closely with our partners to build markets and create a new industry in Europe”.
Alain Cadec, President of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries, said: “This was a positive meeting with Commissioner Vella where we discussed the implementation of the Atlantic Strategy, the EMFF and the Common Fisheries Policy. We now have to prepare a post-2020 European maritime policy with a strong political commitment to support stakeholders’ initiatives.”
The delegation also urged Commissioner Vella to give particular focus to the ministerial declaration on European Maritime policies, being developed by the upcoming Maltese Presidency of the European Union.
Eleni Marianou, CPMR Secretary General, said: “The Maltese Presidency will be pivotal in the strengthening of maritime issues in the preparation of EU’s strategy post-2020. The CPMR hopes the Maltese Presidency’s future ministerial declaration will set ambitious principles. We believe the territorial dimension of the blue economy, and partnership with regions, should be part of this.”