The Atlantic Arc Commission (AAC) has advised the European Commission of the importance of the Atlantic Strategy and its key role for boosting blue growth.

picture_atlantic-stakeholder-platform_aac-presidencyDuring the 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, in Dublin in September, the AAC Presidency met with Andras Inotai, the Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Vella in charge of maritime affairs and strategy.

The AAC Presidency was represented by Sébastien Pilard, Regional Councillor of the Pays de la Loire Region, Thierry Rolando, economic councillor, President Bruno Retailleau and Pauline Caumont, Executive Secretary of the AAC.

During the meeting, the AAC Presidency discussed the state-of-play of the Atlantic Strategy, and the proactive role of the AAC in fostering blue growth and funding opportunities to implement the Atlantic Strategy.

An AAC delegation also took part in a meeting of members of the Atlantic Strategy high level group the day before the conference.

The AAC Presidency was able to defend its position on two main issues:

  • Added value of the Atlantic Strategy and proposals to accelerate its implementation on the ground;
  • EMFF budget to foster Marine Renewable Energy deployment in the Atlantic.

In addition, the AAC organised a workshop on maritime training during the conference. This workshop, moderated by Pauline Caumont, gathered three speakers – Sébastien Pilard representing regional authorities, Antonio Sarmento from WAVEC representing industry, and Robert Lynch from NMCI representing the research community.

Sébastien Pilard stressed that regions are crucial actors to bridge the existing gap between academic training and industry needs in the maritime sector.