The Pays de la Loire region, currently holding the Presidency of the Atlantic Arc Commission (AAC), organised two events gathering Atlantic stakeholders in Nantes to raise awareness about the AAC and the blue economy.

bruno-retailleauAround 150 Atlantic representatives of the blue economy took part in a discussion organised by the Pays de la Loire region in Nantes on 7 October. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the priorities and ambitions set by the Pays de la Loire region, which has been chairing the AAC since June this year.

Bruno Retailleau, President of the Pays de la Loire region, stressed that one of his priorities as President of the AAC is to ensure the effective implementation of the Atlantic Strategy by the Regions.

He advised that his work programme for the AAC for the next two years consists of four priorities: strengthening the visibility of the AAC; speeding up the implementation of the Atlantic Strategy; developing joint projects within the AAC working groups; strengthening the accessibility of Atlantic territories.

We need to increase the visibility of Atlantic regions and unleash the potential of blue growth” he said.

Mr Retailleau also announced that he and French MEP, Alain Cadec, will meet with Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Fisheries and Environment, Karmenu Vella, on 7 December in Brussels.

A meeting of the AAC’s Fisheries and aquaculture working group gathering Atlantic representatives from the fisheries and aquaculture sectors was also organised in the morning. It was chaired by Christophe Priou, Regional Councilor of the Pays de la Loire region and Member of the French Parliament, who has been chairing this working group since June. Participants discussed about the main topics to be reported to the European Commissioner in December concerning the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).