Lighthouse at Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia, commissioned in the 1830's, looking out over the wild Southern Ocean.

Lighthouse at Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia, commissioned in the 1830’s, looking out over the wild Southern Ocean.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup of the European Parliament was proposed to Martin Schulz by the Presidents of the Political Groups and has been approved by the Conference of Presidents. It will carry on and further develop the work led under the Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup, which the CPMR had strongly supported since 2010 acting as its Secretariat.

“This is very good news for the whole of maritime Europe, to which the CPMR belongs, and a just recognition of the work led by members of the Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup during the previous legislature. This shows that the European Parliament acknowledges how vitally important the seas and coastal regions are for the future of Europe. The Intergroup, working together with our maritime regions, will be able to put forward concrete proposals to the Commission and the Council to develop the tremendous potential of the sea in a more responsible and sustainable way,”stated Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the Regional Government of the Azores and CPMR President.

Members of the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup, representing different nationalities and political groups, will ensure coordination in Parliament on maritime and island issues. To facilitate its work, it will be structured around thematic and geographic priorities divided into sea basins and the island dimension, each of them being attached to a Vice-President member of the EP. The Intergroup and will continue to promote an integrated approach to issues such as the relationship between blue growth and green growth, the European maritime industry, the attractiveness of maritime professions, and the sustainable development of coastal areas, etc.

“The CPMR is based on geographical commissions corresponding to Europe’s sea basins and also the islands. We hope to offer the Intergroup all of our territorial expertise acquired over the years in order to support Members in their work and help shape new proposals for EU action in the areas covered by the Intergroup,” said, Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of the CPMR.

The Intergroup will kick off its work with a meeting in January 2015.