The CPMR is opening a new phase of its work on maritime industries and marine energies, which will be led by Ms Tiina Perho, of SouthWest Finland. A working meeting open to the CPMR’s member regions will take place on 6 September in Brussels.

This new phase will seek to update the overall political vision of maritime industries at European level, already requested by organisations such as Sea-Europe, and by the European Economic and Social Committee in its opinion from April 2018, entitled ‘The LeaderSHIP 2020 strategy: A vision of the maritime technologies sector for an innovative, sustainable and competitive maritime industry in 2020’. The LeaderShip 2020 report defined a global approach to maritime industries, based on the economic interactions between the shipbuilding, marine energy, oil and gas sectors.

These economic interactions are at the heart of smart specialisation strategies in many European regions. They are intended to inspire a European political strategy to stimulate synergies between several European policies and funds which concern each of the separate segments of the maritime industries.

Defining a new overall strategy is of key importance at this stage as the European Commission has published its proposals for the future of the post-2020 European funds.

The CPMR will therefore aim to develop its suggestions that feed into this strategy. As part of its approach, the CPMR will pay particular attention to:

  • Training. The CPMR is initiating a collaboration with the Mates project, coordinated by Cetmar (Galicia). Mates is funded by the European Commission and aims to formulate proposals to develop the maritime dimension of the European Skills Agenda. Mates focuses on the field of LeaderShip 2020 and therefore maritime industries. The CPMR will contribute to the reflections carried out by this project, from the specific point of view of the regions. This will also feed the CPMR’s broader work on education and training issues in the Vasco da Gama initiative.
  • Investments. The CPMR will continue its discussions with the European Commission’s DG MARE regarding the establishment of a European investment platform for blue growth. Following an initial meeting in May 2018, an exchange took place in Dunfermline (Fife, Scotland) with the partners of the CLIPPER project, led by the Pays de la Loire Region and in which the CPMR participates as well as with the DG MARE. These exchanges allowed DG MARE to better understand the action and needs of the regions in terms of support for access to financing companies in the maritime field. On the issue of investments and a smart specialisation strategy in the field of maritime industries, the work of the CPMR will continue to rely in part on the CLIPPER project, which is building on the previous work carried out by the LeaderShip 2020 strategy.
  • Legislation, particularly in the field of marine energies around the monitoring of the Energy Package. The CPMR aims to defend the specific perspective of peripheral regions, and in particular island territories.