The CPMR is launching an analysis of the implementation of the EU regional policy and the financial engineering arrangements that support the blue economy in the regions.

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This analysis will complement the analysis  the CPMR has already made of the maritime priorities of the Regions’ smart specialisation strategies.

These analyses are useful in helping to fuel the discussion on the future of European funding in support of the blue economy. They also support the CPMR’s initiatives to stimulate and coordinate the mobilisation of European funds at regional level in this field.

In particular, the CPMR wants to step up its action on the issue of the mobilisation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), also known as the ‘Juncker Plan’, in the territories.

The CPMR currently collaborates with networks and projects such as EMBRIC (European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster), and ETIP Oceans and Coastal Mapping. In the framework of these collaborations, the CPMR organises exchanges between scientific or economic actors and regions around the mobilisation of the EU’s regional policy in the sectors concerned.

The CPMR is also active in the sea basins. For example, the CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission is a partner of the InnoBueGrowth project, which organises the capitalisation and communication activities of maritime projects financed by the Interreg Med Program.

Using these links, thematic seminars will be organised and provide, in particular, the opportunity to discuss the financing of maritime activities in the Mediterranean.

At the same time, the Intermediterranean Commission is part of the Union for the Mediterranean’s (UfM) work on blue growth.

The CPMR’s initiatives in connection with the question of maritime investments will be discussed at a meeting on 25 April in Brussels.