Activities calendar

4th Atlantic Project Awards: Deadline has been extended!!!

The deadline for the 2020 Atlantic Project Awards has now been extended to 3 July 2020.  Read more and send us your Atlantic projects on: Atlantic ports and Blue Economy; Bue skills and ocean literacy; Marine renewable energy; Healthy oceans; and International Cooperation initiatives.

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, "EASME", is launching a call for proposals with a view to concluding grant agreements for projects in the field of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP).
Deadline: 
November 30, 2018
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
NEW! The total budget earmarked for this action is EUR 3.000.000.
Sector of Activity:
other

SAVE THE DATE: Atlantic stakeholder platform conference, 29 October 2015 - Brest, France

Protecting, securing and developing the Atlantic Area

Atlantic Action Plan Pillar 1 outcomes “Ports as gateways and hubs for the energy transition: Potential sources of energy and prototype’s analysis

The recent online webinar hosted by the Atlantic Action Plan (AAP) Pillar 1 delved into the pivotal role of ports as gateways and hubs for the energy transition. Titled "Ports as gateways and hubs for the energy transition: Potential sources of energy and prototype’s analysis," the event, held on April 15, 2024, focused on exploring decarbonization opportunities for ports and vessels.

10th Anniversary of the European Maritime Fisheries (and Aquaculture) Fund | EMFF/EMFAF

Exciting opportunity alert!

Deadline: 
July 19, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Maritime and coastal tourism

In line with the Mission 'Restore our ocean and waters by 2030', this call seeks to galvanize action among waterfront cities, regions, and islands across the European Union towards the protection and restoration of marine and freshwater ecosystems.

Deadline: 
September 18, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

The European Commission is pleased to announce a call for proposals under the framework of the Mission 'Restore our Ocean, seas and waters by 2030'.

Deadline: 
September 18, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Message from the French Presidency of the Atlantic Strategic Committee in 2024

“Sailing towards a sustainable blue future”

Atlantic Strategy & The Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 for Irish Regions

On April 17, 2024, Liz Gavin, representing the National Hub, took the stage at the Irish Regions European Office pre-plenary meeting, shedding light on the Atlantic Strategy and the pivotal role played by the National Hub in Ireland. The event focused on sharing insights from the 2023 implementation report, with a spotlight on Pillar III and its implications for Ireland’s future in Marine Renewable Energies.

European Maritime Day 2024 will spotlight the role of the Sea Basins Strategies

Discover the focal point of European Maritime Day (EMD) 2024. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Svendborg, Denmark, this annual event, hosted at the esteemed SIMAC Academy—Svendborg International Maritime Academy, promises to be an engaging affair.

Explore the Second Call for Projects now open!

Deadline: 
May 31, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
around €3.75 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and a total funding of €4.05 million
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

BeMed is dedicated to achieving significant milestones through its support for projects undertaken by or in close coordination with local stakeholders committed to combating plastic pollution on Mediterranean islands. The overarching objectives of these endeavors include:

Deadline: 
July 10, 2024
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
Water projects

Co-creating strong uptake of REMEDIES for the future of our oceans through deploying plastic litter valorisation and prevention pathways

Deadline: 
June 5, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
300 000,00 €
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Deadline: 
June 7, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

EMFAF Flagship 2021 projects in the Atlantic: FLORA & AquaWind

Almost two years after their Kick-off, the two Flagship project on innovative multi-use in the Atlantic have achieved a lot. From developing cutting-edge technology to implementing ground-breaking solutions, these projects are making a significant impact in protecting the ocean.

Roadshow Outcomes: Oportunidades de la Economía Azul en el Atlántico

BAF2024, the III edition of the Atlantic Forum on the Blue Economy (in spanish only), was held in Baiona (Pontevedra) from March 13 to 15, 2024 at the Parador de Baiona, the reference meeting on the blue economy of the Atlantic basin. 

Objective

Deadline: 
May 24, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Carbon capture and storage
Environmental monitoring
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation

Atlantic Success Story: WIN-BIG Project

Women In Blue Economy Intelligence Gathering and Capacity Boosting

1st ASC Meeting 2024 – Outcomes

ASC Meeting 2024: Charting a Course for Ocean Governance

A new EUR 2.2 million call for proposals has opened for a 

Deadline: 
June 11, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Fish for animal feeding
Fish for human consumption

European Maritime Day is much more than a two-day conference.

Deadline: 
March 22, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

FLOW: Workshop for Policy Makers on Floating Offshore Wind

The event FLOW that happened on January 23rd, within the scope of the Atlantic Strategy, discussed floating offshore wind knowledge, national plans, and targets for European Atlantic country policy makers.

French National Event at EUROMARITIME: The Outcomes

This event was the first national joint event connecting the Atlantic Action plan and the WestMED initiative. Beyond recalling the ministerial declarations which were endorsed in 2023, it was the opportunity to declare the Presidency of the AAP for France and to share the message of the Portuguese Presidency for Westmed to the attendance which was mainly composed of national stakeholders.

Interested in joining together with other regions and quadruple helix actors to explore new interregional value chains?

Deadline: 
March 29, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

The target audience of the ELBE Eurocluster call for individual services is European innovative SMEs from the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) sectors and intending to bring solutions that will address and match with one of the thematic priorities of ELBE Eurocluster.

Deadline: 
January 19, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Eurostars is part of the European Partnership on Innovative SMEs. The partnership is co-funded by the European Union through Horizon Europe.

Deadline: 
March 14, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

The vision of the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership, a European partnership under the European Commission’s Research & Innovation Framework Programme Horizon Europe, is to design, steer and

Deadline: 
April 10, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Atlantic Pillar III: SFI awards €21m to develop Ireland’s research infrastructure

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has announced funding for eight research infrastructure projects focused on transforming various sectors. The selected projects are focused on issues such as energy optimisation, AI, quantum research, biomolecule detection and more. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris, TD, said the funding will support “pioneering research”.

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The new Atlantic French Presidency: Navigating towards a Sustainable Blue Future

To foster a sustainable, decarbonised and thriving blue economy in the Atlantic region, the new French Presidency of the Atlantic Maritime Strategy highlights three key priorities that underscore the Ministerial Porto Declaration[1] commitment to environmental stewardship, stakeholder community involvement, and international cooperation.

Blue Synergies between sea basins and blue economy sectors - Outcomes

Welcome to the 2023 Implementation Report!

Welcome to the 2023 Implementation Report of the Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 (AAP 2.0)!

The European Maritime Day (EMD) 2024 is taking place again as a fully-fledged physical event, in Svendborg, Denmark on 30-31 May 2024.

Deadline: 
February 29, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Deadline: 
January 31, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Energy Transition Partnership & Financing Report

The Launch of Smart Specialisation (S3) Observatory

Launched as part of the Smart Specialisation Platform, the S3 CoP Observatory is a collaborative initiative involving DG REGIO G1, DG REGIO country desks, and the S3CoP Secretariat.

4th Atlantic Stakeholders Committee Meeting

The 4th and final meeting of the Atlantic Strategy Committee under the Portuguese Presidency happened on December 5th, chaired by Marisa Lameiras da Silva, the Director-General for Maritime Policy

The Call for workshops for the EMD 2024 is now open!

Deadline: 
December 8, 2023
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Expected Outcome

Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

Deadline: 
April 18, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

This call resorts under the Connecting Europe Facility 2021-2027 – multiannual work programme for the transport sector.

Deadline: 
January 30, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Deadline: 
December 7, 2023
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture

Atlantic Pillar II & III Webinar: Fostering the Atlantic’s blue economy - Skills for Marine Renewable Energy

The webinar on "Fostering the Atlantic’s blue economy: Skills for Marine Renewable Energy" aimed to explore the importance of developing skills and fostering ocean literacy in the context of Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) and was organized in the scope of the Pillar II and Pillar III of the 

THE REPORT | Atlantic Stakeholders Platform Conference 2023

The Atlantic Stakeholders Platform Conference 2023 REPORT is out!

The first Atlantic Ministerial Declaration

The Ministerial Meeting took place in Porto back-to-back with the Atlantic Stakeholders Platform Conference and the first Atlantic Ministerial Declaration was approved!

During the Ministerial Meeting France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain, supported by the European Commission, committed to further build on Atlantic's success by cooperating on a wide variety of Sustainable Blue Economy topics.

The objective of this call for proposals is to facilitate the implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the EU, including through the effective application of Di

Deadline: 
February 27, 2024
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Have Your Say: Pre-Demonstration Survey of the Aquawind project 

AquaWind is a research and innovative project, with the purpose of demonstrating a co-located and multi-use integrated solution. It had been selected under Regional Flagship call for the Atlantic in 2021 and started its work in September 2022. The project aims for integrating an innovative approach to finfish aquaculture with an existing maritime renewable energy production Wind to Power prototype.  

Atlantic Project Awards - Celebrating the winners of 2023!

The Atlantic Project Awards feature outstanding initiatives, successful collaborations and achievements relevant to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan 2.0. This year, five awards were granted as recognition of the projects’ outstanding performance,​​ in the following award categories, which are in line with the Pillars of the Atlantic Action Plan 2.0:

EU Consultation on the Energy Transition Partnership

Following on the Conference on the Energy Transition in EU fisheries and aquaculture held on 16 June 2023, it's still possible to provide input to the EU survey on the Energy Transition Partnership.

As highlighted in the Green Deal Industrial Plan, the achievement of climate-neutrality by 2050 will require a full mobilisation and deeper cooperation among all player

Deadline: 
November 16, 2023
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Deadline: 
October 10, 2023
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

Integration of Atlantic tourism and fisheries and maritime cultural heritage at the heart of new regional Flagship project for the Atlantic

In October 2022 the European Commission published a call for proposals for “Regional flagships projects supporting sustainable blue economy in EU sea basins” with 6 different topics including “Topic 1: promoting the diversification of fisheries activities in the Atlantic area”.

Atlantic countries strongly represented in new EMFAF Blue Career projects

On 22 September 2023 eight new projects funded under the Blue careers for a sustainable blue economy call for proposals under the European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund kicked-off.

WINNEW project - Wind-powered transport ship started sea trials across the Atlantic

In August 2023 Canopée set sail from the harbour in Caen to test EU-funded wingsails to prepare for its first journey across the Atlantic equipped with 4 Oceanwings®. The development and testing of the Oceanwings® of the French company AYRO’s as well as the communication related to this project have been at the very heart of the WINNEW project supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries fund (EMFF). The automated, lowerable and patented vertical wingsails measure 37m in height and have a surface area of 363m2 each.

Blue events happening in October: creating synergies for the Atlantic stakeholders

A series of events linked to the blue economy will happen in October 2023 in Porto. The aim is to gather the projects, potential partners, Interreg and mainstream funding programmes, managing authorities, the European Commission, and other interested parties in one single place to promote cooperation in practice, the exchange of knowledge, and the creation of synergies among the Atlantic stakeholders.

The overall aim is to accelerate the cost-effective construction and deployment of floating wind farms, facilitating their rapid and sustainable d

Deadline: 
January 21, 2025
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
Deadline: 
September 27, 2023
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Pillar I National Event - Ports as Gateways and Hubs for the Energy Transition

As with other economic activities in the EU, there is a growing need for our maritime fleets to transition and move away as soon as possible from fossil fuels. This is not only as a contribution to the objectives of the European Green Deal, including reducing GHG emissions, but also for the sector’s profitability, sustainability, and resilience. The challenges facing the fleets to undertake an energy transition, range from regulatory to technological.

2nd meeting of the Atlantic Strategy Committee

The 2nd Meeting of the Atlantic Strategy Committee under the Portuguese Presidency was held at the Alcântara Water Factory, on June 15th, and Chaired by the Director-General of Maritime Policy, Marisa Lameiras da Silva.

This meeting was attended in person and remotely by the members of the Committee and some guests, and the following topics were discussed: 

Narwhal Challenge 2023

Startups and businesses, discover France's first marine science and technology community!

Dedicated to startups and businesses, the Narwhal Challenge offers you the opportunity to meet during few days with key experts from our community: startups, SMEs, key accounts, researchers, business support organisations, innovation specialists, banks, etc

 

Deadline: 
September 19, 2023
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Atlantic Success Story: Living Ports Project

Atlantic Success Story: MarENet

Maritime Blue Economy strategies : a booster for stakeholders engagement - Pitch session EMD

The "Maritime Blue Economy strategies: a booster for stakeholders engagement" Pitch session occurred in the 25 May during the European Maritime Day, and pointed out the importance of national and regional stakeholder’s engagement to be supported at all levels and in a consistent approach for the development of a sustainable blue economy.

Atlantic Success Story: Seawing4blue

Photo credit: polaRYSE

 

Deadline: 
June 16, 2023
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
Other Sector of Activity: 
Blue Economy sectors

Update on Ireland´s Offshore Renewable Energy Sector

Dear Atlantic Strategy colleagues,

Last week, Ireland took another important step on its journey to creating the conditions for a thriving Offshore Renewable Energy sector.

Deadline: 
February 28, 2024
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Budget: 
4 000 000
Sector of Activity:
other

 

Deadline: 
September 21, 2023
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Budget: 
4 000 000
Sector of Activity:
other

Deadline: 
September 20, 2023
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Budget: 
16 000 000
Sector of Activity:
Protection of habitats

Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference 2023 - Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE: 18-19 October ASPC 2023!

More info will be shared soon...

New European Blue Forum website

We are excited to share with you the new European Blue Forum website.

1st meeting of the Atlantic Strategy Committee

The 1st meeting of the Atlantic Strategy Committee under the Portuguese Presidency was held in Porto de Lisboa on March 30th 2023

The Atlantic Initiative welcomes the Portuguese Presidency – An exclusive interview!

In 2023, Portugal will chair the Atlantic Strategy Committee in accordance with the principle of rotation among the participating countries (IE, FR, PT and ES) of the Atlantic Strategy. As referred to in the 2022 EU Blue Economy Report “It is also important to know the extent of Blue Economy activities by sea basin to be able to determine the effects of the Blue Economy at a regional level.” The Atlantic Sea Basin has unique features due to its geography, the model of governance and the potential and opportunities.

Apply for your own "In My Country" event

In 2022, EMD In My Country was a great success, with 630 virtual, physical and hybrid events, covering all the sea basins of the EU.

EMD In My Country 2023 will include physical, virtual and hybrid events that will take place from 1 April to 31 October 2023.

Organisers will receive a communication pack and their events will be promoted via the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries' information channels. 

The EU Sea Basin Strategies for the Atlantic, Western Mediterranean and Black Sea have joined forces

The European Commission has been supporting the establishment and implementation of three sea basin strategies in the Atlantic, the Black Sea and the Western Mediterranean. 

In May 2021, the European Commission adopted a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU that sets out a detailed agenda for the blue economy to play a major role in achieving the European Green Deal objectives. 

The new approach to the Sea Basin Strategy in the words of our Atlantic National Hubs

With a new year ahead and a new joint approach, let’s read what our National Hubs have to say...

Marta Pascual Marta Pascual, National Hub Pillar I,

Deadline: 
February 17, 2023
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The Programme budget allocated to this First Call is 45.4 M€. This allocation may be adjusted by the Monitoring Committee in line with the Programme needs.
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

ASC Portuguese Presidency Message

Details

Status OPEN

Publication date 13 October 2022

Deadline: 
January 31, 2023
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Fish for animal feeding
Fish for human consumption
Marine aquaculture

Atlantic Success Stories

enlightenedThe purpose of the Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 is to unlock the potential of the sustainable Blue Economy in the Atlantic area while preserving marine ecosystems and contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation of environmental hazards.

 

New All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance political Declaration

The EU signs landmark All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Declaration with 7 partner countries

In Washington, D.C. on 13 July, the European Union, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cabo Verde, Morocco, South Africa and the United States signed a new All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Declaration. It will continue the successful journey of ocean science diplomacy and set a common path forward for ocean research cooperation in the Atlantic, from Pole to Pole, for the next decade.

United Nations Ocean Conference 2022

United Nations Ocean Conference 

Save our Ocean, Protect our Future...

The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, came at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs.

The limited diversity of talent in the tech world is frequently identified as an issue that can hamper the performance and growth of innovative start-ups and scale-ups, and as such is a concern for the European Innovation Council.

Deadline: 
September 8, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 700 000 euro.
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

The opportunities created by novel technologies and disruptive innovations promise to deliver the fair and sustainable recovery Europe needs. But Europe risks missing out on these opportunities if half its population is overlooked as a source of innovation and creative talent.

Deadline: 
August 18, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 300 000 euro.
Sector of Activity:
other

EIC Transition aims at maturing both your technology and business idea thus increasing its technology and market readiness.

Deadline: 
September 28, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 131 360 126 euro.
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation

This call for proposals has the following main objectives:

Deadline: 
September 22, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 2 500 000 euro.
Sector of Activity:
Fish for animal feeding
Fish for human consumption
Marine biotechnology
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation
other

Mission Atlantic Review Meeting - Policy Session

Mission Atlantic would like to invite you to a short policy presentation regarding  

Update of the EU maritime security strategy and its action plan

The Commission would like to hear your views.

We are happy to inform you that the public consultation regarding the update of the EU Maritime Security Strategy and its Action Plan has just been launched!

World Ocean Initiative

Only 6 days left for Interreg's call to close!!

Only six days left before the deadline for the first call for project proposals. Go through the materials available on their website and finalise your project proposal before 31 May 2022 noon CEST / Paris time.

More details HERE

The “Women in the Blue Economy” call for proposals is now open

Today the European Commission has launched the “Women in the Blue Economy” call for proposals under the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF). With a EUR 2.5 million budget, the call will help increase the participation of women in the different sectors of the blue economy, such as fisheries, aquaculture, shipbuilding, maritime transport, offshore renewable energy, blue bioeconomy, as well as inland and offshore aquaculture. Up to 2 projects are expected to be funded, with an exceptional co-funding of 90%.

The EU Blue Economy report 2022

In its fifth edition, the EU Blue Economy Report continues to analyse the scope and size of the Blue Economy in the European Union. It aims at providing support to policymakers and stakeholders in the quest for a sustainable development of oceans, coastal resources and, most notably, to the development and implementation of policies and initiatives under the European Green Deal in line with the new approach for a sustainable Blue Economy. Through its economic evidence, the Report also seeks to serve as a source of inspiration to investors.

European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF)

European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund

The new infographic detailing the new European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund in now online.  Check it out here.

#EULife22 Info Days

From 18 – 20 May, CINEA will hold various virtual information sessions on the LIFE 22 Calls for proposals. 

These live virtual sessions will guide potential applicants through the LIFE programme, the Calls for proposals and the priority topics for 2022.  

Stakeholder event on the common fisheries policy, 10 June 2022

Registrations are now open for a hybrid stakeholder event on the functioning of the common fisheries policy (CFP) and common market organisation (CMO), taking place on 10 June 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. Concluding a consultation process that started last December, the event will help the European Commission prepare the report on the functioning of the CFP and CMO, due both to be adopted by the end of the year.

Participation of the Atlantic Steering Committee in the Atlantic-Arctic Lighthouse workshop

On the 7th of April, Lara Ventas, on behalf of the Atlantic Steering Committee, took part as speaker at a workshop organized by the European Union about the Mission restore our Oceans and Waters by 2030.

Dissemination and exploitation strategy for Horizon Europe

Towards an integrated dissemination & exploitation ecosystem. The publication contains information on the background, vision and mission, objectives and related activities of the Dissemination and Exploitation (D&E) Strategy for Horizon Europe. The aim is to inform R&I stakeholders of the integrated D&E ecosystem.

Turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities is the ambition of the green transition. The European Green Deal has the goal to ma

Deadline: 
October 18, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 36763277
Sector of Activity:
other

SMART SPECIALISATION FOR MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY | REGISTRATION FORM

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BlueInvest: Commission and EIF agree to mobilise €500 million with new equity fund for blue economy

At the BlueInvest Days 2022 in Brussels, Commissioner Virginius Sinkevičius and European Investment Fund (EIF) Deputy Chief Executive, Roger Havenith have announced a new dedicated equity initiative for the blue economy under InvestEU.  

EUMOFA Published Meagre in the EU

EUMOFA is pleased to announce the publication of a new Price Structure Analysis entitled Meagre in the EU.

ProtoAtlantic: Innovation in the Marine Environment in the Atlantic Area Region

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ProtoAtlantic, an Interreg Atlantic Area funded project, provided marine-specific support mechanisms to marine start-ups and SMEs in emerging sectors, including business support through the accelerator and mentorship programs, enabling companies to fast track their product development through access to prototyping and testing facilities in all partner regions.

Background: 

The European Commission has through the Blue Growth objectives for the first time highlighted marine sectors as unique market opportunities with high growth potential which carry socio-economic importance to the development of coastal regions. Particularly marine sectors such as aquaculture, marine robotics, and marine renewable energy which fulfil global needs in food safety and security, enable monitoring and exploration in harsh and remote conditions, and globally growing energy needs were recognized as catalysts to achieve sustainable development.
Marine start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) were identified as potential drivers in emerging marine sectors. However, they require support mechanisms tailored to their needs as they are competing for the same business and financial support as land-based SMEs, yet the research and development infrastructure is more difficult to access.

Objectives: 

The main objective of the project was to develop a model for the prototyping and exploitation of innovative ideas in the maritime sector.
We identified product innovation capacity in the maritime sector willing to address emerging markets in a cocreation paradigm with the local start-up communities, research centres and universities.
We based the project actions in existing co-working spaces and blue acceleration programs specialized in the marine sector and replicated success stories. For that purpose, we implemented an acceleration program, starting from ideation to market access where a normed and structured process was used to manage product innovation. The acceleration programs attracted innovative ideas, covering from business model to market validation, including test phases in the most important European infrastructures.
The PROTOATLANTIC network allowed us to find the best place to build and test the prototype, and to identify the best places for the company to establish and launch its business. We involved policymakers and business support agencies to provide the ecosystem of legal and long-term support.

Results and Transferability: 

The main objective of the project was to develop a model for the prototyping and exploitation of innovative ideas in the maritime sector.
We identified product innovation capacity in the maritime sector willing to address emerging markets in a cocreation paradigm with the local start-up communities, research centres and universities.
We based the project actions in existing co-working spaces and blue acceleration programs specialized in the marine sector and replicated success stories. For that purpose, we implemented an acceleration program, starting from ideation to market access where a normed and structured process was used to manage product innovation.
The acceleration programs attracted innovative ideas, covering from business model to market validation, including test phases in the most important European infrastructures.
The PROTOATLANTIC network allowed us to find the best place to build and test the prototype, and to identify the best places for the company to establish and launch its business. We involved policy makers and business support agencies to provide the ecosystem of a legal and long-term support.

Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

The Interreg Atlantic Area encompasses partner regions in France, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, and Spain. The consortium partners consist of Technopôle Brest Iroise (Brest, France), University College Cork – UCC (Cork, Ireland), County Council Cork (Cork, Ireland), INESC TEC (Porto, Portugal), the European Marine Energy Centre – EMEC (Orkney, Scotland), EMERGE (Canary Islands, Spain), and the lead partner, Innovalia Association (Canary Islands, Spain). The strategic collaboration between the partners provided marine start-ups access to testing facilities in the Atlantic Ocean. The extreme living laboratories provided by EMEC, the LiR National Ocean Testing Facilities at UCC’s Centre of Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI centre), and INESC TEC promise harsh real-life conditions which test the suitability of marine technologies to the limit thereby providing start-ups and SMEs with an extra layer of confidence in
developing their technologies. This cross-regional collaboration puts the ProtoAltantic program in a unique position, as it is the first of its kind to dedicate marine-specific support to marine startups and SMEs which have benefited from the opportunities that ProtoAtlantic has provided.

Funding instrument used: 
INTERREG
Project or best practice title: 
ProtoAtlantic: Innovation in the Marine Environment in the Atlantic Area Region
Country: 
Spain
Region: 
Canary Islands
City: 
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Funding contribution (€): 
1.390.421,22
Private contribution (€): 
463.473,74

Future of Biofuels Summit 19-20 Oct 2022 Copenhagen, Denmark

4th European Conference and Expo
Future of Biofuels 2022

19-20 October, Copenhagen, Denmark

After successful 2021 with over 150+ participants new 2022 will take place in Copenhagen on 19-20 October 2022.

Two workshops - Ports and Ocean literacy teams of the AAP 2.0 | Registration

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EU4Ocean in action awards: Call for nominations!

The EU4Ocean coalition, an initiative supported by the European Commission (EC), Directorate General Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), is nearly two-year old. It is time to celebrate this milestone and the many contributions of its growing communities to Let’s make Europe Blue!

Proposals are expected to focus on marine ecosystem restoration at a large scale through:

Deadline: 
April 12, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

Proposals under this topic will focus on innovation actions in protection, conservation and enhancement of the EU's blue natural capital that have the potential to be up scaled and reproduced at European level and beyond.

Deadline: 
April 12, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

Union Civil Protection Mechanism

The Union Civil Protection Mechanism budget for the next 7 years (2021-2027) amounts to €3.3 billion. This encompasses the Multiannual Financial Framework allocation of €1.263 billion and the additional Next Generation EU allocation of €2.056 billion as a temporary reinforcement addressing the recovery needs of the EU and its Member States as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis.

Disasters know no borders. The risks posed by natural and man-made hazards are cross-border due to their spatial dimension (e.g. earthquakes, fires, severe weather, floods and space weather), as well as the volatility and scale of their impacts (e.g.

Deadline: 
May 24, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Environmental monitoring
other

This topic aims to contribute to setting standards for future inherently safer hydrogen bunkering for inland shipping, and for short-distance sea-going maritime applications, including in island contexts.

Deadline: 
September 20, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

FORTHCOMING - Planned opening date 30 June 2022

Deadline: 
November 23, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

The Mission Ocean, seas and water WP part under Horizon Europe, defines “lighthouses” as “hubs and platforms supporting the development and deployment of transformative innovative solutions in all forms – technological, social, business, governance, ensuring fast progress towards the achievem

Deadline: 
April 12, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

Progress towards climate neutrality of waterborne transport can be achieved more quickly by means of retrofit solutions that improve the performance of the existing fleet (sea-going and IWT) whilst solutions which are exclusive to new ships can only be implemented at the pace of the commercially

Deadline: 
April 26, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
Shipbuilding (excl. leisure boats) and ship repair
other

In the context of the CISE transitional phase, the main objectives of this call for proposals are to enhance the cooperation between public maritime authorities (including European Commission Services and EU Agencies) by promoting the development of at leas

Deadline: 
April 7, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

Pilot Action on Partnerships for Regional Innovation: Your region can apply now

The European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have launched the call of interest for a new pilot action on Partnerships for Regional Innovation. The Pilot Action will involve up to 24 European participants (Member States, regions or groups of regions) who feel driven to transform their economies and societies and who are willing to further develop their own strategic policy framework dealing with innovation, industrial development, sustainability transitions and broader economic and social development.

Pilot Action on Partnerships for Regional Innovation: Your region can apply now!

Objective:

Deadline: 
April 25, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Portugal to auction 3-4 GW of floating offshore wind farms in summer

LISBON, March 16 (Reuters) - Portugal plans to hold its first auction for floating offshore farms this summer, which it hopes will be able to produce between 3 and 4 gigawatts (GW) of power in 2026, Environment and Energy Transition minister Joao Matos Fernandes told Reuters.

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Source: Reuters, Reporting by Sergio Goncalves

Participation of Spanish National Hub in the Macro Regional Strategies week

Today, March 10th, the Spanish National Hub of the Atlantic Action Plan took part as speaker at a workshop organized by DG MARE and DG REGIO within the Macro Regional Strategies week (7 to 11 March 2022). The workshop, titled “S3 interregional cooperation on sustainable blue economy: Cross fertilisation among MacroRegional Strategies an

Floating offshore wind has the potential to unleash a new European industrial sector able to deliver clean and sustainable energy.

Deadline: 
February 23, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

Project results are expected to contribute to some of the following expected outcomes:

Deadline: 
February 23, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

As wind turbines grow bigger and taller, the blade tips are increasing more affected by turbulent atmospheric flow features, while airborne wind energy systems operate at even higher altitudes.

Deadline: 
February 23, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

Deadline: 
April 26, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
Other Sector of Activity: 
Energy supply

Projects are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:

Deadline: 
March 30, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Environmental monitoring
Research & innovation
other

Objective:

Deadline: 
April 26, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture
Marine biotechnology

Objectives

Deadline: 
March 10, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Coastal protection
Environmental monitoring
other

The objective of this call is to set up a small grant facility for projects in the EU Outermost Regions (ORs) and the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration and sustainable use of ecosystem services, including ecosystem-based approaches to cl

Deadline: 
April 26, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
32 000 000
Sector of Activity:
Marine biotechnology
Protection of habitats
other

In the context of the CISE transitional phase, the main objectives of this call for proposals are to enhance the cooperation between public maritime authorities (including European Commission Services and EU Agencies) by promoting the development of at leas

Deadline: 
April 7, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
2 437 500
Sector of Activity:
other

The objective is to support the deployment of Alternative Fuel supply infrastructure for waterborne transport by supporting low-emission solutions in the transition phase towards decarbonising maritime and inland waterway transport along the TEN-T network.

Deadline: 
June 7, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
Available budget is 125 000 000 per year.
Sector of Activity:
other

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Deadline: 
December 31, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Maritime and coastal tourism

The European Commission has launched the first Call for projects for the new Interregional Innovation Investment instrument (I3).

Deadline: 
February 1, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

European Maritime Day 2022

The European Maritime Day (EMD) is the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and outline joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy.

Pillar II and IV - Workshop 2 | Registration

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The call for proposals “Flagship projects promoting a sustainable blue economy through regional maritime cooperation in the Atlantic, the Black Sea and the Western Mediterranean (EMFAF-2021-PIA-FLAGSHIP)” is now published on the

Deadline: 
January 12, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Maritime and coastal tourism
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation

Pilla III - Workshop 2 | Registration

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In the context of the CISE transitional phase, the main objectives of this call for proposals are to enhance the cooperation between public maritime authorities (including European Commission Services and EU Agencies) by promoting the development of at leas

Deadline: 
January 18, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
Available budget: 2 437 500
Sector of Activity:
other

Renewable energy technologies will be evermore present in the lives of European citizens, thus a harmonious co-existence is essential.

Deadline: 
February 23, 2022
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
Available budget: 10 000 000 EURO
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation

In line with the European Green Deal’s zero pollution ambition and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, successful proposals will support the development and implementation of a policy vision and the transition needed to reach clean European seas, cutting across behavioural, social-economic a

Deadline: 
October 6, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 3 000 000 EURO.
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
Other Sector of Activity: 
Ocean sustainability

In support to the European Green Deal and climate initiatives, and the EU Arctic Policy, successful proposals will contribute to strengthening the ocean - climate nexus and our understanding of the ocean and polar regions, as an integral part of the Earth’s climate system.

Deadline: 
October 6, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 15 000 000 EURO
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
International Cooperation

The successful proposal will contribute to fostering a sustainable, balanced and inclusive coastal development, supporting the implementation of the European Green Deal, incorporating a better understanding of the environmental, socio-economic, behavioural, cultural and demographic drivers of cha

Deadline: 
October 6, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 6 000 000 EURO.
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

Pillar I Workshop 3 | Registration

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8th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference | Pre-Registration Form

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Pillar I Workshop 2 | Registration

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Blue Economy open call will run from 2 June to 3 August 2021, 5pm CEST.

DigiCirc is looking for European SMEs/Start-ups that can use digital tools and apply cutting-edge solutions in the circular economy by addressing specific challenges in the domain of Blue Economy.

Deadline: 
August 3, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Team

 

Central Team

Claudia Rocha

Claúdia Rocha​

Claúdia Rocha is the Engagement Leader of the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan. Cláudia joined PwC in 1996 and she is currently the Strategy Advisory leader in PwC Portugal, Angola and Cape Verde. With more than 24 years of professional experience, she has been working for several years with private and public organisations, assisting them in the execution of major investment projects, in Portugal, Angola and Cape Verde. She has been responsible for the coordination of multidisciplinary teams in projects related to the elaboration of strategic plan, business plans, companies and businesses valuations, financial structuring of capital projects, model reviews, economic and financial feasibility studies, analysis of strategic options including financial restructurings, identification of investors, fundraising and identification of strategic partners in the development of new projects, market analysis, economic impact analyses and other specialised interventions. Cláudia is a member of PwC Blue Economy Centre of Excellence PwC Portugal and has a wide client base in the Maritime industries sector, including: Leixões Cruise Terminals, Port Authority of the Setúbal and Sesimbra region, Urban Wind, Windplus, REN, among other entities at national, regional and local levels. Under the scope of the public sector Cláudia worked with Cape Verde Ministry of Finance, Portugal Ministry of Economy, eSPap (Portuguese Public Administration Shared Services Center Entity), AEP (Portuguese Business Association), AIP (Portuguese Industrial Association), FLAD (Portuguese-American Foundation for Development Aid), Cape Verde Government, IFD (Portuguese Financial Development Institution), etc. She has a close relationship with several intergovernmental institutions, such as World Bank, African Development Bank, IMF, European Investment Bank, European Commission, since she has been involved in the intermediation between her clients and these organisations, in specific projects.


Pedro Guerreiro​

Pedro Guerreiro​

Pedro is the Support Leader of the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Strategy. He is a Director of Strategy Advisory department, at the PwC Portugal. He is also the responsible of PwC Blue Economy Centre of Excellence PwC Portugal. Pedro has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Management; Master’s in science in Industrial Engineering and Management; Prince2 Practitioner Certification; and, INSEAD Strategy Execution Programme. Pedro has more than 8 years of professional experience in finance, investment and assessing of financial viability of companies/projects plus market and sectoral analysis, PMO and analytics. In his career as a consultant to European Institutions, he has worked in projects related to intellectual property, innovation, entrepreneurship, support to growth SMEs and member state convergence. Pedro is part of the team of the Blueinvest project and is responsible for the Digital Blue Economy Platform Development, project in partnership with Forum Oceano that intends to provide an integrated quantitative analysis of the overall Blue Economy trends and for each sector, in a sustainable and inclusive approach, by presenting relevant performance indicators of a geography and its positioning, in a visual and dynamic format.


Mariana Taylor Jesus

Mariana Taylor Jesus

Mariana is the Sea Basin Coordinator for the Atlantic and is a Strategy Advisory Manager at PwC Portugal. Mariana has more than 7 years relevant experience. Her relevant certifications are Undergraduate Degree in Business Administration; Master of Science in Business Administration, Major in Innovation and Technology. Mariana has a strong knowledge in strategy planning projects, as well as preparing and presenting training sessions, developing benchmark studies, supporting strategy implementation as PMO and designing efficient and effective processes in different industries. Mariana is native in Portuguese, fluent in English and Spanish both spoken and written. Mariana has been involved in the previous Atlantic Assistance Mechanism as Project Manager for the Central Team.


Ana Gonçalves

Ana Gonçalves

Ana Gonçalves is a Senior Consultant at PwC Portugal, being the Central Point of Contact for the Atlantic Assistance Mechanism. Ana is a master graduate with a technological academic background and successful experiences in top multinational companies in the private sector, in the fields of information technologies and consultancy. She is an experienced senior strategy and finance consultant with solid experience in project management, consulting, strategy, operations and innovation.


Elina Zempili

Elina Zempili 

Elina Zempili is the Monitoring Expert of the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan.  Elina has over 20 years of experience in managing complex EU-funded technical assistance projects and in managing multi-national teams of experts.  Elina is a leader in the international project area, specialised on the monitoring and evaluation of development projects, and has been responsible for the identification and supervision of international and local experts for the implementation of several EU development assistance projects.She has worked extensively in several EU projects, where she has managed large multi-dimensional teams comprised of experts in the various fields of communications, public relations, community buliding, monitoring, innovation, SMEs etc.  and reported successfully to the Contracting Authorities.  She has been actively involved  in the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan, holding the position of team leader since 2016.  Elina holds an MA in European Politics from Vrije Universiteit Brussels. She speaks English and Greek fluently and has a basic understanding of French.  

National Hubs

National Hub France

Frédérick Herpers

Frédérick​ Herpers

Frédérick Herpers is an engineer in hydrography and oceanography (ENSTA Bretagne). He has 13 years of experience in geophysics sciences (hydrography, oceanography, geography) for civilian and military purposes (for the Defence ministry. He has more than 10 years of experience in design and implementation of integrated maritime and coastal policies (EU, Sea basin, national, regional and local level) as Integrated Maritime Policy advisor for French Prime Minister at Secretariat general de la Mer (2008-2011). He contributed to the elaboration and adoption of the French maritime policy in 2009, the law transposition of MSFD as the environmental pillar of the national strategy for the sea and the shoreline. As a consultant since 2014 at Stratégies Mer et Littoral (SML), he has been involved in several projects related to Blue Economy mainly in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea mobilizing his skills and experience in legal and technical matters to develop and implement endorsed maritime strategies and to engage stakeholders in a sustainable blue economy. He has been the national hub for France since 2018 for WestMed Initiative and 2020 for the Atlantic Action Plan 2.0. Therefore, he has a strong liaison with the national coordinator (Secrétariat géneral de la Mer). He is used to work with French maritime competitiveness clusters (Pôle Mer Méditerranée and Atlantique Bretagne) which assists him in its functions as NH for the respective seabasin in a synergetic approach. He provides with assistance in the design and implementation of integrated maritime and coastal policies and coastal territorial projects, in project management assistance (prospective and strategic studies, drafting of specifications, monitoring of studies, blue economy assessment, maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal zones management) for public authorities, NGOs or private sectors.


 

National Hub Ireland

Elizabeth Gavin

Elizabeth has over 23 years experience working on EU related programmes as an EU official in both Brussels and The Hague for the European Commission, Eurojust and Clean Aviation (formerly Clean Sky JU). Elizabeth has also considerable experience in international stakeholder management (including Airbus, Rolls Royce, Liebherr, Dassault, Leonardo and Saab (Aviation Research Divisions) She has worked within the European Commission, reported regularly into the European Parliament, and liaised with the European Court of Auditors throughout her career in the EU. Over the past 7 years based in Ireland, Elizabeth has been supporting companies and third level organisations on EU funding opportunities, including working on maritime and blue economy initiatives in Ireland. She has also contributed to policy development initiatives relating to the role of Ports for offshore wind development and the green transition of ports. Elizabeth has a wealth and unique combination of expert knowledge in the research and innovation business community as well as from within the EU institutions. She strikes a unique balance in approach and understanding which she brings to the Atlantic Assistance Mechanism in her role as National Hub for Ireland. Elizabeth speaks fluent French. She has been National Hub for Ireland since January 2020.


 

National Hub Portugal

Frederico Pinto Ferreira

Frederico Pinto Ferreira is currently Blue Tech Manager at Fórum Oceano where he has been working since 2013 engaged with activities related with ports, shipping and logistics, shipbuilding and ship repair, marine renewables, offshore and ocean technology facilitating networking, stimulating new projects ideas, new business opportunities and supporting international cooperation in these sectors. Graduated as a Regional and Urban Planning Engineer (IST Lisbon) with Post Graduate studies on Renewable Energies, he has a wealth of work experience related with blue economy and maritime affairs, namely: worked for the Forward Studies Unit of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), made part of the Maritime Policy Task Force of European Commission, in Brussels, and was also Executive Director of IDCEM –Institute for the Development of the Knowledge and Economy of the Sea. Since the former period (2019 -2022) he already acts on behalf of Fórum Oceano as National Hub for WestMED initiative.


Ruben Eiras

Ruben Eiras

Ruben Eiras entered the Fórum Oceano team in 2020 as Coordinator for Blue Economy Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Investment and Financing and he is since September 2021 Secretary-general of Fórum Oceano. Prior, he was the Director-General for Maritime Policy, Ministry of the Sea of Portugal (2018-2020), and Advisor for Energy, Innovation and Industry of the Minister of the Sea of Portugal (2015-2018). He held the position of Science and Technology Manager at the Research and Technology Department at Galp Energia (Main Portuguese Oil&Gas Company), and he was Energy Security Program Director at Luso-American Foundation. Also, he was SAS Technical Member Energy Security from NATO Science and Technology Organization and member of the Group of Experts on Natural Gas from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Ruben graduated in Sociology of Work from Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, University of Lisbon, has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Systems, Executive Master MIT Portugal Program and a PhD degree in History, Defense and International Relations from the University Institute of Lisbon and Military Academy.


 

National Hub Spain

Marta Pascual

Marta Pascual

Marta Pascual is currently also the Spanish National Hub for the Western Mediterranean Initiative (WestMED). She is former participant of the EU MSP Platform and has also been working as a Senior Associate Expert for the EU Commission and ECORYS in works related to MSP for Blue Growth and Blue Economy. Academically, she holds a PhD in Maritime Spatial Planning, is a former Ikerbasque Post-Doctoral Researcher and currently a Guest Researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3, Spain), where she is advancing with the Eco-modelling Research Team on the development of marine ecosystem services models using their developed semantic-modelling platform that uses artificial intelligence – ARIES.  She has more than 11 years of professional experience in the application and implementation of various European environmental and maritime directives such as the MSFD; MSPD; Habitats and Birds Directive, WFD. Her experience in research include various lines of spatial analysis, stakeholder engagement, scenario mapping, participatory mapping and marine and coastal research applied to maritime policies such as MSP, Ecosystem Services Mapping/Modelling, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Biological Valuation and Ecosystem Services Valuation (ESV).

 

Pillar Coordinators

 

Pillar 1: Ports as gateways and hubs for the blue economy

Pillar 2: Blue Skills and Ocean Literacy

Pillar 3: Marine Renewable Energy

Pillar 4: Coastal resilience & Healthy Ocean

Carlos Botana
Ana NORONHA
Kerrie Sheehan
Phil MONBET

Carlos Botana

President of the Port Authority of Vigo

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Ana NORONHA

Executive Director of Ciência Viva

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Kerrie Sheehan

Head of Research & Technology at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

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Phil MONBET

Deputy Director Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique

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Pillar IV Workshop | Registration

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Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

A new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU

The European Commission has published a new communication adopting a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU.

Kick off meeting of the AsPBAN project

Kick off meeting of the Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network (AspBAN) project

Workshop Nacional Del Pillar III

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The main objective of Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) is to help Atlantic Area (AA) enterprises test marine renewable energy technology in real sea environments and to enable power to be economically generated from the ocean.

Deadline: 
April 2, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

1st Workshop Pillar II: Blue Skills of the Future and Ocean Literacy

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#AtlanticArea Programme is now launching a PUBLIC CONSULTATION

The Managing Authority of the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme together with the members of the Task Force are preparing the new programme for the 2021-2027 period. After several meetings and the benefit of advice from a team of experts, they are now presenting a summary of the strategy for the next Atlantic Area Programme and launching a public consultation, open to all Atlantic stakeholders and interested parties.

EASME wishes to enter into a service contract to assess the potential of algae to contribute to the EU’s climate, food and biodiversity strategies under the 2019 EU Green Deal proposal resetting the Commission's commitment to achieving zero emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 with economic grow

Deadline: 
May 31, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

Call for Tender on Algae & Climate

EASME wishes to enter into a service contract to assess the potential of algae to contribute to the EU’s climate, food and biodiversity strategies under the 2019 EU Green Deal proposal resetting the Commission's commitment to achieving zero emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 with economic growth decoupled from resource use. Learn more here: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=7169

BlueInvest Day 2021 announces new funds for the ocean economy

Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, is participating today at the BlueInvest Day 2021 conference co-organised jointly by the European Commission and the European Investment Fund where participants from 67 countries, including all EU Member States, are registered to attend.

L'appel à projets (AAP) "Accélération du Développement des Ecosystèmes d'Innovation Performants" s’inscrit dans le cadre du Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (PIA).

Deadline: 
June 28, 2021
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
other

L’appel à projets « PSPC » est un dispositif de soutien financé par le Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (PIA) qui a pour vocation de sélectionner des projets de recherche et développement structurants pour la compétitivité.

Deadline: 
June 29, 2021
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

BlueInvest Awards 2021 - Call for Pitch Candidates

The call for Pitch candidates at the BlueInvest Awards 2021 is open.

European Maritime Day in My Country 2021

In parallel with EMD Conference in Den Helder (20-21 May 2021) EMD In My Country 2021 events will take place all over Europe from April to October 2021.

Provisional political agreement on the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) for the period of 2021-2027.

On 4 December 2020, the Commission, the Council and the Parliament reached a provisional political agreement on the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) for the period of 2021-2027.

Blue Economy Window call launched today!

The 2020 Blue Economy Window – BlueInvest Grants call is open.  Interested stakeholders can submit their applications from 12 November 2020 until 16 February 2021.

The grants offered to SMEs in this blue economy window call for proposals shall help advance market-readiness of new products, services or processes.

Deadline: 
February 16, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

PORTUGAL BLUE: a new initiative for blue economy investments

The EIF and the Portuguese national promotional institution, Instituição Financeira de Desenvolvimento (IFD), launched PORTUGAL BLUE, a €50 million equity partnership to support Portuguese companies active in the area of blue economy

7th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference

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Deadline: 
January 26, 2021
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

20th anniversary of Atlantic Cities at the European Week of Cities and Regions

In the framework of Atlantic Cities’ 20th anniversary, the network and its members will hold several online workshops during the European Week of Cities and Regions.

Targeted Consultation on International Ocean Governance

Today, the European Commission and the European External Action Service launched a targeted consultation to assess development needs and options for the EU’s International Ocean Governance Agenda.

Atlantic action plan 2.0: A revamped maritime strategy to foster a sustainable blue economy and the EU Green Deal

On 23 July 2020, the European Commission adopted an updated action plan for a sustainable, resilient and competitive blue economy in the EU Atlantic area, covering France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.  

Interested stakeholders can find the informative brochure on the revised Atlantic Action Plan available here in EN, FR, PT and ES.  

The full text of the EC Communication on the Atlantic maritime strategy - Atlantic Action plan 2.0 can be found here.

Horizon 2020 - Green Deal Call, "Towards a Digital Twin of the Ocean"

The European Commission will publish soon (expected date is 17 September 2020) an approximate 1 billion Euro call titled "Green Deal for Research Proposals"

The Green Deal call, expected to be published on 17 September 2020, will mobilise research and innovation to foster a just and sustainable societal transition aiming at ‘leaving nobody behind’. Projects are expected to deliver tangible and visible results relatively quickly and show how research and innovation can provide concrete solutions for the Green Deal main priorities.

Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

OCEAN/BLUE GROWTH PROJECTS: Citizen engagement regarding HE Mission Caring for Mission Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters

"Let's fulfill our EU Missions. Get involved."

Let's help our ocean, seas, lakes and rivers to recover by 2030..

Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters #MissionOcean

#EUBeachCleanUp goes online

Our Ocean starts with you! Together, we can turn a drop in the ocean into a wave of change.

The present call targets projects on low-carbon technologies and processes in all sectors covered by Directive 2003/87/EC (the EU ETS Directive): 

Deadline: 
October 29, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy

The objective of this call for proposals is to support the establishment and implementation of Maritime Spatial Plans in line with the objectives pursued in the framework of the MSP Directive.

Deadline: 
November 10, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

EU: Regenerating our ocean and waters by 2030

In this interim report, the Mission Board on Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters propose a Mission to regenerate European ocean and waters by 2030.

National Hubs

EN:  Please note that the current Assistance Mechanism’s National Hubs are not operational as of 13 July 2020 and we will inform you as soon as new National Hubs are appointed. You may contact the Assistance Mechanism Central team at helpdesk@atlanticstrategy.eu or at the individual National Hub emails which will remain functional till 12 August 2020. (nationalhubfrance@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubireland@atlanticstraregy.eu; nationalhubportugal@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubspain@atlanticstrategy.eu)


FR:  Veuillez noter que le hub nationaux du mécanisme d'assistance ne sont pas opérationnels au 13 juillet 2020 et nous vous informerons dès que de nouveaux hub nationaux seront nommés. Vous pouvez contacter l'équipe centrale du mécanisme d'assistance à helpdesk@atlanticstrategy.eu ou aux e-mails individuels du hub nationaux qui resteront fonctionnels jusqu'au 12 août 2020. (nationalhubfrance@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubireland@atlanticstraregy.eu; nationalhubportugal@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubspain@atlanticstrategy.eu)


PT:  Observe que os Hubs Nacionais do Mecanismo de Assistência atual não estão operacionais a partir de 13 de julho de 2020 e informaremos assim que novos Hubs Nacionais forem nomeados. Você pode entrar em contato com a equipe da Central de Mecanismos de Assistência em helpdesk@atlanticstrategy.eu ou nos e-mails individuais do National Hub, que permanecerão funcionais até 12 de agosto de 2020. (nationalhubfrance@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubireland@atlanticstraregy.eu; nationalhubportugal@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubspain@atlanticstrategy.eu)


ES:  Tenga en cuenta que los Unidads Nacionales del Mecanismo de Asistencia actual no están operativos desde el 13 de julio de 2020 y le informaremos tan pronto como se designen nuevos Unidads Nacionales. Puede ponerse en contacto con el equipo de Central del Mecanismo de Asistencia en helpdesk@atlanticstrategy.eu o en los correos electrónicos individuales de Unidads Nacionales que permanecerán operativos hasta el 12 de agosto de 2020. (nationalhubfrance@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubireland@atlanticstraregy.eu; nationalhubportugal@atlanticstrategy.eu; nationalhubspain@atlanticstrategy.eu)


 

EU Blue Economy Report 2020

In June 2020 the European Commission published “The EU Blue Economy Report 2020”, providing an overview of the performance of the EU economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment. With a turnover of €750 billion in 2018, the EU blue economy is in good health. There were also 5 million people working in the blue economy sector in 2018, representing a significant increase of 11.6% compared to the year before.

Call for workshops for the ASPC2020 has been launched...

The Call for Workshops for the 7th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference to be held in Bordeaux has just opened.

AYCH Kids II Drawing contest ends on 30 June 2020

Atlantic Cities has extended its deadline for the AYCH Kids II Drawing Contest 2020 to 30 June 2020.

Looking for an Atlantic Keynote Speaker

Did you know that the Atlantic Cities network is turning 20 this year and is looking for an Atlantic Keynote Speaker to speak in the celebrations to be held in their workshop during the European Week of Cities and Regions next October in Brussels?

EU4Ocean Coalition coming soon: join the announcement on World Ocean Day!

On Monday 8 June, on World Ocean Day, the Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit will be livestreamed between 11:00 and 14:00.

The Call for Proposals for Atlantic Ports has just been launched

The European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (EMFF) just announched the call for proposals for "Cross-sectoral development of innovative port clusters in the Atlantic: Developing a blue accelerator scheme for Atlantic ports". The overarching objective of this call is to boost entrepreneurship and foster a sustainable blue economy in the Atlantic area by increasing the competitiveness and resilience of Atlantic ports. More specifically, this action aims at supporting:

The overarching objective of this call is to boost entrepreneurship and foster a sustainable blue economy in the Atlantic area by increasing the competitiveness and resilience of Atlantic ports. 

Specifically, this action aims at supporting:

Deadline: 
September 10, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The overall budget for 2020 is 1 100 000.
Sector of Activity:
Transport (port connectivity and accessibility)

L’appel à projets « PSPC » est un dispositif de soutien financé par le Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (PIA) qui a pour vocation de sélectionner des projets de recherche et développement structurants pour la compétitivité.

Projets attendus

Deadline: 
September 30, 2020
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

Le présent appel à projets (AAP), ouvert pour les PME, ETI de moins de 2000 salariés et les laboratoires académiques de la région Bretagne, s’inscrit dans cette dynamique d’appui à l’innovation maritime au profit du développement économique territorial, en étroite relation avec les part

Deadline: 
July 10, 2020
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
other

This is a call for proposals for EU grants in the field of fisheries data collection aimed at strengthening regional cooperation, in accordance with the 2020 Work Programme for grants and procurement financed under the EMFF.

Deadline: 
July 31, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture
other

COVID-19 and the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelarator

On 30 April 2020, the European Commission announced an additional €150 million for the European Innovation Council to fund breakthrough ideas tackling coronavirus.

Brexit Disclaimer

The Commission is in the process of updating some of the content on this website in light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is unintentional and will be addressed.

Last Update:  February 1, 2020

The 2020 LIFE call for proposals in the Climate action sub-programme is now open and new features have been added relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Applicants are requested to visit the programme's webpage regularly to stay up to date with all changes and new measures.

Deadline: 
July 16, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

The 2020 LIFE call for proposals in the Environment sub-programme is now open and new features have been added relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Applicants are requested to visit the programme's webpage regularly to stay up to date with all changes and new measures.

Deadline: 
June 12, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

7th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, November 19, 2020

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State aid: Commission approves €20 million Portuguese credit line scheme to support fishery and aquaculture sector in coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved a Portuguese scheme to support the Portuguese fishery and aquaculture sector in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020.

Coronavirus: Commission launches 2020 EMFF pre-financing process

On 7 April 2020, the European Commission launched the 2020 EMFF pre-financing measures specifically to support fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Member States.

Coronavirus response: Further EU support to fisheries and aquaculture sectors

On 2 April 2020, the European Commission proposed a new set of measures under the EMFF to support fisheries and aquaculture sectors from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is a FORTHCOMING Call for Grants/Blended Financing. The planned opening date is 26 March 2020 but the call has not been opened yet.

Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

The Blue-GIFT project represents a unique opportunity to gain access to world leading marine renewable energy test facilities and expertise and it opened its 2nd call for applications for ocean energy demonstration.

Deadline: 
April 30, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy

Coronavirus: Emergency response to support the fishing and aquaculture sectors

Due to the severe impact of COVID-19 on fishing and aquaculture sectors, DG MARE published guidance to EU Member States outlining existing tools and instruments so as to support their local communities.

Ocean Hackathon® is a 48-hour non-stop event during which teams work solely from a range of marine digital data to develop a prototype and examine its possible uses.  A call for challenges issued a few months prior to the event identifies the projects on which each team in the participating towns and cities will focus.

Deadline: 
April 20, 2020
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
other

The three Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) are pleased to announce an additional call for proposals on Scientific Networking and Transfer Projects.

Deadline: 
May 18, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

The call will support research and innovation projects that establish integrated and cross-sectoral approaches for risk-management combining the research areas of contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistance.

Deadline: 
May 18, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Environmental monitoring

MarTERA launched a joint call for transnational research and innovation projects in 2020.

Deadline: 
April 24, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 13M €.
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Postponement of European Maritime Day 2020

The European Commission, together with Cork City Council and the Irish Marine Coordination Group have decided to defer EMD which had been due to take place in Cork on 14-15 May 2020.You can read the EMD's team announcement here.

The 4th Atlantic Project Awards: Call is now OPEN...

The 4th Atlantic Project Awards are here! 

The time to start thinking and preparing for the Atlantic Project Awards has finally come.  

The Call of Applications to select the 2020 Atlantic Project Awards, the prestigious awards aimed to honour outstanding success stories, achieved by projects in the geographical area covered by the Atlantic Strategy and that are related to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan is now OPEN.  

Check out the guidelines for applicants, see what is required and get ready to submit the online application form before 18 June 2020!!  New Deadline 3 July 2020

The Atlantic Project Awards will showcase and promote the individual winners while at the same time highlight the incorporation and scaling up of best practices at regional and national levels while promoting the key priorities of Atlantic Strategy.

As always, awards will be granted to 5 outstanding projects (1 winner in each of the 5 categories below) that come under the umbrella of the Atlantic Strategy and the Action Plan Priorities, as recognition of outstanding performance in relevant areas/sectors. This year, projects can apply for the following categories/pillars of the new revamped Action Plan:  

  • Atlantic ports and blue economy;
  • Blue skills and ocean literacy;
  • Marine renewable energy;
  • Healthy ocean and resilient coasts; as well as for 
  • International Cooperation in the Atlantic area i.e. international dimension embodied in the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation with United States of America and Canada and its potential support to the Blue Economy; in the Atlantic research cooperation with Brazil and South Africa; in the cooperation with adjacent sea macro-regions/basins (Baltic, Mediterranean, Black Sea), etc.

All applications will be processed and evaluated by the Evaluation Committee comprising of members from the European Commission and the Atlantic Strategy Group.  All applicants, will be informed via email as regards to their applications and Award winners will be invited to attend and receive their trophies at the Awards Ceremony which will be held as part of the Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference to be held in France during Fall 2020.

We look forward to receiving your projects! In case of questions, please contact us at helpdesk@atlanticstrategy.eu

The Atlantic Strategy

The Atlantic Strategy and the 2013 – 2020 Action Plan

In 2011 the European Commission adopted an Atlantic Maritime Strategy in response to repeated calls from stakeholders for a more ambitious, open and effective cooperation in the Atlantic Ocean Area. The strategy, consistent with the EU 2020 agenda and its flagship initiatives, grouped the identified challenges and opportunities facing the Atlantic region under five main thematic headings. 

The EU’s 2013-2020 Atlantic Action Plan set out practical steps to be taken in the 4 Member States with Atlantic coasts (Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain) and their outermost regions in order to boost the Atlantic Ocean Area’s sustainable blue economy by 2020.  Its priorities were: 

Mid-Term Review - A Revised Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

The 2013 – 2020 Atlantic Action Plan underwent a mid-term review in 2017 in order to assess its performance and draw lessons from its implementation to pave the way for the future.  The Mid-term Review of the AAP, based on an independent study and a stakeholder consultation, found that by 2017 the plan had spurred over 1200 new maritime projects and nearly 6 billion euro of investments, an achievement that is visible in the EASME maritime datahub.  Based on the findings of the mid-term review, notably the potential of the action plan to create even more impact for the coastal economy, the European Commission took concrete steps in order to safely steer the Atlantic Maritime Strategy into a promising future.  A first series of workshops, revolving around themes identified as highly relevant for the Atlantic blue economy were held between September and November 2018 in the Atlantic Member States.

The revised Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 was communicated by the European Commission on 23 July 2020.  Its main objective is to unlock the potential of blue economy in the Atlantic area while preserving marine ecosystems and contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Its aims are in line with the global commitments for sustainable development and are fully integrated in the European Commission’s political priorities for 2019 - 2024, notably a European Green Deal, an Economy that works for people and a stronger Europe in the world.

The Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 includes four pillars which represent a practical way to make the common vision a reality. All pillars are integrally interconnected and transregional by nature and address key challenges and aim to foster sustainable blue growth and contribute to greater territorial cooperation and cohesion in the EU Atlantic area.  The pillars focus on issues that one coastal region and one single State cannot solve alone or it is more efficient to act together and deliver on challenges that matter in the daily lives of people living in the coastal areas.  

The research activities implemented as part of the Galway (2013) and Belém (2017) Statements and the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance cut across all pillars. They give an international dimension to the action plan and support its implementation by improving understanding of the changing Atlantic Ocean and its effects on coastal communities and by developing innovative solutions.

The governance of the Atlantic Maritime Strategy rests with the Atlantic Strategy Committee (ASC), which is responsible for the strategic decision-making related to the review, operational coordination and implementation of the Atlantic action plan. 

To support the ASC in its tasks, the Commission continues with the implementation of the Atlantic Assistance Mechanism. The assistance mechanism provides a series of services aimed at keeping stakeholders informed of the latest news on the action plan and new funding opportunities generated under the scope of the maritime strategy. It also encourages stakeholder’s participation through the organization of specialized events, mapping of funded projects that contribute to the strategy and its action plan (datahub), as well as promote development of new projects and ideas.

Join us in building a thriving Atlantic Ocean Area

The Maritime Forum aims to improve communication amongst EU maritime policy stakeholders. It allows parties interested in the EU maritime policy to communicate on a common platform. They can publish events, documents and follow developments in their areas of interest. Information can be shared amongst a closed community or published openly. Anybody can register to the forum and comment on its content.

More information on the European Commission actions related to the Atlantic strategy can be found at the DG MARE website as well as in the Useful Links.

Le présent appel à projets (AAP), ouvert pour les PME, ETI de moins de 2000 salariés et les laboratoires académiques de la région Bretagne, s’inscrit dans cette dynamique d’appui à l’innovation maritime au profit du développement économique territorial, en étroite relation avec les part

Deadline: 
July 10, 2020
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

The Atlantic Strategy Committee

 

The Atlantic Strategy Committee (ASC)

The ASC comprises representatives from the four (4) EU Member States (France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain) bordering the Atlantic Ocean as well as representatives from the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, the Economic and Social Committee as well as representatives from coastal regions, cities and other relevant economy and social stakeholders.  

The ASC is chaired on a rotating basis by the participating countries.   

The ASC is the governing body of the Atlantic Strategy aiming to ensure the political and operational coordination of the Atlantic Action Plan and provide the framework for its implementation.  To that effect, each year the ASC Chair undertakes to organise the main Atlantic event – the Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference – on one of its coastal regions seeking to bring together all stakeholders to discuss the AAP implementation and bring forward new ideas, new innovations to promote blue economy in the Atlantic.  

Stay tuned!

SEALOGY® postponed to November 2020

SEALOGY®, the first European fair on Blue Economy scheduled to be held on 6 - 8 March is postponed in compliance with the measures adopted against Coronavirus.  The event has been rescheduled for 20-22 November 2020.

Atlantic Project Awards 2020

Are you ready to be one of the Atlantic winners and be part of the 7th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference? Stay tuned to learn how and get ready to take part in the annual Atlantic project competition to be launched very soon right here!!

Shipping contributes significantly to local air pollution in major harbour areas and around 3% of global CO2 emissions. Shipping is bound to grow together with global trade and against other sectors decarbonising more quickly.

Deadline: 
April 21, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Carbon capture and storage
Environmental monitoring
Research & innovation
other

In April 2018, the International Maritime Organisation, IMO adopted an initial strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships (overall fleet target ≥50% CO2 reduction by 2050 compared to 2008) [1

Deadline: 
April 21, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Carbon capture and storage
Environmental monitoring
Research & innovation

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

Deadline: 
April 22, 2020
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation
other

Up to £15 million of grant funding is available through the Transforming Food Production Science and Technology into Practice programme. We are running 2 strands through this competition:

Deadline: 
February 26, 2020
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
other

From start-ups to large corporates, B4I helps companies to overcome product, manufacturing or process performance issues by leveraging more than £2bn worth of government investment in world-leading science facilities.

Deadline: 
April 1, 2021
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
other

AQUATICPOLLUTANTS joint call pre-announcement

A joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on risks posed to human health and environment by pollutants and pathogents present in the water has been pre-announced by the three JPIs.

European Commission and European Investment Fund launch €75 million BlueInvest Fund

The European Commission is partnering with the European Investment Fund, part of the European Investment Bank Group (EIB), to launch the BlueInvest Fund today.

Disclaimer

The Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan, an initiative funded by the European Commission, maintains this website to enhance public access to information about the Atlantic Strategy and European and/or national initiatives related to the Atlantic Area. The Assistance Mechanism aims to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will correct them as quick as possible.

The Assistance Mechanism accepts, however, no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the information on "Project Database" and "Stakeholder Database" sections. This part of the website provides information that has been given independently by external sources.

Hypertext links from this website may lead to third party sites. The Assistance Mechanism has no control over the information on these sites and therefore assumes no responsibility. You are encouraged to review their privacy policies.

Update:  The Commission is in the process of updating some of the content on this website in light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is unintentional and will be addressed.

Last Update:  February 1, 2020

Public Consultation on Ireland's National Marine Planning Framework

Ireland's first Draft National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) has been published and it is open for public consultation till April 9, 2020.  For information on to how to participate in the consultation period please visit the dedicated website.  

European Maritime Day In My Country 2020 event

Deadline: 31 January 2020 - Apply for your European Maritime Day In My Country 2020 event!

‘EMD in my Country’ 2020 will take place from April to June 2020. Read the call, submit your event to be part of European Maritime Day (EMD) in My Country 2020 and receive nice promotional material for your participants (organic cotton bags, notepads, posters)! 

Infographics

Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

Atlantic Strategy

Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

AAP 2.0 Governance

Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

EU Funding Opportunities

Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

Success Stories

Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

Pillar I

Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

Pillar II

Atlantic Action Plan 2.0

Pillar III

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Pillar IV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Economy infographic Mapping the blue economy in the Atlantic

SMEs and the Atlantic Action Plan

Atlantic Action Plan 2.0.

Roadmaps

BlueInvest Awards 2020 - the Pitch Battle

Are you ready for the BlueInvest Awards 2020 happening on 4 February 2019? Are you ready to be one of Europe's top 20 start-ups and SMEs in the Blue Economy that will be selected to pitch on the main stage to a panel of investors? 

Plus que tout autre secteur, le numérique est au croisement des filières.

Deadline: 
February 14, 2020
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Maritime and coastal tourism
Ocean renewable energy
Research & innovation
other

Blue-GIFT supports nine ocean energy companies to trial and validate their technologies

The first call for applications of the €2.5 million Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) project ended in September with a successful outcome for nine companies.

The CEF Transport Blending Facility is an innovative approach to promote the substantial participation of private sector investors and financial institutions in projects contributing to the

Deadline: 
February 14, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Transport (port connectivity and accessibility)

BlueInvest Grants: Investing in Blue Innovation

Deadline: 
February 27, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available call budget is EUR 22,505,000.
Sector of Activity:
other

Blue Economy Window Call

The Blue Economy Window Call was launched at the 2019 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Info Day that was held in Brussels on 25 November and was also web streamed live.

ASPC2019 moments!!

Here's a short video to look at some of the conference's moments! 

EU makes 22 new commitments for clean, healthy and safe oceans and launches The Ocean Tracker

The European Union announced 22 new commitments at the 2019 edition of Our Ocean conference held in Oslo, Norway on 23-24 October 2019, for better governance of the oceans. In addition, the EU is also launching ‘The Ocean Tracker', an interactive map to follow the over 10 billion euros commitments already made by governments, businesses and NGOs.

How much do you know about EU blue funding?

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Given 10 seconds could you explain to a child what the Executive Agency for SMEs – EASME - is and does?
Alright hotshot, which of these do you think EASME manages? (multiple selection possible)
Since you know all EASME programmes, have you ever applied to any?
Okay, but do you know what COSME does? (choose one)
Next question, what do you think EEN refers to?
Ok let´s play ´Did you know that....?'. Select the sentences which you think are true (get them all right or you receive zero points):
Not long to go now, stay sharp. In 2012, the European Commission adopted a communication on blue growth identifying 5 key sectors. Which of the sectors below was NOT included as a blue growth sector?
A fill in the gap question now, everybody loves these. On 16 January 2018, the first ever Europe-wide strategy on …......... was adopted, as part of the transition towards a more circular economy.
You are almost to the end...come on you can do it. The Atlantic Action Plan was created to support the Atlantic Strategy. Give us your best shot on the following figures: 1. The year the Atlantic Strategy was adopted 2. The number of priorities the Atlantic Action Plan has
You have made it to the final question, don´t falter now, you can do it, here we go. The EASME Maritime DataHub was created to track projects in the Atlantic area. Take your best shot at the following figures: 1. The amount of financing which has been provided for the Atlantic area under the Atlantic Action Plan since 2014 2. The number of projects in the EASME Maritime DataHub found in the Atlantic alone

BlueInvest Readiness Assistance 

Deadline: 
October 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

L’Agence française pour la biodiversité (AFB) lance la 3ème édition de l’appel à manifestation d'intérêt (AMI) Surveillance & Évaluation qui s’ouvre cette année aux eaux marines et à d’autres directives.  Cet AMI est ouvert aux entités publiques ou privées.

Deadline: 
November 3, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Protection of habitats

Le concours "Ruban Vert" a pour objectif de récompenser les bonnes pratiques de la filière des pêches maritimes.

Deadline: 
October 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

France Filière Pêche offre la possibilité de cofinancer des projets de courtes durées (maximum 12 mois) répondant à des enjeux immédiats pour la profession et dont la réactivité de mise en place est primordiale à leur réussite.

Deadline: 
October 25, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

European Maritime Day 2020- Save the Date & Call for workshops announced

SAVE THE DATE!! European Maritime Day is coming on May 14 & 15, 2020 in Cork, Ireland.

Registration for the 6th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference for Pre-Registered Participants

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Deadline: 
January 31, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy

Ocean energy could provide clean, predictable, indigenous and reliable energy and contribute to the EU's objective of reaching a share of renewables of at least 32% of the EU’s gross final consumption by 2030.

Deadline: 
January 15, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget for this call for proposals is 2 300 000
Sector of Activity:
Ocean renewable energy
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
ocean monitoring

Nominate your favourite Atlantic inventor

Nominate your favourite Atlantic inventor to the European Inventor Award 2020

BlueInvest Platform

The BlueInvest platform is now open! Check it out today to discover a variety of services aimed to support investment readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups in the blue economy.

Cet appel à projets (AAP), ouvert tout au long de l’année pour les PME, ETI de moins de 2000 salariés, et aux laboratoires académiques de la région Bretagne s’inscrit dans cette dynamique d’appui à l’innovation maritime au profit du développement économique territorial, en étroite relation avec l

Deadline: 
September 15, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
other

La Région Bretagne lance la quatrième édition de l'appel à projets «expérimentation d’innovations numériques» visant à créer une dynamique régionale par l’accélération et la mise sur le marché de produits et services numériques innovants appliqués à une ou plusieurs des filières prioritaires

Deadline: 
November 25, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Marine biotechnology
Ocean renewable energy
other

BlueInvest Events

BlueInvest events aim to bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and enablers in the Blue Economy, with the objective of generating concrete business opportunities and visibility for your business.

The Call Blue Economy invests between 300 thousand euros and one million euros in innovative, science-based and technological projects that promote innovative solutions to stimulate the competitiveness of the main value chains and the development of the sea economy sector in spec

Deadline: 
October 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture
Marine biotechnology
Maritime and coastal tourism
Ocean renewable energy
other

Marine litter is high on the scientific and political agendas and of major concern for European citizens. More than 80 percent of marine litter is plastic. It is estimated that by 2050, more plastic could be in the ocean than fish.

Deadline: 
January 22, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The budget available for this call is 13 200 000.
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture
Protection of habitats
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
Marine litter

Deadline: 
June 19, 2020
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other

4th MaRINET2 call is now OPEN

The MaRINET2 project has a new call open to provide access to marine research facilities. If you’re looking to test your offshore renewable device or component, you could get free access to one of dozens of facilities.

Tackle Marine Litter With The Marine LitterWatch App

Collect litter at the beach and become a scientist for the day with the Marine Litter Watch app!  

Litter, plastics in particular, is accumulating in our seas and coasts mainly due to current unsustainable consumption and production patterns, poor waste management and the lack of public awareness. Marine litter is an increasing threat to the marine environment, to human health and our well-being. It has cross border impacts on wildlife and habitats. Without tackling marine litter, Europe cannot have healthy seas.  

Objectifs:  L'aide régionale à l'installation en saliculture a pour objectifs prioritaires :

Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Agriculture on saline soils

Contexte:  Le Schéma régional de développement du tourisme et des loisirs (SRDTL) 2017‐2020 a inscrit dans ses priorités le développement d’un plan d’actions dédié au nautisme en Pays de la Loire.

Deadline: 
May 22, 2020
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Cruise tourism

Objectifs:  Aménager et gérer durablement les plages en améliorant la sécurité et les conditions d’accueil du public, en canalisant et gérant les flux, en renforçant la préservation du site.

Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Coastal tourism

La ordenación del espacio acuícola y se podrán conceder ayudas a proyectos que contribuyan al desarrollo de las zonas de producción, y las infraestructuras acuícolas y adopción de medidas que reduzcan el impacto medioambiental negativo de sus actividades.

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture

Mejorar la calidad e incrementar el control y la trazabilidad de los productos desembarcados, aumentar la eficiencia energética, contribuir a la protección del medio ambiente y mejorar las condiciones de trabajo y seguridad de los pescadores y favorecer el cumplimiento de desembarque de todas las

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
other

UN Ocean Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean.

In line with the objectives of Open Science and Open Innovation, the challenge is to make data FAIR through an effective common information system that allows in particular business-to-business data sharing and enables new or improved products, processes and services.

Deadline: 
December 12, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

This initiative aims to bring together relevant players in a number of countries to test how the framework can function as a catalyst and a tool to foster the entrepreneurial skills of young people and citizens in general.

Deadline: 
August 22, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The Call's available budget is 1,000,000
Sector of Activity:
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
Entrepreneurship

The objective of this call for proposals is to support the establishment and implementation of Maritime Spatial Plans in line with the objectives pursued in the framework of the MSP Directive.

Deadline: 
September 4, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Sector of Activity:
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
Maritime Spatial Planning

Results of the consultation workshops for the new Atlantic Action Plan

The results of the consultation process, structured through five (5) workshops, one per Atlantic Member State, for the new Atlantic Action plan are in.  

Building on the choice of subjects of discussion in each of the workshops, a number of topics of high importance for Atlantic Stakeholders were identified:

Atlantic Games 2018

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Summary: 

At the origin, Atlantic Watersports Games were born out of a desire of several European Celtic cities and regions from the Atlantic Arc to promote marine activities through an international competition for young people.  Since 1995, between 300 and 400 young athletes compete each year in sailing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, surf lifesaving, open waters swimming and fin swimming, to place their region or their city on the highest step of the podium.

Stakeholder typology: 
Background: 

The Atlantic Games are part of the events which, each year, highlight the maritime and nautical assets of the regions of the European Atlantic Area. The common points between these countries and regions are numerous:

  • Bathed by the sea and subjected to the oceanic climate, these regions are rich of wonderful and varied landscapes, from Scotland to Galicia, Ireland, Portugal or Brittany;
  • All these regions are impregnated by their origins and their strong Celtic and oceanic identities;
  • They have close economic characteristics: agriculture, fishing, sea linked industries;
  • They are located at the occidental end of Europe and subjected to the constraints as to the assets resulting;

Our countries and regions have, without a doubt, a common destiny, linked to their maritimity.  The Games actively showcase traditional and new water sports as well as the main sites where they are practised in the Atlantic area.  At the first European marine leisure conference that took place at the end of October 2011 in Brest, France, the Atlantic Games were highlighted as a key event in the development of water sports and Atlantic maritime culture.

Supported by the Atlantic Arc Commission, the Atlantic Cities Conference and the European Commission this event is also strengthen the network of people involved in water sports on annual meeting basis thanks to the Erasmus + Sport - D.A.W.N Project.

In 2018, the Atlantic Games won the Atlantic Award for “Accessibility and connectivity” handed by the Atlantic Strategy Group which is composed of representatives of the five Atlantic Member States and the European Institutions (DG Mare).

Objectives: 

The Atlantic Area is one of the world’s main marine basins used for water sports. Athletes from this area have regularly climbed the Olympic podium. The Games bring together young people of the highest regional, national and sometimes international level in water sport disciplines recognised by international sports Federations.  Based on its international nature, it is an incredibly rich sporting experience for young people that are aiming for futures on the world and Olympic level.  More open than the selection for the World or European Championships, the Games allow sports federations to send and watch young hopefuls’ athletes in a foreign challenge.

The Atlantic Games aim to:

  • Promote water sports at a supranational level;
  • Share good practices and experiences;
  • Develop cooperation projects at European level;
  • Develop a transnational network of water sports stakeholders;
  • Communicate effectively on key topics that deal with water sports;
  • Encourage the civic engagement of young people in the European Atlantic Area.
Results and Transferability: 

Beyond the competition, for 10000 young people the Games embody the daily development of European citizenship. They have also contributed to strengthen Maritime values: Solidarity / Commitment /Sharing and Olympic Values: Excellence / Respect / Friendship.

Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

For the 2018 edition, the Atlantic Games were back on the Pays de la Loire, and after the Vendée in 2014, it was in the Loire Atlantique and more precisely in Saint-Nazaire and Pornichet that the European Youth had set up Rendez-Vous.  In June 2017, the Atlantic Water Sports Committee entrusted the organisation to the Comité Régional Olympique et Sportif des Pays de la Loire, representing the Pays de la Loire sports movement. All water sports federations and their affiliated structures (leagues, committees and local clubs) have mobilized in the implementation of the competitions in order to meet the challenge of making these Games an example of interregional cooperation in favour of an ambitious Atlantic water sports network. They have also made it possible to promote Loire know-how in the promotion and development of Nautical Activities. 

From 26 to 31 August 2018, at 2 competition venues: Saint Nazaire (Grande Plage, Plage de la Courance and Etang de Bois-Joalland) and Pornichet (Port) are about 300 young athletes from 12 to 21 years old, from 15 Atlantic cities and regions (New Aquitaine, Aviles, Brittany, Cantabria, Galicia, Ireland, Viana Do Castelo, Basque Country, Pays de Loire) who have gathered to make the Atlantic Games 2018 a beautiful celebration of youth, the sea and Europe. These young athletes, girls and boys who were able to glimpse or consolidate a career as top athletes, some of whom were involved in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, were involved in 6 nautical and aquatic activities: rowing, canoeing, swimming with fins, swimming in open water, sports lifesaving and sailing.  Competitions but also an opening ceremony, entertainment and a conference on the place des Sports Nautiques in the European Atlantic Area as part of the Erasmus+ Sport D. A. W. N. project, a most festive programme concocted with the collaboration of the City of Saint-Nazaire.

Funding instrument used: 
Erasmus+ Sport
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Atlantic Games 2018
Country: 
France
Region: 
Pays de la Loire
Funding contribution (€): 
€56,400
Private contribution (€): 
€208,600

SpilLess- First-line response to oil spills based on native microorganism cooperation

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Summary: 

SpilLess aims to develop and implement new and viable solutions to tackle one of the most damaging sources of maritime pollution: oil spills. These solutions will be marketable services and products based on the production of native microbial consortia with bioremediation capacity and on the adaptation of unmanned autonomous vehicles for in-situ contamination combat. By combining biotechnology with robotics, SpilLess pretends to create a novel approach that can be used as a first-line response to pollution incidents in a fast, efficient and low-cost way.

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Background: 

Marine oil spills are catastrophic events that lead to high losses of marine life and ecosystems. Oil spill incidents occur regularly during the exploration, production, refining, transport and storage of petroleum and petroleum products. In recent years, several oil spill disasters have occurred, with Deepwater Horizon (2010) being considered one of the larger accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, leading to the spill of over 500.000 tons of crude oil, at the Gulf of México. In the last 50 years, several major spills occurred in the NW Iberian Peninsula, one of the main routes of oil cargo in Europe, as a result of tanker accidents. In 1975, the oil tanker Jakob Maersk, which was loaded with 80.000 tons of heavy crude oil and 4.000 tons of heavy fuel, hit a sandbank while entering the sea harbour of Leixões (Porto, North of Portugal) and ended up exploding and breaking apart. As a result, around 50.000 tons of oil were consumed by fire, 25.000 tons were drifted at sea and 15.000 tons came to shore. More recently, in 2002, the oil tanker Prestige sank at 250 km from the coast of Galicia (North of Spain) spilling more than 60.000 tons of crude oil, polluting thousands of kilometres of coastline and causing great harm to the local fishing industry.  This was considered one of the larger environmental disasters in the history of Iberian Peninsula. Jakob Maersk and Prestige cases occupy the 13th and 20th position, respectively, at the ranking of the worldwide major oil spills (ITOF 2015).

The occurrence of such incidents requires immediate, simple, effective and eco-friendly actions to minimize environmental damages. First-line responses typically include physical (e.g., controlled burning; absorbing) and chemical (e.g., dispersing) removal of oil, which is largely constrained by maritime conditions. Though these treatments are important to rapidly control the diffusion and drift of the oil, they are not suitable for ecological restoration. Recently, bioremediation using microorganisms to degrade the remaining spilled oil has been proposed as a cost-effective alternative to the use of chemical additives. The use of microorganisms with a natural capacity to degrade petroleum is highly advantageous in that it is an environmentally friendly process and allows complete decomposition of complex petroleum hydrocarbons. The efficient biodegradation of oil spills requires a jointed action of a consortium of microorganisms, i.e., a group of diverse microbial species with a complementary range of metabolic capabilities, rather than the action of individual microbial species.

Objectives: 

The overall aim of the SpilLess project is the implementation of an innovative “laboratory” (Blue Lab) to pilot new and viable solutions to tackle with maritime pollution (in particular, oil spills). These solutions will be based on the production of native microbial consortiawith bioremediation capacity, and the adaptation of unmanned and autonomous vehicles for in-situ release of autochthonous microorganisms (bioaugmentation) and nutrients (biostimulation). By doing so, these systems can be used as first line responders to pollution incidents in a fast, efficient and low cost way. Such innovative solutions aim to:

  • be environment-friendly, by using native organisms to naturally degrade oil spills, and thus avoiding the introduction of additional chemical or biological additives;
  • integrate first line responses to oil spill incidents, by using unmanned and autonomous vehicles, which are able to operate under unfavourable and harsh conditions with low human intervention;
  • set-up holistic pollution combat missions, by jointly combining air, surface and underwater vehicles;
  • increase the overall efficiency of the oil spill combat missions, by acting on defined targets and areas;
  • offer valuable data, by equipping the vehicles with sensors, which can perform environmental monitoring (before, during and after oil spill combat missions);
  • decrease the overall time to reaction and mission costs, by using unmanned and autonomous vehicles, whose deployment is faster and less costly than using boats, planes or helicopters. 

SpilLess scientific strategy includes a comprehensive set of tasks addressed to attain the following specific objectives: 

  • To produce a georeferenced microbial consortia bank at a pilot scale. The native consortia with high ability to degrade petroleum compounds will be viably preserved for future biomass production and application at the native geographic region from which the microbial consortia has been obtained;
  • develop a work flow for scale up production of the selected native microbial consortia;
  • specify, develop and deploy the containers and release systems for microorganisms and nutrients, which will be coupled to three different types of unmanned systems;
  • specify, develop and deploy the application for planning and controlling the oil spill combat mission, and for data acquisition and processing;
  • demonstrate the full multi-domain semi-autonomous in-situ oil spill combat system at a “quasi-real” scenario,
  • exploitation of results to bring the products/ services to the market in the appropriate sea basins and beyond (exploitation plan).
Results and Transferability: 

The direct outputs of SpilLess are three innovative productsand one innovative serviceto bioremediate oil spills. One product will be a library of native microbial consortia of north-western coast of the Iberian Peninsula with high ability to biodegrade petroleum. The second product will be a lyophilized formula of a native microbial consortiumup-scaled under optimised conditions for bioremediation of oil spills, associated with a nutrient kit to boost microbial optimal performance. This product will be at a pilot scale at the end of the project and intends to be market ready two years after the project. The third product will be the containers and release systems (microbial launchers) for application of bioremediation treatments by aerial, surface and underwater vehicles. This will imply mechanisms to release bacteria and nutrients from three distinct ways: (i) from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for rotary wing with high positioning accuracy, to combat the leakage from the surface "inner" areas; (ii) from an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) to release microbial consortia on the stroke border areas; (iii) from an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) / remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to release microbial consortia in the water column and the seabed.

Another result of SpilLess will be the service that allows integrated oil spills bioremediation, using native microbial consortium and autonomous systems with the microbial launchers. This service will be flexible, in order to be applied in accidental oil spills under different scenarios, not only large-scale oil spills accidents but also small oil leakages in confined spaces, such as marinas and harbours, but also to clean the leaks from oil transfer harbour operations. 

This project will also contribute to mitigate negative impacts of pollution on the marine environment and social-economic activities by using renewable biological resources and reducing the high costs of traditional clean-up actions. Also, SpilLess will promote job opportunities in different sectors of the marine biotechnology, and will foster entrepreneurship spirit in the young scientists. Increased awareness about Blue Bioremediation and how SpilLess intends to help mitigate and engagement of the scientific community (e.g. scientific publication) and general public for the problematic of oil spills will be also relevant outputs of the Blue Lab. 

Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

SpilLess will be implemented in the Atlantic Ocean region, with focus on the sub-regions of Euroregion Galicia - Norte Portugal, an area with ports and intense oil transport activities, subject to marine pollution incidents. The transferability of the project activities and results to other regions facing similar challenges will be ensured by a business partner, who will be responsible for the exploitation plan, having offices in three sea basins: Baltic Sea (Norway), North Sea (Germany) and Atlantic Ocean (Portugal).

SpilLess is aligned with the Atlantic Strategy, which aims to ensure environmental sustainability and the quality of living conditions in coastal regions, while promoting the growth potential of maritime industries, and responds to the following priorities of the Atlantic Plan Action:

  • Priority 1 Promote entrepreneurship and innovation:  SpilLess will respond to the specific objectives of knowledge transfer among higher education and research organisations, companies, public authorities and non-government institutions. By doing so, it will increase the capacity of the Atlantic area to innovate and create value at the triple bottom line (social, environmental and economic), through research and technology development. This will be accomplished by networking, co-operative and multidisciplinary research; transfer of knowledge, insights, skills and technology between the relevant stakeholders, which include regional, national and cross-border maritime clusters and technology platforms. 
  • Priority 2 Protect, secure and develop the potential of the Atlantic marine and coastal environment:  SpilLess will respond to the specific objectives of improving maritime safety and security, and reinforcing the safety and security of seafarers, coastal populations, property and ecosystems. These objectives are materialized by initiatives undertaken by Member States in the Atlantic, including coordinated response mechanisms, and investment in state-of-the-art technologies that contribute to the increase of the readiness levels and the enhancement of responses to marine threats, marine accidents, oil spills and hazardous material or trafficking.
Funding instrument used: 
European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
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SpilLess- First-line response to oil spills based on native microorganism cooperation
Country: 
Portugal
Region: 
Porto
Funding contribution (€): 
€295,044
Private contribution (€): 
€76,153

Event Report: Blue Bioeconomy Forum

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum (BBF) is a meeting place for industries, public agencies, financial organizations, researchers and civil society, working on or interested in the blue bioeconomy of the EU.

On 25 June 2019, the BBF organised its second event. The goals of the event were to:

Fomentar la competitividad del sector mediante inversiones productivas para lograr una acuicultura sostenible y competitiva, en particular en las pymes, y estará dirigido a:

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Marine aquaculture

Mejorar el rendimiento global y la competitividad de las explotaciones acuícolas y reducir el impacto medioambiental negativo de su funcionamiento y estará dirigido a: – Creación de servicios de gestión, sustitución y asesoramiento de las explotaciones acuícolas, y – Obtención de servicios de ase

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

Fomentar la competitividad de las empresas pesqueras, impulsando el valor añadido o calidad de los productos pesqueros, y para ello se podrá conceder ayudas a: a) Inversiones que incrementen el valor de los productos de la pesca, en particular permitiendo que los pescadores lleven a cabo la trans

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

Apoyar medidas destinadas a la preparación y aplicación de los planes de producción y comercialización así como conceder ayudas destinadas a medidas de comercialización de productos de la pesca y acuicultura que tengan por objetivo:

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

Que é o Programa Talento Sénior?

Deadline: 
August 11, 2019
Geographical Coverage: Regional
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

This call is open all year till exhaustion of the budget.

Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Fish for human consumption

The call seeks to fund excellent research addressing national and European/global national challenges as set out in the challenge frameworks now in place. The call is run in partnership with a number of government department and agencies, who fund or co-fund specific strands.

Deadline: 
August 19, 2019
Geographical Coverage: National
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

Consultation on fishing opportunities for 2020 under the CFP

DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has launched between June 11th to August 20th an open consultation on fishing opportunities for 2020 under the Common Fisheries Policy.  The contributions as well as the outcome of the seminar on the state of the stocks and the economics of fishing fleets that will take place in September, will feed into the European Commission's proposals on fishing opportunities for 2020.

AORA-CSA – Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Coordination and Support Action

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Summary: 

The Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation was signed in Galway, Ireland, on 24th of May 2013 by the European Union, Canada and the United States of America.  This marked the birth of Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA).  The Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action (AORA-CSA) was funded by the European Union to support the implementation of the Galway Statement and AORA. The hallmark features of this coordination action is that it be flexible, responsive, value-adding, efficient, innovative, inclusive and supportive.  The catalyzing actions of the AORA-CSA have had and continue to have significant impact to enable and strengthen the Atlantic Ocean Cooperation.

Background: 

Supporting the implementation of the Galway Statement on an Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance;   Improving the international cooperation framework of marine research programmes thus creating the basis for the development of future large-scale joint international marine research programmes.

Objectives: 

The objectives of the AORA-CSA are to support the  implementation of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation by coordinating with and supporting the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) between the EU, Canada and the USA.  In that regard, to be responsive to the needs of the AORA as it evolves and to adapt the suite of supports provided by the AORA-CSA accordingly.  To improve the international cooperation framework of marine research programmes thus helping create the basis for the development of future large-scale joint international marine research programmes; and contributing to the EU Blue Growth Agenda where relevant.

Results and Transferability: 

Results achieved to date:

  • On-going support for Trilateral Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance   Roadmap identifying Joint Research Priorities to Develop EU, CA & USA sustainable aquaculture   industry 
  • Principles of Ocean Literacy from N. America transferred to EU and more work planned on  Public Engagement 
  • 7 trans-Atlantic transects mapped in multibeam high resolution 
  • First steps toward a Vision document for trans-Atlantic Cooperation on Ocean Health & Stressors

Transferability of project results to other organisations/subregions, regions, member states:

  • In July 2017, the Belem Statement was on Atlantic Research & Innovation Cooperation was signed between Brazil, Europe and South Africa.  This follows on from the Galway Statement and as a result an All-Atlantic Community is being built based on a strong, socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development.
  • Within Europe contributing towards strengthening of cross-sea basin science, research and innovation cooperation (Baltic, North, Black and Mediterranean Seas and Atlantic Ocean)
Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

Europe, Canada and the United States of America.

Funding instrument used: 
This Action has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 652677.
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Project or best practice title: 
AORA-CSA – Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Coordination and Support Action
Country: 
Ireland
Region: 
Galway
Funding contribution (€): 
3.447.000,00
Private contribution (€): 
n/a

ARCOPOLplatform - Platform for improving maritime coastal pollution preparedness and response in Atlantic regions

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Summary: 

ARCOPOL platform aimed to further improve maritime safety in the Atlantic area and reinforce the protection of the coastal regions from maritime pollution through the capitalization and upgrading of ARCOPOL and ARCOPOLplus outcomes. Specifically, ARCOPOLplatform organised pilot actions addressing local authorities to support the implementation of Local Contingency Plans. Moreover, these plans were improved by the inclusion of ARCOPOL deliverables (tools, guides and key knowledge on Hazardous and Noxious Substances - HNS) that were presented at workshops, training activities (blended learning), road-shows and on websites. The singularities of Natural Protected Areas and post-spill environmental monitoring issues were also considered. Similarly, ARCOPOL spill modelling tools were upgraded, shared among regions and transferred to competent authorities through tailored training. Furthermore, all activities contributed to the development of the Atlantic Technological Platform. This platform is acting as a meeting forum for public and private organizations dealing with oil and HNS spills. It focuses on the exchange of knowledge, the identification of technological supply and demand, and the development of public-private initiatives. The project was developed by a consortium involving 15 partners from 5 countries of the Atlantic Area (Ireland, UK, France, Spain and Portugal), including research organisations as well as regional competent authorities

Background: 

Back in 2004, the core group of ARCOPOL partners started working together in the frame of EROCIPS project (Emergency Response to coastal Oil, Chemical and Inert Pollution from Shipping. INTERREG IIIB, 2004-2007). EROCIPS’ achievements ranged from the development of forecasting models, risk assessment and guidance on managing volunteers, to the production of training materials and the establishment of ecological monitoring programmes. 

Having EROCIPS as the grounds, the series of ARCOPOL projects started in 2009. The success of the first ARCOPOL (2009-2012) facilitated the continuity of this strategy longer in time, being made a reality in the projects ARCOPOLplus (2012-2014) and ARCOPOLplatform (2014-2015). 

All ARCOPOL projects shared the same final aim, which was reinforcing the preparedness and response to oil and chemical spills in the Atlantic regions. However, from project to project, both the aspects addressed and the strategy used were adapted to the actual needs identified by the partnership. 

Very briefly, ARCOPOL focused on the elaboration of guides and tools to support response operations. Afterwards, In ARCOPOLplus partners kept on updating and upgrading ARCOPOL results, but also made a special effort on innovation, training and technology transfer. However in ARCOPOLplatform, the strategy consisted of stablishing a Platform both for the capitalisation of all ARCOPOL projects results and for public and private collaboration in the scope of the response to maritime pollution.

Objectives: 
  1. Further reinforcing the protection of the Atlantic coast from maritime pollution through the capitalization of ARCOPOL projects results on: contingency planning; chemical spills; drift modelling; environmental monitoring; and training and awareness.
  2. Setting up the ARCOPOL Platform, which is a sustainable structure for public-private cooperation on maritime spills’ preparedness and response.
Results and Transferability: 

The project positively influenced local and regional response systems through, among others, the following main results: the implementation of contingency plans in 6 local authorities and 7 protected areas; the production of 3 Decision Support Tools; the organisation of training sessions (3 workshops, 4 e-learning courses) and 4 exercises; and the setting up of the ARCOPOL Platform.

All the results are available online. When appropriate, information on how to adapt them to other regions is also provided (e.g. the open source tools). Collaboration with stakeholders is promoted through the ARCOPOL Platform. The dissemination of project results outside the partnership was further favoured through meetings with national authorities and the Members of the European Parliament.

Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

The project was implemented in the Atlantic Area, thus in the Atlantic regions of Ireland, UK, France, Spain and Portugal, countries in which organisations participating in the project were located.

Funding instrument used: 
INTERREG Atlantic Area Transnational Programme 2007-2013
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Project or best practice title: 
ARCOPOLplatform - Platform for improving maritime coastal pollution preparedness and response in Atlantic regions
Country: 
Spain
Region: 
Galicia
Funding contribution (€): 
938.044,92
Private contribution (€): 
505.101,10

Commission invites top experts to shape new research and innovation missions

The European Commission launched a call for experts to join ‘Mission Boards’, which will advise the Commission for the identification and implementation of missions in Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme.  These missions will be high-ambition, high profile initiatives, to find solutions to some of the major challenges faced by European citizens, with a clear target that captures the imagination of citizens at large.  There will be five ‘Mission Boards’, one for each of the following areas:

Xesmar

Cloud platform and mobile app, designed specifically for the sea sector, which allows the fishing guilds and associations to improve on the planning, control and access to information of their shellfish workers and producers.

The shellfish workers of some of the most important fishing guilds in spanish northwest region of Galicia already enjoy the advantages of Xesmar. Their app allows them to have all the information related to eheir work at their hands, saving both time, calls and commuting.

ATLANTIC POWER CLUSTER

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Summary: 

Atlantic regions have a huge potential in renewable energy which can be useful for the EU to meet the goals of its energy strategy, while contributing to the prosperity of their industries and populations, and meeting the objectives of economic, social and territorial cohesion.

The Atlantic Power Cluster project builds on the Marine Energy Working Group set up in the CPMR (Atlantic Arc Commission) and is intended to implement a transnational marine energy strategy so the partner regions can seek complementarities to tackle the crucial challenges for the development of marine energies in the Atlantic Area (AA).

Furthermore the project seeks to develop cooperation and joint approaches to facilitate the identification of new market niches in the renewable energy sector and the redefinition of educational and training programs as per the needs of the offshore and marine energy sector in the AA. The project is likewise is expected to contribute to a “greener” model of energy development, while enhancing the competitiveness and innovation capacities in the Atlantic regions.

Background: 

SODERCAN, a non-profit public organization, as the Regional Development Agency of Cantabria, is the major stakeholder in the region of Cantabria dealing with the promotion of competitiveness and general development of the economy, with companies (especially SMEs) as the main target group of the activities involved. Cantabrian companies and Research groups are developing regional, national and international innovative projects in key sectors such as biotechnology, renewable energies, Information and Telecommunication technologies, Automotive or Aerospace.

In that sense, all our policies are aimed at the promotion of Research and Development amongst companies, increasing competitiveness through internationalization, the fostering of cooperation and encouragement of entrepreneurship pass through the executive role of SODERCAN. 

SODERCAN has a deep knowledge of Cantabria’s industrial fabric, after more than 25 years of intense and direct link with regional companies. It has also a great experience in managing R&D and innovation strategies for SMEs, entrepreneurs and setting up business cooperation structures.

SODERCAN has been an evident example of the concept of the triple helix promoted by EU policies in order to implement regional strategies: it has represented the Regional Government in long term strategies for business promotion, together with relevant business stakeholders, the general business community and the Research activity of the University of Cantabria, contributing to the conception of Innovation activities applied to real life developments carried out by regional companies.

In this context, the organization has an active role in the Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation Strategy of Cantabria 2020 (iCan 2020). Under the umbrella of the smart specialization strategy, the regional government publishes the iCan 2020 strategy (RIS3).

Objectives: 

Main objectives of the Atlantic Power Cluster project are:

  • Building a transnational marine energy strategy in the Atlantic Area.
  • Creating an adequate political and social environment for the marine energies.
  • Enhancing the competitiveness and innovation capacities of the industrial community in the Atlantic regions.
Results and Transferability: 
  • Regional Study on RME / Setting up of a Regional Working group
  • Establishement of an effectibe framework for collaboration (Transnational agreement for cooperation) amongst Marine Renewable energies' clusters and relevant stakeholders (Regional Governments)
  • New market opportunities will be identified thanks to the diagnosis carried out which aims to help the Atlantic regions to work together and take advantage of the new business opportunities in MRE. Some of the topics looked into are technology development, industrial capacity,supply chain development and port and logistic facilities.
Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

Regional project managers and teams have liaised with the stakeholders and organizations involved in the different activities foreseen. All partners are disseminating in their areas of influence and regions info regarding the actions developed.  Very high number (17) of partners from different backgrounds.

The project work plan is structured in such a way that each and every aspect of the marine energies is addressed, providing a clear and realistic picture of the current situation in the partner regions, the strategies ahead and the activities and actions to be undertaken.

Funding instrument used: 

INTERREG Atlantic Area

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Project or best practice title: 
ATLANTIC POWER CLUSTER
Country: 
Spain
Region: 
Cantabria
Funding contribution (€): 
1.291.039,26
Private contribution (€): 
n/a

BATTERIE (Better Accessible Transport to Encourage Robust Intermodal Enterprise)

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Summary: 

BATTERIE was an EU Atlantic Area project established in January 2012. Its purpose was to improve the cooperation and links between various transport services within the Atlantic Area region and to promote the application of smart technologies and usage of alternative fuels. The project was created as a response to the EU Atlantic Area priorities. As part of priority 3.1; “Improve accessibility and internal links – Promote interoperability and continuity of existing transport networks, and sea/road/rail/air intermodality;” it focused on transportation and aimed to improve the coordination of and interconnectivity between transport services supplied by various operators. It also recognised and gave due regard to national and EU transport, energy and related economic policies, with particular reference to the objectives set out in the Lisbon and Gothenburg Agendas. The main objective of BATTERIE was to establish the impact of applied smart technologies (e.g. E-Journey Planning) and alternative fuels and to design scenarios and models of changes to policy, behaviour and transnational strategies in order to help optimise transnational trips for passengers. Other activities included screening and modelling the availability, future development, costs and environmental impact of using smart technologies and alternative fuels and establishing pilot networks and demonstration of best practice in this sector.

Background: 
  • Batterie brings some resolution to the issues National, Regional and local government are having to address
  • For example the EU 202020 Climate and Energy package has resolved that the EU will source 20% of its transport fuels from renewables by 2020
  • National and regional and local targets will all be different
  • Batterie is designed to help administrations understand how alternative fuels are going to develop and what contribution they will make
  • It is designed to help people make the shift from fossil fuel to alternative fuel transport
  • It is needed to help both administrations and people together to make the changes necessary to meet targets and in their own lives
Objectives: 

The project main objective was to help policy makers to help the public to make the shift from fossil fuel based transport to zero carbon based transport. In addition to that we wanted to remove the issue of range anxiety which the public site as the main reason for not buying electric or zero carbon transport. Finally we wanted to inform and educate the public about zero carbon transport.

Results and Transferability: 
  • BATTERIE Results: Web Based Journey Planning Tool:- The first in the world to be made available to be public, to allow them to plan a journey in an electric vehicle.  Seen at www.egomap.eu. Reports:- Nine reports have been published during the project. Briefing Notes:- Not everyone has time to read a detailed report. Conferences / Workshops:- There have been seven conferences and workshops.
  • The EGOMAP is available and functioning in each of the partner regions which participated within Atlantic Area. It can be made ‘live’ and functional in any other part of the EU, quickly and at little cost with just the addition of some modelling data. The Reports and the Briefing Notes are available in all project partner languages and are available on the website to download.
Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

There were seven Atlantic Area regions involved in the project: Scotland (Shetlands), England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, France, Portugal and Spain. There were eleven partners in the project and the partnership met regularly every three months for three years to develop the reports, the briefing notes, the conferences, workshops and to develop the egomap.. Further information on https://www.batterie.eu.com/

Funding instrument used: 

INTERREG Atlantic Area

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Project or best practice title: 
BATTERIE (Better Accessible Transport to Encourage Robust Intermodal Enterprise)
Country: 
United Kingdom
Region: 
Northern Ireland
Funding contribution (€): 
2.550.000,00
Private contribution (€): 
850.000,00

Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements.

Deadline: 
August 29, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget for this call is 391.000.000,00
Sector of Activity:
Research & innovation

The call envisages to select beneficiaries implementing the EYE programme and, thus, contributing to the COSME objective "Promotion of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial culture".

Deadline: 
July 11, 2019
Geographical Coverage: European
Budget: 
The available budget is 5.581.701,00 euro
Sector of Activity:
other
Other Sector of Activity: 
Entrepreneurship

Blue Tech – Enhancing the Blue Bioresources Niche of Excellence

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Summary: 

The project has contributed to develop the marine bio-resources sector at the Atlantic level. Gathering economic and innovation development agencies, local authorities and scientific organisations, it has capitalized on projects previously developed under this theme. Based on these projects, partners have identified the main obstacles, but also the drivers to the development of the Blue Biotech sector. The project has also prepared the future of the marine biotech sector, it gained in visibility among economic players and the general public through notably the creation of the video, but also the organization of public event (ex. 100 EU participants during the final conference in Cadiz).Finally, through the identification of transnational structuring projects, the project has represented an essential link to the 2014-2020 programming period. It also contributed to the operational implementation of the Action Plan recently adopted in the framework of the EU Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic region.

Background: 

In a context of global crisis of the economy, the blue economy represents an essential stake for the future development of our maritime territories.  The ocean is a source of innovation, growth and jobs. Marine bio-resources constitute a sector with high growth potential but still largely unexploited by businesses. These latter have to face many constraints and barriers (legal, environmental, economic and social).

Objectives: 

The main objective of the Atlantic Blue Tech project was to enhance the blue biotechnologies niche of excellence, factor of growth for the Atlantic area, with a specific focus on innovation and small to medium-sized companies. The project has also contributed to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan Priority 1 “Promote entrepreneurship and innovation”.

Results and Transferability: 

Atlantic Blue Tech partners not only worked on obstacles as it is often the case in EU projects, but went further with the identification of drivers to the development of blue biotech SMEs. Thanks to the creation of LAG and TAG, the partners successfully managed to make people work together at both regional and European levels, which is a guarantee of lasting effects of the project. The deliverables of the project are still available on the www.atlanticbluetech.eu website for policy makers, SMEs or any interested actor intending to develop the marine biotech sector.  As the lead partner, Technopôle Brest-Iroise (TBI) also continues to speak about the project in different meetings it is involved in, to provide its experience to other regions and member States.  The best practice demonstrated within ABT are the local & transnational action groups. The project partners really wanted to involve their local communities. They thus set up 5 LAG which assessed the project results, and gave their views on the orientation of ABT. 2 TAG meetings were organized to favor collaborations at the Atlantic level and to support the emergence of new project ideas.

Project/Activity location and area of focus: 

The project has been implemented in the framework of the Interreg IVB Atlantic area programme gathering 8 partners from 5 countries. It was divided into 3 steps: Study of the existing local, national and EU projects related to marine bioresources; Identification of drivers and barriers to the development of blue biotech SME; Imagine the future of the marine biotech market, and promote the sector.

Funding instrument used: 

ERDF

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Project or best practice title: 
Blue Tech – Enhancing the Blue Bioresources Niche of Excellence
Country: 
France
Region: 
Brittany / Bretagne
Funding contribution (€): 
736,155.77
Private contribution (€): 
396.392,47

Release of the European Ocean Observing Conference Report

The report of the EOOS Conference 2018 and the related Call to Action has been published and it contains the key conclusions of the conference as well as highlights of the interactions and dialogues of the event, from plenary presentations to panel discussions and from group breakout discussions to pitch presentations and exhibition showcases.