CHALLENGES FOR THE INTEGRATED MARITIME POLICY FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA

CHALLENGES FOR THE INTEGRATED MARITIME POLICY FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA

26TH MAY 2015, BARCELONA, SPAIN

Adriapol Institute participated at the International Conference: "Challenges for the Integrated Maritime Policy for the Mediterranean Sea" on 26th May 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

"Challenges for the Integrated Maritime Policy for the Mediterranean Sea" is a conference organized by the Government of Catalonia in the framework of the COM&CAP MarInA-Med project (Med Programme 2007-2013). Its aim is to present the conclusions and recommendations of the 13 Med Maritime Projects gathered in the COM&CAP MarInA-Med Policy Paper to the main beneficiaries, policy-makers and stakeholders. The COM&CAP MarInA-Med horizontal project responds to the innovative call of the Med Programme for a project to ensure the communication and capitalization activities of the 13 projects selected under its last call focused on Maritime Integrated Approach. It will play a strategic role for the 2014-2020 programming period of the MED Cooperation Programme through the promotion and exploitation of technical results into political messages. The Med Maritime Projects deal with priority axes in coherence with the "Blue Growth" perspective promoted by the European Union as maritime innovation and economic development, environmental protection, and transport and accessibility. Through various capitalization seminars, - namely "What Future for Fisheries in the Adriatic-Ionian Basin?", "the MED Cooperation Days: the framework conditions for climate change adaptation in coastal areas and Blue Growth in the Mediterranean," "Blue energies in the Mediterranean Sea," "Ports towards accessibility and sustainable maritime transport in the Mediterranean," and "Maritime and Coastal Sustainable Tourism, a key for Blue Growth," - a comprehensive state-of-the-art of the whole Med Programme area and sub-regions has been established.

Concrete orientations as actions plans, recommendations and guidelines for potential future key cooperation projects and initiatives have therefore been proposed in order to enhance the Mediterranean as a dynamic socioeconomic area. Identified common challenges in the basin make crucial to develop the Mediterranean as a priority area for action by strengthening multi-level and territorial cooperation and reinforcing governance of the Mediterranean through potential new emerging models of Macro-Regional and/or Sea-basin strategies. Bringing together representatives of EU and Euro-Med Institutions and Assemblies (DGs of the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, EU Committee of the Regions, etc.), national, local and regional authorities, Mediterranean networks, universities and research centers, the private sector as well as the representatives of transnational cooperation projects, the Final Conference of the Med Maritime Projects shall allow new perspectives, approaches and solutions in terms of sparking engagement in future cooperation initiatives in the Mediterranean to be envisioned. In this sense, experts, politicians, projects representatives, and the audience will interact in the framework of a political discussion and a technical one.