Atlantic Conference - Dublin
07.02.2012, Dublin (Ireland)
"The Marine Economy a key component of the EU integrated strategy for the Atlantic Area"
The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney, TD, addressed the conference on the importance of the Atlantic Ocean for the future of the Irish economy. He welcomed the EU’s proposed Atlantic Strategy and stated that Ireland would be at the heart of this new strategy.
The Conference entitled ‘The Marine Economy: A key component of the EU Integrated Strategy for the Atlantic Area was hosted by the Border, Midland and Western (BMW) Regional Assembly, as part of the 2011 presidency of the Atlantic Area Programme, gathered 170 delegates from across the Atlantic Area from public and private organisations, local and regional authorities, universities and research institutions.
All speakers emphasised the enormous potential of the Atlantic Ocean and stressed the Strategy was an opportunity to promote a sustainable growth in Ireland and the Atlantic Area that would also benefit other parts of the EU.
The Atlantic Area programme which currently supports 39 projects in the maritime and marine priority areas of the strategy can boast high quality and balanced partnerships which could help building up the strategy. The programme was presented as a vehicle for the strategy, which would allow implementing joint actions under the Strategy. Finally five projects funded under the programme were presented to show how effective transnational cooperation can be to support the maritime sector.