Atlantic ports as drivers of Economy



Atlantic ports, logistics and maritime transport as drivers of economic development
Date: 28-29 April 2014
Venue: Gijón, Spain

To enhance cooperation among the EU’s Atlantic Member States and their Atlantic regions in order to generate Blue Growth, the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission is organising, in cooperation with the Principality of Asturias, the Atlantic Action Plan Seminar “Atlantic ports, logistics and maritime transport as drivers of economic development”, which will take place on 28 and 29 April 2014 in Gijón, Asturias, Spain.

The seminar will explore priorities in the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation that will protect, secure and develop the potential of the Atlantic marine and coastal environment. In addressing defined priorities in the Atlantic Action Plan, the European Commission seeks to encourage interaction and cooperation of stakeholders, along with an exploration of the opportunities and challenges for Atlantic ports and transportation systems.

Objective of the workshop

The objective of the seminar is to help stakeholders learn about and devise ideas for projects that would meet the needs of the Atlantic Action Plan, in particular on Priority 3 “Improving accessibility and connectivity”, and that could benefit from EU or private funding. Participants are encouraged to propose/suggest projects in advance of the workshop. These proposals/suggestions for projects could be then shared with other participants during the workshop in order to bring together potential project partners. Participants are also encouraged to think how they could secure finance for projects in order to be effectively delivered in the context of the Action Plan.

Target audience

Public and private stakeholders and organizations responsible for the design and implementation of projects that could benefit from EU funding (e.g. national, regional and local authorities, research bodies, financial institutions, European and national associations, private companies).


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