Apr 09

ATLANTIC PORTS, LOGISTICS AND MARITIME TRANSPORT AS DRIVERS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


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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 a Seminar on “Atlantic ports, logistics and maritime transport as drivers of economic development”, 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.

For further information on the seminar, please consult DG MARE Website

Apr 09

KICK-OFF MEETING OF THE “ATLANTIC TOURISM AND CULTURE” WORKING GROUP

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European strategies for blue growth, for maritime and coastal tourism, as well as the Atlantic Maritime Strategy offer new opportunities for cooperation across the Atlantic basin.  

Through the “Atlantic Tourism and Culture” Working Group, the Regions will now work together to make the Atlantic the most attractive destination in Europe and internationally. Regular meetings of this working group will allow the Atlantic Regions and their stakeholders to work together to develop high quality cultural tourism all along the Atlantic seaboard.  

With the creation of this working group, co-led by the Regions of Norte and Alentejo, the Regions of the Atlantic Arc Commission will have different key objectives such as enhancing the visibility of the Atlantic Arc as a high quality tourist destination in Europe, reaffirming the two-fold tourism and cultural dimension of the Atlantic destination, and strengthening cooperation between towns, Regions, as well as private actors that are active across the entire Atlantic seaboard. 

The Kick-off Working Group was held in Gijón (ES) on 7-8 April 2014 and full details are available on the Atlantic Arc Commission Website.

Apr 09

FIRST ATLANTIC CONFERENCES AND BROKERAGE EVENT

Smart Cities, Cloud computing, Big Data, Telecommunications, as well as Computing, Systems and Infrastructure will be the main topics of the 1st Atlantic Conferences and Brokerage Event that will be held in Santander (ES), on 14/15 April 2014 Enhancing networking in the Atlantic Area.

The main objective of this event is to create a meeting point between administrations, companies, technology centres, universities and other European organisations from the information and communication technologies sector (ICT Sector). The participants can offer and accept collaboration and business opportunities based on technology, through previously arranged bilateral interviews, attend thematic Conferences and display products and services.

Apr 09

ATLANTIC TOOLS FOR YOUR DIGITAL AGENDA

In a joint venture with the ERNACT network, the Atlantic Arc Commission of the CPMR is undertaking a Digital Atlantic consultation among Europe’s Atlantic regions, to help identify their digital agenda needs for the period 2014-2020. Concluding in May 2014, this consultation is based on two different actions: an online Platform and a series of workshops. 

An online collaborative tool, the Territorial Innovation platform is designed to help your region cooperate more effectively with other regions, based on your Smart Specialisation and Digital Agenda needs. Simply create a profile for your region, then upload and share your Digital Agenda priorities and activities. The platform enables participating regions to circulate and receive project ideas, receive information on funding opportunities, as well as raise the profile of their companies, research organisations and universities. 

As for the workshops, the final meeting will be held on 9th April in Santander, to address Multi-Modal Transport and High Speed Broadband. You can follow the event using the hashtag #DigitalAtlantic 

Organised by CTL Cantabria, this workshop will serve as a forum to discuss the impact that digital technologies and high-speed broadband can play in developing and connecting the Atlantic Area regions. It will include presentations about existing ICT solutions for multimodal transport, improved accessibility through the delivery of digital eServices and smart city solutions for a better transport management. As with previous workshops on ePublic Services and Innovation Platforms, attendees will include interested public authorities, universities, research centres and companies. 

The results of this Digital Atlantic consultation will be presented at the CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission General Assembly in Bordeaux on 25th April 2014.

Apr 09

HOW CAN NEW EU POLICIES HELP ISLANDS TO FACE THEIR CHALLENGES AND SEIZE OPPORTUNITIES?

The Islands Commission will hold its 34th annual General Assembly in Rhodes (GR) next 22-23 April at the invitation of Ioannis Machairidis, Regional Governor of the South Aegean Region.

The Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn will attend the meeting speaking on the new EU Cohesion Policy related to island issues. During this session every Island Region will be asked to make a short presentation highlighting the points it considers to be of key importance in the framing, funding and effective implementation of the 2014 – 2020 Cohesion policy. The European Parliament will be represented at the event by Georgios Stavrakakis (S&D – GR). 

Energy, Agriculture, Fisheries and Tourism will also be addressed during the debates. In particular, the CPMR’s response to the European Commission’s Consultation on Energy & Environment State Aid Guidelines will be presented to the participants.

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