Aug 27

CPMR Atlantic Commission Internship Offer

The CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission is looking for a highly motivated intern, available in October 2014 for a 5 months internship in Brussels (Belgium).

Starting date & duration: October 2014 – 5 months

Location: 14, Rond Point-Schuman – Brussels (Belgium), with possible travels abroad

Deadline for application: 15/09/2014 – interviews planned in September (skype interview possible)

Remuneration: around 436€ a month, university training agreement necessary – 35 hours per week

The Atlantic Arc Commission ( brings together 18 Regional authorities among 5 Atlantic Member States (Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland and the UK). It is one of the six geographical commissions of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions of Europe (, a network of 150 Regional authorities from 28 States.

The Atlantic Arc Commission operates both as a think tank and as a lobby for Regions at the EU level, representing its member Regions in policy areas such as: maritime issues, fisheries, transports, marine renewable energies, innovation, etc. The Atlantic Arc Commission also participates in European cooperation projects.

The Atlantic Arc Commission is composed of the Executive Secretary (i.e. Policy coordinator) and a part time policy assistant. The Atlantic Arc team is fully integrated in the CRPM General Secretary, which counts 21 people in Rennes (FR) and Brussels (BE) mainly. The intern will be located in Brussels together with the Executive Secretary.

Key tasks:

Provide support to the Executive Secretary and Presidency of the Atlantic Arc Commission by carrying out the following tasks:

-        Policy monitoring, particularly in the following areas: Macro-Regions and sea-basins strategies, territorial cooperation policy, Marine Renewable Energies, R&I, Maritime and Fisheries policies, Transport accessibility, etc.

-        Participation and notes taking for the CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission in meetings (European Parliament, Committee of the Regions, AAC working groups, etc.)

-        Support to EU funded cooperation projects (2 projects currently running: Atlantic Power Cluster on marine renewable energy and ARCOPOL-Platform on maritime pollution prevention) – monitoring on new calls for proposals (Interreg, Cosme, Life+, etc.)

-        Logistic support to the CPMR  team  in Brussels (8 people) notably help organising meetings and seminars

Knowledge, experience, interests and skills:

-        Master’s degree (ongoing or already concluded) in a relevant area (European affairs, law, political science, maritime, etc.)

-        Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken), working proficiency of at least 2 of the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese or French.

-        Knowledge/experience in project management and event organisation is a plus

-        Interest in maritime related policies

-        Strong interpersonal skills and positive team player

-        Willingness to travel abroad

How to apply: Please send your CV (no more than 2 pages) and a brief cover letter (1 page max) in English to with in copy, with the subject: “Atlantic Arc Commission Internship”. We thank all applicants for their interest in this internship. Please note only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Jul 23

CPMR participates in Black Sea Basin Joint Programming Committee meeting, 17-18 July 2014

The activity led by its Balkan & Black Sea Commission has enabled CPMR to obtain observer status within the drafting committee of the Black Sea Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020, co-funded by the EU neighbourhood and pre-accession instruments (ENI and IPA). The Committee met on 17 and 18 July in Brussels, in the presence of a CPMR representative to move forward on the preparation of this programme, and in particular to define its priorities and thematic objectives. All relevant details will be given to CPMR Regions at the Balkan and Black Sea Commission meeting on 24 September in Umeå.

In this regard, the CPMR has contacted the managing authority of the programme (Romanian Ministry in charge of Regional Policy) and the European Commission (DG Devco) to support the request of the Greek North Aegean Region to be included in the cooperation area. This Region was not a stakeholder in the programme in 2007-2013.

Jul 23

CPMR Transport Working Group prepares the Regions’ participation in CEF Forums

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On 7 July in Brussels, the representatives of CPMR’s geographical commissions set out the Regions’ expectations regarding their effective participation in the forums in charge of preparing the work plans of the 9 TEN-T priority transport corridors, which will be co-funded by the CEF. These forums will hold their third meeting at the end of September/beginning of October, attended for the first time by Regional representatives.

The working group took advantage of its meeting to draft a letter from Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of the CPMR, to Olivier Onidi, Director at DG Move, suggesting arrangements for regional participation in these forums. This letter also asks the European Commission to specify how the territories on the periphery and located far from the routes taken by these corridors could be taken into account by the CEF, and how the Motorways of the Sea will contribute in practical terms towards these objectives.

Finally, the CPMR is asking the Commission for the two first progress reports on each of the corridors to be made available to the regional authorities concerned. It is clear that unless they are given comprehensive information, the Regions will not be able to contribute satisfactorily towards drawing up these work plans.

Jul 23

Atlantic Arc Regions actively prepare their involvement in TEN-T Corridor Forums

The CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission’s Transport Working Group met on 8 July at the Basque Government Delegation to the EU to reaffirm its desire to take part in the third “TEN-T Corridor Forum” scheduled in Brussels during the last week of September. The Atlantic Arc Commission is concerned by two of these corridors, the Atlantic Corridor and the North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor. As regards the Atlantic Corridor, this participation will be ensured by the Basque Government (ES) which will formally represent the Atlantic Arc Commission as leader of the AAC Transport working group in the person of Imanol Leza, Director for Transport of the Basque Government.

The EU institutions provided their input to the work of the Transport Group through the participation of Izaskun Bilbao Barandica MEP, member of the Transport Commission, and Carlo de Grandis, Policy Coordinator at the European Commission, DG Move, who detailed the stages for drafting the TEN-T and the new powers assigned to the Corridor Coordinators, especially with regard to the Atlantic rail corridor. Carlo de Grandis also highlighted the importance of Motorways of the Sea, a cross-cutting priority that will benefit coastal regions since it will help to establish connections between small ports and core ports for example, as well as between ports and their hinterland.

The CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission will continue its involvement in the Forum through its member Regions and will help to draft the work programme on the implementation of the Corridor planned for the end of 2014. The long-term objective is also to continue working to redefine alternative maps that genuinely take into account the peripheral areas of the Atlantic. The maps are due to be renegotiated with the Member States in 2022, but the Regions need to start taking action as far ahead as possible.

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Jul 22

Atlantic Arc Regions spotlight on Ocean Energy Forum

The CPMR Atlantic Arc working group on Marine Renewable Energy met on 25 June 2014 in Brussels in the presence of its coordinator and Director of Maritime Issues & Sea and Coastal Development”, Yvan Guiton, representative from the Regional Council of Brittany.

Participants attending the meeting represented the regions of Brittany (FR- Working Group coordinator), Pays de la Loire (FR), Poitou-Charentes (FR), Aquitaine (FR), Basse-Normandie (FR), Border Midland Western (IE), Scotland (UK), Asturias (ES), Cantabria (ES), Basque Country (ES), and also the Atlantic Transnational Network. The feedback on the Ocean Energy Forums held in Brussels on 4 April 2014 and in Dublin on 11 June 2014 was one of the focal points of their discussions, and all delegates firmly confirmed their interest in continuing their participation in this Forum. The next Forum meeting will be held in September 2014 and it will prepare the Ministerial meeting scheduled in Paris (FR) for October by the European Commission (DG Mare) in the framework of the Ocean Energy Europe Annual Meeting. This ministerial meeting will gather the Energy Ministers from European Member States involved in Marine Renewable Energy with the aim of approving the creation of this Forum and establishing its priorities. In preparation of this Ministerial Meeting, the Atlantic Arc Commission worked on a joint position to defend an integrated regional approach to develop marine renewable energy (MRE). The Atlantic Arc Commission aims to establish policy recommendations from the Regions’ point of view in order to ease the rapid deployment of MRE along the Atlantic seaboard. This position will be put to the vote during the Atlantic Arc Commission plenary meeting in Umeå (SE) next 24 September, in parallel to the CPMR General Assembly.

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