Apostolos Katsifaras, Regional Governor of Dytiki Ellada – Vice-Presidency of the Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) will host its next Political Bureau that in Patras (GR) on 13 March 2014. As a back-to-back event, a seminar on the implementation of Integrated Maritime Policies in the Mediterranean will be also organised the 14 March, focusing on investments for Blue Growth in the IMC Regions.
The Political Bureau will concentrate its discussions on the contribution of regions to the Adriatic-Ionian Strategy, the benefits that they could receive, as well as the synergies with the emerging strategies in the Mediterranean basin. A policy declaration on several topical political issues for the Med Regions will also be discussed, together with a draft road map for the macro-regional strategies in the Mediterranean, as the result of the intense work this Commission has been undertaking on the subject. The PB will conclude its work presenting updates and synergies on the implementation of the action plans of its seven working groups and addressing internal matters. Territorial Cooperation and Macro-Regional Strategies, Water, Transport, Culture and Tourism, Youth Policies, Integrated Maritime Policy, Renewable Energies and Efficiency Energy are the themes on which these working groups focus.
The IMP Seminar will reflect in particular on Smart Specialisation and investment in the maritime sector and on the framework conditions for investing in Fisheries Policy in the Adriatic-Ionian Sea and in Coastal and Maritime Tourism in the Mediterranean.
Both the Bureau and the Seminar will be attended by several representatives of Mediterranean regions, the Greek presidency of the EU and other representatives of the EU institutions including the Directorate-General for Maritime Policies of the European Commission. Contributions will also be made by other external stakeholders with regard to the cruise and fishing sectors.