European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Joe Borg commented, "The EU Integrated Maritime Policy is making excellent headway, and the list of concrete achievements is already impressive. I look forward now to the consolidation phase, as we build on this basis to provide real value-added to maritime stakeholders, and ensure a truly sustainable future for the EU's seas and oceans."
The achievements include:
· The publication of Guidelines for an Integrated Approach to Maritime Policy, describing how Member States, regions and stakeholders can all help to mainstream integrated thinking and improve the governance of our oceans;
· The Commission's proposal for a European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR), to prevent unauthorised crossings, reduce loss of life at sea, and enhance Europe's security;
· The Agenda for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism published by DG Enterprise, which pays special attention to the need for a holistic approach to tourism in maritime areas;
· The launch of the Marine and Maritime Research Strategy by the DG Research, which aims to better integrate European marine and maritime research sectors, doing away with partitions between different disciplines, and
· The creation of European Maritime Day on 20 May, as a focus for stakeholder activity and the celebration of Europe's maritime dimension.
· Work started on a Roadmap on Maritime Spatial Planning (to be adopted shortly) and tools for better maritime surveillance, which will be tested through a number of pilot projects.
· Several studies are also underway.
Next steps by the European Commission:
· Strategy for the Arctic region
· Communication on offshore wind energy
· Initiative on climate change adaptation
· Strategy for maritime transport over the next decade
· Creation of a European Space for Maritime Transport without barriers.
The very next Maritime Policy event at EU level will be the Biomarine Conference to be held in Toulon and Marseille from 20-24 October. This conference has been organised by the French Presidency of the EU, to provide an opportunity for business, science, government, civil society and media to discuss marine sustainability from a cross-cutting perspective.
Overview of achievements on Integrated Maritime Policy:
Commission press release: