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Uma Nova Abordagem da Estratégia Marítima para a Região Atlântica Plano de ação para o Atlântico 2.0

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Opinion Number: CDR 4163/2020
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 19/03/2021
 
 taking into account the Council conclusions on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies, it is time to create and develop a macro-regional strategy for the Atlantic area, with a specific budgetary and implementation framework geared to its current situation and potential;

 supports the development of the "Atlantic rail motorway" and of rail port connections, and calls for those Atlantic ports which are strategically important to structure the European transport network but which are currently outside the TEN-T core network to be included in it;

 the maritime nature of the macro-region should be complemented by innovation potential derived from the areas of smart specialisation common to the Atlantic regions: renewable marine energy is a sector where the Atlantic regions have huge potential and practical experience;

 considers that a specific economic and budgetary instrument should be developed for the Atlantic strategy, to facilitate its implementation and the roll-out of its linked actions in a more attractive way. Greater impact if there is a specific call for support for cross-border projects within a dedicated budgetary framework for the Atlantic maritime strategy. In view of the increase in the number of financial instruments available, invites the European Commission to organise, potentially together with the European Committee of the Regions, information campaigns for local and regional authorities on best practices for accessing and deploying those financial instruments;

 suggests combining pillars 1 and 2 to form a single pillar entitled "Blue economy activities as drivers for sustainable development of coastal areas", and developing five goals within that pillar: Ports as catalysts for the regional blue economy ecosystem; Ports as innovation hubs for incorporating technological solutions; Improving activities in mature sectors (fisheries, transport and maritime logistics, etc.) and bringing them into line with the Sustainable Development Goals; promoting activities in emerging blue growth sectors and, in particular, renewable marine energies; and Digitalisation of blue economy activities.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



 considers that taking into account the Council conclusions on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies, it is time to create and develop a macro-regional strategy for the Atlantic area, with a specific budgetary and implementation framework geared to its current situation and potential;

 supports the development of the "Atlantic rail motorway" and of rail port connections, and calls for those Atlantic ports which are strategically important to structure the European transport network but which are currently outside the TEN-T core network to be included in it;

 the maritime nature of the macro-region should be complemented by innovation potential derived from the areas of smart specialisation common to the Atlantic regions: renewable marine energy is a sector where the Atlantic regions have huge potential and practical experience;

 considers that a specific economic and budgetary instrument should be developed for the Atlantic strategy, to facilitate its implementation and the roll-out of its linked actions in a more attractive way. Stresses the possibility of greater impact if there is a specific call for support for cross-border projects within a dedicated budgetary framework for the Atlantic maritime strategy. In view of the increase in the number of financial instruments available, invites the European Commission to organise, potentially together with the European Committee of the Regions, information campaigns for local and regional authorities on best practices for accessing and deploying those financial instruments;

 suggests combining pillars 1 and 2 to form a single pillar entitled "Blue economy activities as drivers for sustainable development of coastal areas", and developing five goals within that pillar: Ports as catalysts for the regional blue economy ecosystem; Ports as innovation hubs for incorporating technological solutions; Improving activities in mature sectors (fisheries, transport and maritime logistics, etc.) and bringing them into line with the Sustainable Development Goals; promoting activities in emerging blue growth sectors and, in particular, renewable marine energies; and Digitalisation of blue economy activities.

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CoR Rapporteur Presents opinion in CPMR Atlantic Arc Commisison meeting

The rapporteur presented her ongoing work on the opinion during the meeting of the CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission. She underlined the need to implement a macro-regional strategy, which would provide greater political influence and support from the European institutions and more adequate funding for the Atlantic area.

 
28 Oct
 

Participation of CoR Rapporteur Paula Fernández Viaña in the meeting of the Atlantic Strategy Committee

CoR rapporteur Paula Fernández participated in the online meeting of the Atlantic Strategy Committee that took place in the form of an online meeting on 25 September under the lead of the 2020 French presidency of the Atlantic Strategy. In her opening address Mrs. Fernández outlined the main elements of her work on the CoR opinion and presented to the Committee the key policy elements from the point of view of the Atlantic regional and local authorities for the future development of the strategy and the region. Other participants in the meeting included the European Commission, Member States and observing associations. (meeting in camera)

 
25 Sep
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