Maritime forum


The Maritime Forum aims to improve communication amongst EU maritime policy stakeholders. It allows parties interested in the EU maritime policy to communicate on a common platform. They can publish events, documents and follow developments in their areas of interest. Information can be shared amongst a closed community or published openly. Anybody can register to the forum and comment on its content.

How can we get more food from the oceans?

Commissioner Vella has requested scientific advice from the SAM High Level Group in the area of food and biomass from the oceans. This is to prepare the next impact assessment for the successor to the European Maritime and Fisheries fund. It follows Commission initiatives in the 2012 communication on Blue Growth, the 2014 communication on innovation in the blue economy and the Ocean Governance initiative.

Last update: 03/01/17

Comments invited on draft report on size, nature and dynamics of blue economy

The study suggests indicators that provide an understanding of how the very diverse activities that make up the blue economy contribute to the EU's overall economy

Last update: 16/01/17

Stakeholder conference – Towards an intiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the western Mediterranean

The European Commission kindly invites you to this Stakeholder conference. The conference will look at challenges and emerging opportunities for sustainable investment and job creation in the blue economy of the western Mediterranean on the 2d of February in Barcelona. Register at

Event date: 02/02/2017 - 17:15
Last update: 20/12/16

EU research on Deep Sea Mining up to 2016

EU research programmes contributed €27 million on three major projects starting in 2013 , 2014 and 2016 and researchers from eleven countries contributed €13.2 million for a joint effort under the auspices of the Joint Programming Initiative for Seas and Oceans

Last update: 18/12/16

EMODnet Stakeholder Conference: Stress tests on marine data - Towards a European Ocean Observing System

How fit for purpose is Europe's marine data infrastructure? How accessible and interoperable are the data? Where are the gaps in monitoring? A series of stress tests in Europe's seabasins have been underway for the past three years. During this Conference the results of these stress-tests will be presented and discussed to find the way forward.

Event date: 13/02/2017 (All day)
Last update: 16/12/16

Second international conference on marine spatial planning

exchanging good practice and new ideas

Event date: 15/03/2017 (All day)
Last update: 15/12/16

Progress in data ingestion - ensuring that marine data are not lost

A gateway will shortly be opened that allows researchers who have finished projects or public authorities who have received data from impact assessments or indeed any other holders of marine data to deliver them for safekeeping and subsequent dissemination through EMODnet for re-use by others.

Last update: 18/12/16

Public consultation on ocean observation

from European Marine Board and EuroGOOS.

Last update: 12/12/16

Lunchtime conference on coastal mapping

water shallower than ships' draughts have traditionally not been mapped extensively but increasing use of marine space is leading to a demand for cost effective mapping of underwater topography

Event date: 08/12/2016 - 12:30
Last update: 12/12/16

Commission launches call for proposals worth EUR 1.5m to promote transnational touristic thematic routes in the European coastal areas

The European Commission is making available EUR 1.5 million to create nautical routes linking up maritime heritage sights across Europe. The announcement was made by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, when opening the European Tourism Day conference in Brussels today.

Event date: 29/11/2016 - 09:15
Last update: 29/11/16

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