The Lisbon meeting was third in the series of meetings set up to encourage Member States to deliver key investment and research priorities as well as projects for consideration in our Atlantic Action Plan by 15 May 2012. As well as Matthew and myself there were representatives from DG-REGIO (Vicente Rodriguez Saez and José Antonio Ruiz de Casas) and DG-RTD (Maria Teresa Caetano). The Portuguese side was chaired by João Ribeiro, Director-General of Maritime Affairs, and included about 30 others from State Secretariats (Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation, Science, Economic Affairs and Regional Development, the Sea), Directorates General (Maritime Affairs, Natural Resources, Maritime Safety and Services), Offices (international Relations). Ministries (Agriculture, Sea. Foreign Affairs, Environment and Spatial Planning), Regional Development Coordination Commissions (North, Centre, Lisbon , Alentejo, Algarve), Regional Secretariats of Environment and Natural Resources (Madeira) and the Regional Director for Maritime Affairs of the Azores. The regional representation included Presidents and Vice-Presidents.
After presentations by MARE, REGIO and RTD the following points were made: