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"Comparative session on sea basin strategies" (5.6)

Event date:
21/05/2010 - 11:15 to 13:00
Table of Contents


    "Comparative session on sea basin strategies"(5.6)

    organised by the CPMR on 21st MAY - 11.15-13.00

    See list of speakers point 4

     1.  Three key messages

    • Any creation of a European macro-regional strategy in any of these sea basins would have to be preceded by a prior consultation and study phase to analyse the specific features of the basins concerned and identify those areas in which a macro-regional approach would contribute added value to already-existing transnational cooperation initiatives and the IMP.
    • Although the launch of any macro-regional strategy will need Member States’ agreement, the local and regional authorities can contribute their expertise, which is based on their knowledge of the specific features of the territory and their proximity to local needs. From this point of view, it can be said that whichever of the approaches is adopted – sea basin or broader macro-regional strategy – neither will be possible without the active participation of the territories, especially the Regions.
    • Lastly, thought should also be given to the possibility of ultimately adopting a macro-regional approach for the outermost regions. Macaronesia and the Caribbean could, for example, be considered coherent areas for reflecting on strengthened cooperation. Their specific characteristics – peripherality and insularity, nature of links with neighbouring non-EU countries – do however create a specific context, to which the macro-regional concept would have to be adapted.


    2.  Summary of the interventions from the panel

    Please refer to available presentations below


    3.  Discussion:

    Given the number and richness of the contributions, it is not possible at this stage to draw very precise guidelines that would emerge from the presentations and discussions.

    In his concluding elements, Paul Nemitz, from DG Mare emphasized two points:

    - The sea basins are certainly a key input relevant to the implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy, but they should not replace other appropriate levels, from local to global. The regionalization of the maritime policy should not result in provincialism;

    - On the question of the relationship between sea basins and macro-regions, we must first think "strategy" before considering how the Community instruments and notably funding can be utilized.

    In his general conclusion, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Chairman of the CPMR Aquamarina working group welcomes the richness of work and announced that the CPMR will organise a full day meeting in autumn 2010 on these major issues.


    4.   Links to presentations and speeches by speakers, and other documentation relevant for the workshop

    The briefing paper which served as the basis for this workshop and the presentations of speakers are available in French and English on this link:,1,2,188 (English) AND,1,2,188 (French)




    • Patrick Anvroin and Julie Gourden, Directors at the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions


    • Jean-Yves Le Drian, President of Brittany, responsible for maritime affairs within CPMR

     SESSION I: Sea Basin approaches at a preparatory stage

    • Ann Bell, adviser of the marine resources group of the CPMR North Sea Commission
    • Vicente Alberto Álvarez Areces, President of the Principado of Asturias, and Member of the CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission
    • Bruno Thenail, coordinator Interreg 4A F/UK

    SESSION II: How the Baltic Sea Strategy enhances the maritime dimension of Baltic Regions?

    • Thomas Engelke, Maritime Advisor, Hanse-Office (Schleswig-Holstein)
    • Catharina Sørensen, DG Regio (Unit E1, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region), European Commission

     SESSION III: Sea Basin Approaches and European Neighbourhood

    • Josefina Moreno Bolarín, CPMR Intermediterranean Commission Executive Secretary of CPRM
    • Corine Lochet, Service Mer, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
    • José Gabriel do Álamo Meneses, Secrétaire regional pour l’Environnement et la Mer (Açores)
    • Sorina Canea, Head of Unit, Joint Managing Authority-Black Sea ENPI CBC programme

     SESSION IV: Some discussions to prepare the future

    • Julie Gourden, Director at the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR)
    • Paul Nemitz, Head of Unit, Maritime Policy, European Commission


    • Jean-Yves Le Drian, President of Brittany, responsible for maritime affairs within CPMR


    The workshop compared sea basin approaches at different stages of implementation in the main EU regional seas. As this is one of the priorities of Commissioner Damanaki and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in the new phase of development of the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy, and as they wish to encourage this option, the Regions of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions proposed an exchange of views and ideas between different areas in order to illuminate the issue and to establish a parallel with the macro-regional approaches also currently promoted by the EU. These macro-regional approaches are not all sea-driven, but some of the areas concerned have large maritime shores, and it seems appropriate to start by looking at possible complementarities between the two approaches.