Updated Atlantic Action Plan adopted
The European Commission has adopted an updated action plan for a sustainable, resilient and competitive blue economy in the EU Atlantic area. Research and innovation underpin all four pillars of the revamped strategy which are:
- The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the development of renewable energy - by supporting research and investment in marine renewable energy (going beyond offshore wind) for which the Atlantic has a huge potential;
- The fight against marine pollution - by promoting green shipping and coordinating actions against marine litter;
- The creation of new jobs - by addressing the skills gaps in the blue economy sectors and by supporting cooperation between EU training centres and businesses;
- The adaptation to climate change - by improving coastal observation and designing and promoting cost effective coastal protection measures.
The research activities implemented as part of the Galway and Belém Statements and the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance cut across all pillars. They give an international dimension to the action plan and support its implementation by improving understanding of the changing Atlantic Ocean and its effects on coastal communities and by developing innovative solutions.
The main sources of funding will be European Structural and Investment Funds. In addition to the national and regional funding, the action plan will also rely on sources such as Horizon Europe, Connecting Europe Facility, LIFE programme and EIB financial instruments.