The integration of maritime issues is now a key area for policy change. As the European Commission has said
"Whether the issue is shipping and ports, wind energy, marine research, fishing or tourism, a decision in one area can affect all the others. For instance, an off-shore wind farm may disrupt shipping, which in turn will affect ports."
Following the success of the ICPS and Government Gazette Maritime Security round table meeting in Brussels last year, we are launching a further discussion to be chaired by Sir Graham Watson MEP. This latest EU initiative will examine the key strategic and technological changes necessary to effectively deliver maritime security in important areas and integrate maritime industries into European growth.
Bringing together key stakeholders, academics, maritime experts and industry stakeholders, this one-day round table discussion will focus on the steps to be taken to secure maritime areas in order to deliver economic growth.
In a time of economic uncertainty, it is important to foster stability and growth in as many economic areas as possible. The European Union has recognised the role of maritime industries in achieving this.
In order for maritime industries to realise their growth potential, it is necessary to secure key maritime areas and routes. Equally, the provision of maritime security in itself can provide the platform for Blue Growth, as the development and deployment of new technologies sparks innovation and delivers jobs.
However, only through continued cooperation between European and national government institutions, industry stakeholders and third sector maritime actors can this opportunity be taken.
This open forum will examine how states, organisations, industry stakeholders and other actors can work together on issues of:
Following the day's discussions, key participants will be asked to provide viewpoints and recommendations for action, which will be published in a special Maritime report as part of the October edition of the Government Gazette.
This event will be of interest to all those affected by these issues, including representatives from