Europe’s seas are a rich and of ten underestimated source of innovation, growth and employment. They provide valuable ecosystem services and resources on which all marine activities depend. Our seas are essential for improving relations, enhancing regional trade and consequently, for the prosperity and development.
Ensuring the sustainable development of the marine and maritime environment requires effective coordination and co-operation between relevant bodies, and actions at all levels.
Governments are called to promote integrated, multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral maritime policies.
The strong contribution of maritime sectors to Europe’s economy and the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy must be reinforced by coordinated action to lower costs, improve resource efficiency, reduce risks, support innovation and make better use of public money.
A valid approach to reach these objectives is represented by the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP), created in 2007, which seeks to provide a more coherent approach to maritime issues, with increased coordination between different policy areas. The IMP is a process addressing all maritime sectors that takes account of competing sectors and interests to provide a coherent unified policy.