Ports towards Accessibility and Sustainable Maritime Transport in the Mediterranean?

The “Ports towards Accessibility and Sustainable Maritime Transport in the Mediterranean” event, jointly organized by the Intermediterranean Commission of the CPMR, the Junta of Andalucía, the University and the Port of Malaga, in the framework of COM&CAP MarInA-Med (Med Programme 2007-2013) welcomed more than 70 participants last April 14th in Malaga.

The Med Maritime Projects present, SMART-PORT, CoRINThos, TOURMEDASSETS, Med-IAMER, MERMAID, POSEIDON and CAIMANs, exposed some of their preliminary results and recommendations to the

 New MED Cooperation Programme (2014-2020) with regards to the economic added value of Ports and Maritime transport in the Mediterranean and European economies, as well as their sustainability aspects and environmental impacts.

Adding to the debates of the seminar, three side events were organized. The first, held April 13, was the meeting of the Working Group of the Intermediterranean Commission of the CPMR on “Transport and Integrated Maritime Policy”, during which the Member Regions exposed the good practices and challenges they faced with regards to connectivity of their respective territories to the TEN-T. The second side event held the following day and complementary to the first one, pointed out the potential further TEN-T connections to establish in the basin to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of Maritime Transport as well as the financial instruments available to fulfill this end. The intervention of the Union for the Mediterranean also stressed the importance of linking the TEN-T to the South of the Mediterranean for an efficient economic development of the whole area. The third and last side event was a stakeholders consultation led by the Med-IAMER project on “trans-boundary mechanisms to mitigate environmental risks” as applied to Maritime Transport and Marinen protected Areas.


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