Presentation of the rta-atn report on the atlantic strategy towards a functional and efficient strategy

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RTA – Réseau Transnational Atlantique



Brussels, 9th September, 14:30-17:15


99, rue Belliard, 1040 Brussels
In November 2011 the Atlantic Strategy identified the main challenges and opportunities that the European Atlantic seaboard faces in the maritime domain. In May 2013 an Action Plan for the Strategy was adopted, defining priorities and objectives for projects and to boost “blue growth” in the regions of the Atlantic façade.
RTA-ATN, the platform for the economic and social agents of the Atlantic regions, is aware of the importance of monitoring the implementation of this Action Plan to ensure not only that the tools necessary to the success of the Strategy are in place and functioning correctly, but also that they are known and accessible to the agents of the maritime economy, and has been working on this process. Against this background, RTA-ATN has drawn up a report on the first steps for the implementation of the Strategy, focused on ownership of the Action Plan by the civil society agents of the Atlantic regions, and leading to a series of proposals in several areas, namely, communication, financing and governance.

RTA-ATN has organized an event to be held on 9th September, at which the conclusions and proposals of the report will be presented and a round table discussion will be held with the aim of contributing to initiatives and instruments to give a further impulse to the Action Plan and promote wider awareness and involvement among the actors of the Atlantic regions in the Strategy.


14h30 Welcome and Opening Session

    • Joost VAN IERSEL, President of the Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion, European Economic and Social Committee, EESC.

    • Michel HORTOLAN, President of the Atlantic Transnational Network, RTA-ATN.

14h40  Introduction to the Atlantic Transnational Network, RTA-ATN, Michel HORTOLAN, President of RTA-ATN and of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Poitou-Charentes.

14h55 Introduction to the RTA-ATN Report: Objectives and Methodology, Isabelle AMAUGER, President of the RTA-ATN Working Group, Representative of CESER Bretagne.

15h05 Presentation of the RTA-ATN Report, Arantza LOPEZ DE MUNAIN, Co-Rapporteur, Representative of CES Basque Country, Camille BONNEAU, Co-Rapporteur, Representative of CESER Aquitaine.

15h35 Round Table Discussion

Chaired by: Joost VAN IERSEL, President of the ECO Section (EESC) and Michel HORTOLAN, President of RTA-ATN.

Moderator: Christophe PLASSARD, RTA-ATN, Vice-President of CESER Poitou-Charentes


  • DG MARE, European Commission

  • Vicente RODRÍGUEZ, Deputy Head of Unit Competence Centre Macro-regions and European Territorial Cooperation-Transnational and Interregional Co-operation. DG REGIO, European Commission.

  • Teresa LAMEIRAS, Atlantic Area Territorial Cooperation Programme Management Authority. (tbc)

  • Claude WOHRER, Secrétariat général de la Mer, Chair of the Atlantic Strategy Group

  • Luis Miguel PARIZA, EESC Member, Rapporteur of the EESC Opinion “EU Strategy for the Atlantic Region”.

  • Etele BARÀTH, EESC Member, Rapporteur of the EESC Opinion “Strategy for the Danube” and “Macro-Regional Strategies across Europe”.

  • Stefano PALMIERI, EESC Member, Rapporteur of the EESC Opinion “EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)”.

  • Jerry LUNDY, Member of the Committee of the Regions. (tbc)

  • Pauline CAUMONT, Executive Secretary of the Atlantic Arc Commission, CRPM.

  • Tamara GUIRAO-ESPIÑEIRA, Coordinator of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities

17h15 Close

Cocktails in the Atrium

English-French-Spanish simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

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