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Priority 1: Promote entrepreneurship and innovation

Specific objectives of this priority include:

  1. sharing knowledge between higher education organisations, companies and research centres

Increasing the capacity of the Atlantic area to innovate through research and technology by encouraging:

  1. networking and co-operative research between research centres, higher education and business in the Member States;
  2. transferring knowledge and insights, as well as skills between higher education, business and research, including through regional, national and cross-border maritime clusters and technology platforms.
  • enhancement of competitiveness and innovation capacities in the maritime economy of the Atlantic area
  • Improving skills in traditional Atlantic industries, such as shipbuilding, aquaculture and fisheries, as well as in the emerging sectors of the blue economy by:

    1. putting in place educational and training measures, including cross-border programmes and mutual recognition of national education and training programmes;
    2. raising awareness of sea-related careers, generating an enthusiasm for maritime culture and careers among young people and addressing other barriers that discourage young people from embarking on a maritime career; for example through sail-training, advanced technology courses and other joint Atlantic initiatives.
  • fostering adaptation and diversification of economic activities by promoting the potential of the Atlantic area
  • Supporting the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and revitalising the EU's aquaculture industry through:

    1. developing improved multi-species modelling, fishing gear and related techniques and technologies so as to minimise carbon footprint, seabed damage, discards and by-catch;
    2. sharing information on tools that improve fisheries managers' understanding of the socio-economic and ecosystem impacts of management measures;
    3. carrying out research to improve the growth, productivity, competitiveness and environmental sustainability of aquaculture (including offshore aquaculture) and the industry's ability to respond to market needs;
    4. improving the market position of EU-sourced fisheries and aquaculture products by improving processing, labelling, traceability and certification.