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Marine-related Research and the Future European Maritime Policy

Funded under: FP6, FP7


Marine research has been identified by the European Commission as a key element of the future Maritime Policy. This has been recognised both in the Communication on Maritime Policy(1) and in the EU's overall strategic objectives for 2005-2009, where it is noted that an all-encompassing maritime policy should be supported by excellence in marine scientific research, technology and innovation.
This paper outlines the challenges and opportunities in marine-related research in Europe with regard to a future EU Maritime Policy. The paper describes the contribution from the European Research Framework Programmes, as well as from other research activities at international level, and their impact on the marine and maritime sector. Specific challenges arising in the domain are considered, as well as the opportunities offered by the existing schemes; consideration is also given to new activities that could or should be undertaken in support of a future Maritime Policy.
Research is a cornerstone that supports competitiveness and sustainable development in line with the three pillars of the Lisbon Agenda (Economic, Social, and Environmental). Quality research, which engages with societal stakeholders and communicates in ways that are perceived as being trustworthy and relevant, is a pre-condition for a knowledge-driven economy, and a major contribution to developing robust and sustainable solutions to complex problems. Moreover European Research is contributing to the development of educational horizons, new skills and to the creation of high value-added knowledge-based jobs.
All these aspects are considered as paramount for the development and implementation of the European Maritime Policy. The latter is also an opportunity to demonstrate the benefits for EU citizens arising from European research, as well as further enhancing the definition of the European Research Area.

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