Ms Tiina Perho, Chair of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission Maritime Working Group was invited to speak at the Conference on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) which was jointly organised by the Estonian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission on 12-13 October 2017 in Tallinn.

Stakeholders and experts on maritime affairs from all across Europe were convened to discuss how the EMFF is helping to support the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy and Maritime Policy for the 2014-2020 programming period.

The event was also a good opportunity to discuss the current and future challenges of coastal communities, as well as potential policy responses.

Ms Tiina Perho represented the CPMR in a panel discussion exploring how macro-regional and sea-basin strategies can provide a framework for integrated approaches to maritime issues and promote common solutions and actions.

On lessons to be learned from the on-going programming period, Ms Tiina Perho concluded: “We know that the trends in the maritime sector are – as they are nowadays in all the other sectors – changing constantly, and changing rapidly. In order to keep up with the developments of the field, and to find the best possibilities and networks, one needs to be active and open to new ideas. Hence, the programmes are too defined and pre-set for the whole seven-year financing period. We need more flexibility to make changes in programme content”.

For more information about the conference “Beyond 2020: Supporting Europe’s Coastal Communities”, please click here.